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#CaptureIdaho Contest

With the recent release of Idaho for American Truck Simulator, the internet has been flooded with screenshots and videos from our community. From the /r/TruckSim Reddit to our official Twitter profile, you have been sharing your journey across this new DLC and your favorite viewpoints along the way. With so many screenshots to like and re-post, we wanted to give back to our community with the opportunity to earn rewards for sharing their travels; introducing #CaptureIdaho ! The contest is simple, capture a screenshot from the state of Idaho in American Truck Simulator, and share it with us across any of our official social media channels with the hashtag #CaptureIdaho. You could win some great rewards! So what should you capture? It can be anything from Idaho! We are encouraging you to get creative with this contest. You could take a photo of your favorite landmark, truck, scenic viewpoint, or even a pedestrian with sweet dance moves. Our team of specialist judges will be keeping a watch and making notes for some of their favorite screenshots. To make sure you understand the contest, here are the rules set to help you understand the entry requirements. Rules Your screenshot must be taken in the state of Idaho in American Truck Simulator. You must post your screenshot to any social media platform and include a tag to our official social media account and the hashtag #CaptureIdaho. You can find our official social media handles here: SCS Software Instagram, SCS Software Twitter, American Truck Simulator Facebook page, SCS Software Facebook page. Third-party modifications, editing, and post-processing IS allowed (get creative!) You can enter as many times as you like, however, we encourage quality over quantity. The contest will end on the 3rd of September 2020. So what prizes can you win? Let's take a look at the rewards on offer here! Prizes 1st Place: a special T-shirt with + a 100€ voucher which can be used on our official e-shop + a Steam key for any of our released and available products on Steam 2nd Place: a special T-shirt  + a 100€ voucher which can be used on our official e-shop 3rd Place: a special T-shirt + a Steam key for any of our released and available products on Steam PLUS we will choose 5 more winners who will also receive a special T-shirt! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/57eb0dc27af2351f2921050bbf4ad7f0aed00f66.png We look forward to seeing all your entries and how you can #CaptureIdaho in a unique or different way! Plus if you want, join us on Twitch and Steam tomorrow from 18.00 CEST as we will do a live stream full of Idaho gameplay, Steam keys giveaway, and chatting with you, our #BestCommunityEver! Don't forget, you will also have until the 16th of August to earn your #CruisingIdaho achievements and rewards (in-case you were looking to kill 2 birds with one stone) you can read more about that event at our previous blog post. Good luck and have fun!

The Great Plains of Colorado

As one of the more diverse states in terms of geography and topography, the US region of Colorado is known for its national parks and modern cities. The state is especially famous for its Rocky Mountains, however, much of the eastern part of the region is dominated by a unique grassland that extends across the American continent. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/47125ad2dd4c86d074a6210fd60da7788d245a36.jpg From Northern Canada to Southern Texas, the Great Plains is an area that stretches more than eighteen hundred miles from north to south and more than five hundred miles from east to west. Today, much of this expansive prairie is used for agriculture that produces dozens of food and fiber products. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/a6e723d2272c04b5b078756989b08009eac7e826.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/4d9cfa85ebb055c74f726b9044618c4aaf46a6fe.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/537aab4af4fbff8013257be69b2357e0c84385db.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/9f485b269708bf135aaab452c170d5ba58276d88.jpg Wheat, barley, canola, corn, cotton, sorghum, and soybeans are just a few types of crops and produce planted and grown by farmers in the Great Plains; but that's not all! This large expanse of land is also perfect for grazing livestock, the majority of them being pigs and cattle. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/85496a95b30501cdbd9c03248b45c0f002b71be3.jpg In Colorado, nearly half of the states 66 million acres are dedicated just to farms and ranches, which makes it one of its largest industries. Drivers in our upcoming DLC will be sure to play a key role in contributing to this important economy and exporting the states produce across the states. From hay bales to farming equipment, truckers will be the backbone of making sure this important and large industry in Colorado keeps on moo-vin'! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/401563329e70a250358aba7df6ff6dbef737c4a6.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/ef3d9ffb58e92b78ff4b201e3a86ef3fc1c90301.jpg If you think that Colorado for American Truck Simulator will be plain amazing, then be sure to add it your Steam Wishlist!

