American Truck Simulator is a truck simulator game developed and published by SCS Software. It was announced on September 6, 2013 and released on February 2, 2016. It can be considered a spiritual successor to the 18 Wheels of Steel franchise.
Before you start your career as a ground logistics manager, you will first have to create your profile. You will choose your avatar, your name, your preferred truck, and your company logo. You will then choose your difficulty level (the higher, the more realistic).
Before you start your multi-million dollar logistics company, you will first have to complete quick jobs using provided trucks. You will have to earn at least $100,000 before buying your first truck.
As the player completes jobs and levels up, they will unlock skills. Skills can be used to upgrade fuel efficiency and long distance cargoes as well as unlocking hazardous, fragile, and important deliveries.
Eventually, once you gain enough, you can buy a new garage or upgrade your original, which will allow you to store more trucks. From this point you can hire NPC drivers from a recruitment agency and provide each with a truck from a truck dealership to earn even more cash.
A feature that has been unique in American Truck Simulator is that truckers have to choose where to unload the cargo they are hauling when they reach the destination depot, a function that has been introduced later to Euro Truck Simulator 2. A "desired spot" (which gives out more experience points but is harder to park) and a "safe spot" (easier to park but with fewer experience points) are usually available at every depot. Alternatively, the trucker can skip parking with the price of forfeiting all parking experience points.
States and Cities
Although American Truck Simulator currently only features 10 states out of 50 (and it is unlikely that the entire US map will be completed anytime soon), all states are immense and detailed and feature long roads and large cities for players to explore. It takes over two hours in real time to travel from Bellingham, Washington to Hobbs, New Mexico in game, meaning it will be a very large game once the entire map is completed.
The base game featured the states of California and Nevada on release, with a total of 30 cities (now 31). Arizona was released four months later as a free DLC, adding 15 cities (now 16). The newest DLC, released on September 7, 2021, added the state of Wyoming with 10 cities. In total, there are currently 135 cities implemented.
The scale of the map was 1:35 on release. On June 23, 2016, SCS Software announced that the scale would be changed to 1:20 (1.75x larger), approximately matching the 1:19 scale in Euro Truck Simulator 2. The rescale was implemented in update 1.5 released on December 12, 2016. It also included Santa Maria, a completely reworked Oxnard, and countless additions and improvements to the map.
During the 2020 Christmas live stream, SCS Software revealed that, as the oldest state in American Truck Simulator, California would be reworked to reflect current mapping standards. The rework was officially announced on May 7, 2021. For more information, see California#Rework.
- Main article: Garage
Unlike Euro Truck Simulator 2, where every city has a garage other than dedicated ones like seaports and nuclear power plant locations, the majority of cities in American Truck Simulator do not feature a garage. The list below shows all cities in each state that contain a garage.
Cities with bolded names are capitals of their respective states.
Arizona: Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma
California: Bakersfield, Fresno, Los Angeles, Redding, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco
Colorado: Alamosa, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Lamar, Montrose, Steamboat Springs, Sterling
Idaho: Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, Salmon, Twin Falls
Nevada: Carson City, Elko, Las Vegas, Reno
New Mexico: Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces, Roswell, Santa Fe
Oregon: Bend, Eugene, Medford, Ontario, Portland, Salem
Utah: Moab, Price, Salt Lake City, St. George, Vernal
Washington: Kennewick, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Wenatchee
Wyoming: Casper, Cheyenne, Evanston, Gillette, Jackson
- Main article: American Truck Simulator Trucks
There are seven truck brands available in the game:
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- Main article: Downloadable Content#American Truck Simulator DLC
American Truck Simulator - Arizona
- This adds the state of Arizona to the game. This DLC is free and can be downloaded immediately upon purchase of the base game. This DLC was released on June 6, 2016.
American Truck Simulator - New Mexico
- This adds the state of New Mexico to the game. The DLC costs $11.99 / £8.99 / €11,99, and was released on November 9, 2017.
American Truck Simulator - Oregon
- This adds the state of Oregon to the game. The DLC costs $11.99 / £8.99 / €11,99, and was released on October 4, 2018.
American Truck Simulator - Washington
- This adds the state of Washington to the game. The DLC costs $11.99 / £8.99 / €11,99, and was released on June 11, 2019.