The First 5 Days of #CruisingIdaho

Five days ago, we released the latest expansion for American Truck Simulator, the state of Idaho. With its release, we also introduced a very special World of Trucks event for our community, the #CruisingIdaho event. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/cd9bd0bb899a5d09dca9afcc3711bd6109141f3f.jpg We wanted to set the community goal to a number which wouldn't put too much pressure on our players while hoping it would last for at least a week or two, but you, our #BestCommunityEver have smashed right through it and have left us speechless once again! Your amazing support kicked the Idaho DLC to the first position in Global Top Sellers on Steam to steal a few minutes of fame from other big titles (sorry Death Stranding, but not sorry). Thank you so much for your support! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/c84f5a8da59d4609a6786f994d6fc7a6b7322639.png But that was not enough for you, because immediately thousands of you joined the #CruisingIdaho event and the community goal of 30,000,000 miles was completed on Sunday morning, which left us all astonished! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/54f971e9d23e7416695f4414b5bf2bd598b6dba2.png But please do not worry for a second! Because with the community goal finished, it doesn't mean that we are going to end the event anytime soon! We do not want to bring any pressure or make you feel like you have to hurry and rush through this new DLC to complete the personal goal to earn the rewards. You all can slow down your trucks a bit, open windows, let the fresh Idaho air come to your truck's cabin, and enjoy the view a bit.  The event will conclude on the 16th of August, 2020, 23:59 UTC! Meanwhile, while you're filling up your tanks or taking a rest at some of the new Idaho rest stops, you can watch some of the community videos created in this latest map expansion! As usual, these below are just a very few of those videos and stream recordings that caught our eyes recently, and if you want to find more, or your favorite streamer or content maker, be sure to check the full list of videos that can be found here. Jeff Favignano Clumsy Squirrel Fox On The Box TGM Hubyfan (German Language) SiSL TheNorthernAlex Acepilot2k7

American Truck Simulator pulls into Idaho today

"> It’s time to update your American Truck Simulator road atlas, drivers. The big stateside truck ’em up heads deeper into the midwest today with American Truck Simulator – Idaho, adding miles and miles of the state’s valleys, potato pastures and cold hard tarmac to haul your way across – and a new Viewpoints feature to give you a fresh perspective from outside the cab. (more…)

Idaho Release

The day has come and so has Idaho! Preparations for a release party are in top gear! We are also preparing for a special release stream with special guests. So when exactly is Idaho releasing? Idaho for American Truck Simulator will be released at 09:00 PDT / 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST / 18:00 CEST /  00:00 ₊₁ SGT / 02:00 ₊₁ AEST So what exactly does Idaho have to offer? This new expansion features: Over 3,300 miles of new roads to discover and explore11 new cities - drive through downtown Boise, Coeur d'Alene set on a gorgeous lake or Idaho Falls with a lovely touristic centerA brand new viewpoint feature that gives you a new perspective of the worldExpanded fan-favorite industries such as farming, timber harvesting or wood processingVisit the famous Craters of the Moon National Monument and PreserveOver 40 recognizable spots from the Historical Highway Marker programState-specific geographical landmarks such as canyons, valleys or basalt rock formationsMany familiar truck stops and rest areas that truckers will know from the real worldFinely-tuned road layouts and true-to-life signageIdaho-specific achievements to unlock {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/00eb4813d471592e24614d7076edf43f96337c18.jpg And that shouldn't be the only reason to explore the State for yourself! As an added bonus we will also have a World of Trucks event for all new visitors to Idaho with unique rewards to be earned as you visit each city and deliver jobs. Learn more about the rules in our yesterday blog post and take part in #CruisingIdaho at We'd love to see your photos across our Social Media channels using the hashtag! We expect to have this event available to players for an extended period of time, probably way beyond the point of reaching the 30 million miles community goal. We don't want to motivate you to rush through the DLC in a hurry to make sure you manage to obtain the personal achievement. We simply want to reward early adopters of the DLC for spending quality time with the new content. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/9f30419431304200efd19f890cc5fe88d618da5f.jpg We will also be hosting a special Idaho release live-stream across Steam & Twitch starting at 15:00 CEST. Don't miss out on this broadcast as we talk with members of the map and research teams involved in the creation of Idaho and a special guest appearance from Pavel Šebor CEO of SCS Software! We will be answering questions from the community, talking in-depth about the DLC and of course, releasing Idaho LIVE on stream! With the release of Idaho, we will also be making a new special Steam discount bundle available. Introducing the Pacific Northwest bundle which includes the American Truck Simulator base game as well as Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Forest Machinery DLCs, and the Classic Stripes Paint Jobs Pack. The way Steam bundles work, it's both a perfect bundle for any new drivers who are keen to make a start in their new truckin' career, as well as a way for the loyal fans to obtain the new DLC at a nice discount if you already own the previous DLCs. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/21696c3bcae6dae8b2de6211f450e5bf7364bccb.jpg We hope you enjoy exploring what Idaho has to offer, we will see you on the roads!

Cruising Idaho Event

With the release of the Idaho DLC just around the corner, we want to invite you, our #BestCommunityEver, to join us in Cruising Idaho - our latest World Of Trucks event! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/9f30419431304200efd19f890cc5fe88d618da5f.jpg We know drivers from around the world are excited to visit Idaho, and we are just as eager for you to get across the border for yourselves. That is why we are happy to announce this new event which will reward drivers who visit the Gem State and contribute to Idaho's local economy and industries. The most important thing is to be #CruisingIdaho and clocking up the job miles. We promise it will be worth it, with beauty to behold and a rich history to experience. You can even use your own trailer in the external market! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/e9c0ab203d40e5ce91f1f9ca5d40f79a25a8debe.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/fa62ad36799b867e867881e51ce533573499deb9.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/771e7c0a6b438b63eb455ce9e7b57d28d06deb99.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/0241894d04875bc76cbd861632dd47d60d137be0.jpg The community goal is simple. Achieve 30,000,000 miles (48,280,320 km) while delivering cargoes to or from any city in Idaho. Technical supplies, farming produce, mining, and transportation equipment, household and building materials, supermarket goods, automotive fleets, and parts. In fact, you can deliver anything at all! During your travels don't forget to stop at some of Idaho's many viewing platforms, each offering unique cinematic cutscenes, highlighting the attractions of that area. There's so much to see that we can't list it all, but here are some we can easily recommend. Take in the magnificent mountain vista of Galena summit.Cruise over the historic Perrine memorial bridge with its majestic views, including the Shosone Falls.Experience the volcanic Craters of the Moon National Monument.Take a snapshot at the famous 45th parallel north, halfway between the Equator and North Pole.See if you can spot Sharlie, the famous serpent, in McCalls' Payette Lake.Navigate through the craggy and imposing Grand View Canyon.Pull over to read some of the many Historical Markers that preserve the history of the early pioneers and Native Americans of Idaho. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/9a79576b4f46d09c1099ae8ee96e872fb713ffed.jpg There are 11 cities in the Idaho DLC and we want you to see them all. So, we're giving a special reward for completing your personal goal which will require job deliveries to or from all of them. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/265957df21b12f8d6f68a287e96396ca3e2f554f.jpg Both the personal and community rewards are a reflection of Idaho's unique natural history and beauty, and we really think you will like them. But more on that in the rules, so please be sure to read them. Idaho, Esto Perpetua (It is forever), is our latest addition to American Truck Simulator. Let's see her sites, breathe the air, and take in the grandness of this incredible and varied state. Rules: Using External Contracts or External Market, with a World of Trucks-connected profile in American Truck Simulator, the community goal is to achieve 30,000,000 miles (48,280,320 km) while delivering cargoes to or from any city in Idaho. The cities are: Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Grangeville, Salmon, Boise, Ketchum, Idaho Falls, Nampa, Twin Falls, Pocatello. When a player completes delivery to or from all 11 Idaho cities, it will complete their personal goal. All jobs for the event need to be 100 miles each (161 km) or more. To verify if you comply with the rules, you can review your recent deliveries in the World of Trucks' LogBook. Rewards: Personal goal: Individual player contributions of deliveries, either to or from all 11 Idaho cities will gain that player a personal World of Trucks Achievement and a beautiful Appaloosa themed ATS truck paint job Steam inventory item. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/3ff6fe0b1357d1831d68c3806e6477a266a4ad32.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/04fe9310729bc22e8f7670440a9d1b74e148c9aa.jpg Community goal: When the community goal of clocking up 30,000,000 miles (48,280,320 km) during deliveries to/from any of the 11 cities in Idaho is met, and if the player has also achieved their personal goal then they will receive a hanging Peregrine Gem ornament Steam inventory item. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/60c63a1fa022a08e47b0311b1270bac79cc4a64b.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/f1b0bea3e47b4df97b107809ff40ae4930ee1d35.jpg We look forward to seeing drivers new and old exploring Idaho for the first time, and we would love to see photos from your first journeys across the state border! Share your screenshots and videos with us using the hashtag #CruisingIdaho on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles and we will share our favorite ones (we may even feature some of them in an upcoming blog post!).