American Truck Simulator - Utah
- This adds the state of Utah to the game. The DLC costs $11.99 / £8.99 / €11,99, and was released on November 7, 2019.
American Truck Simulator - Idaho
- This adds the state of Idaho to the game. The DLC costs $11.99 / £8.99 / €11,99, and was released on July 16, 2020.
American Truck Simulator - Colorado
- This adds the state of Colorado to the game. The DLC costs $11.99 / £8.99 / €11,99, and was released on November 12, 2020.
American Truck Simulator - Wyoming
- This adds the state of Wyoming to the game. The DLC costs $11.99 / £8.99 / €11,99, and was released on September 7, 2021.
American Truck Simulator - Texas
- This adds the state of Texas to the game. This DLC has yet to be released.
American Truck Simulator - Montana
- This adds the state of Montana to the game. This DLC has yet to be released.
American Truck Simulator - Wheel Tuning Pack
- This gives more options to customize nuts, discs, hubs, and hub covers. This DLC was released on April 13, 2016.
American Truck Simulator - Steering Creations Pack
- This adds 20 unique alternate designs of steering wheels from Steering Creations, Inc. This DLC was released on September 14, 2016.
American Truck Simulator - Dragon Truck Design Pack
- This adds dragon-themed paint jobs, Dragon Design rims, and a Dragon Design steering wheel. This DLC was released on February 1, 2017.
American Truck Simulator - Valentine's Paint Jobs Pack
- This adds Valentine's Day-themed paint jobs. This DLC was released on February 10, 2017.
American Truck Simulator - Heavy Cargo Pack
- This adds new jobs with cargo that are much heavier and larger than those on regular jobs, ranging from large cable reels to mobile cranes. It also features new non-standard trailers with complex multi-joint articulation, jeeps and boosters. This DLC was released on June 7, 2017.
American Truck Simulator - Special Transport
- This adds new jobs with heavy over-sized loads that require truckers to follow special driving rules such as no stopping at gas stations and following escort vehicles. The DLC was released on November 7, 2018.
American Truck Simulator - Forest Machinery
- This adds trailers and other specialized attachments and accessories based around the logging industry. It adds log machinery, grinder trailers, headache racks, and more. This DLC was released on June 11, 2019, along with the Washington state DLC.
American Truck Simulator - Space Paint Job Pack
- This adds three new paint jobs to your truck and three astronaut themed items to your cab. This DLC was released July 15, 2019, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the 60th anniversary of NASA. Previously it was an ETS only DLC.
American Truck Simulator - Pink Ribbon Charity Pack
- This adds a pink ribbon paint job to your truck and adds a pink ribbon mirror ornament to your cab. This was released on October 1, 2019, to start Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the SCS World of Trucks Charity Drive.
American Truck Simulator - Cabin Accessories
- This adds interior accessories. The DLC was released on December 3, 2020.
American Truck Simulator - Goodyear Tires Pack
- This adds officially-licenced Goodyear tires, as well as a Goodyear paint job for both trucks and trailers. This DLC was released on May 10, 2021.
American Truck Simulator - Volvo Construction Equipment
- This adds officially-licenced Volvo heavy construction, new jobs with heavy cargo loaded. This DLC was released on September 23, 2021.
- List of Cities in American Truck Simulator
- Highways in the United States
- Wikipedia page for American Truck Simulator
- Official Site for the game
|SCS Software Trucking Games|
|Truck Simulator series||Euro Truck Simulator - German Truck Simulator - UK Truck Simulator - Euro Truck Simulator 2 - American Truck Simulator|
|18 Wheels of Steel series||Hard Truck: 18 Wheels of Steel - Across America - Pedal to the Metal - Convoy - Haulin' - American Long Haul - Extreme Trucker - Extreme Trucker 2|
|Other games||Trucks & Trailers - Scania Truck Driving Simulator|
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- SCS Software, ATS World Rescale is released in Update 1.5!, 2016-12-12 (accessed 2022-04-08)
- Christmas 2020 Special Stream Recordings, 2020-12-21 (accessed 2020-12-21)
- SCS Software, California Dreamin', 2021-05-07 (accessed 2021-05-07)