American Truck Simulator's new graphical upgrade isn't huge, but it is nice

"> "> "> "> Just ahead of the new American Truck Simulator‘s launch, developers SCS Software have injected a touch of nitro into the game engine with screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO). This technique for making shadows more realistic is not a mega-fancy and drastic modern technobell or cyberwhistle, but it is a welcome one. The scenery just feels more… present. So simply by downloading a patch, my game has become prettier. Nice. (more…)

American Truck Simulator 1.38 Release

With Idaho's release just around the corner and with lots of testing, feedback, fixing and fine-tuning, we are excited to announce the arrival of update the 1.38 for American Truck Simulator! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/bf16381848154b70a75cd337989fc631f9937b60.jpg We'd like to thank all those who took part in your bug reports, opinions, and general feedback. We hope you can now begin to fully enjoy the various new features which are included within this update. So, what can you expect to find in the 1.38 update ATS? Lets us give you a quick recap of the most significant changes. First off, the city of Las Vegas has received a major revamp, which includes new road networks, updates to existing interstate junctions, more detailed scenery, and the inclusion of newer vegetation, terrain textures, and much more! You can find a more in-depth blog post on the subject which showcases many of the changes found in and around the city. But the best way to see it all is to see the city for yourself! So be sure to make that trip to Nevada and let us know what you think through our social media channels. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/6e632b5379c1a8142524dcdd7a48288b150100b8.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/d2756a8120c4e00aed94cad13e6ea153d76ed280.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/334a36efcca8bcada70f8fcacb6db713024c9dac.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/51b4ff4f38ba58c59874434b98a9b9a1e1b8a85e.jpg Las Vegas isn't the only part of the American Truck Simulator world to receive an update in 1.38, one of the more noticeable changes are to Truckstops. One of the first changes you will notice at Truckstops in ATS is that fuel stations now have lanes with appropriate width for trucks to pull up and refuel in. We have also implemented (where possible) guidance lines to help drivers line up their trucks to avoid damaging their vehicles upon entry and exit. Plus there is a completely new truck stop placed on the US-111 road now! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/f0e4bba3ebb1861041c7a781828875072110f2e7.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/eabd1a4d221e03b0f807d4e2c29eb93dc3ec017e.jpg We are also excited to introduce the inclusion of a computer graphics technique for efficiently approximating ambient occlusion effects in real-time. Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, better known in its shorter form SSAO, creates shadows in the areas where objects connect, to give it a more natural and believable look in terms of lighting and shadows. Less powerful GPUs may struggle to keep up at full quality, and with 400% or similarly high scaling selected, even mid-range machines would feel the impact on fps. If you are not happy with framerate after this update, please open the advanced graphics options in the game and try to find the right combination of scaling and SSAO quality for you. With a weaker GPU, it may be advisable to switch off SSAO completely. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/6c7bca7406dadb949f8236138dae466e858a3b5a.jpg This new feature can be better explained by one of our senior programmers, be sure to read a more in-depth post about the topic at our Under the Hood blog post here {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/bc85b5bab17a1b48656c0b507940b04e92d0cb0e.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/6f1408817ec46538072bc6ba235afb839ff9c176.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/3c4367a4b68a65dc4721eea7d6635d956e047147.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/fcd72bdcce65801b632c27dce594eb5e34280263.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/bcbbc1c9d08cc1d0c47e38b7411e2cde98a44e33.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/15af81906c5f5afa0429f6e98d8d943d104b0258.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/b03bf42d5533104793d84acbf0c13f88b3419f6b.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/882a7d207bf66a205d0e2b25930b3c6d0acda49f.jpg We are also excited to introduce a long-requested update to the RGB Color Picker which drivers use to paint their trucks when purchasing or tuning their truck. You now have the option to input specific color inputs (HSV, RGB, and HEX). We know that many drivers like to match their truck colors the same across their whole fleet, so we hope this feature is useful to you. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/d71b7c58ad880db653e18f612f8ffb008a6b5da6.jpg There is much more packed into this update! If you would like a more in-depth read of other features included in this update, take a read of our previous blogpost for the 1.38 Open Beta. MAP Las Vegas city revamped (I-515/I-11 interstate bypass + the whole city switched to the template road system) US-191 road implemented UT-56 road implemented + reskin of a little stretch of US-93 around Panaca settlement CA-111 - new truckstop added El Centro revamped New company in Logan, UT (Plaster & Sons) Reworked all truck stop gas pumps to be more realistic. More realistic dimensions and the logic of how they work NM Shiprock redesigned + piece of US-491 Various map fixes VEHICLES Automatic transmission improved (shifting points, adaptive modes) Las Vegas: New ambulance and fire trucks Fixed steering deadzone FEATURES Visual improvement - procedural ambient occlusion generation (SSAO) Route Advisor redesigned Navigation ETA to the next waypoint in route advisor and in world map Tobii eye-tracking presets RGB color picker redesigned Added RGB, HSV and HEX inputs User defined color presets SOUND Update to FMOD 2.01.01 Fixed the retarder sound when the engine is off AI - exclusion of gear-shifts for trains and electric vehicles To enjoy the 1.38 update, make sure to OPT OUT of beta branches and your game will be automatically updated on Steam. Some mods, however, may have not caught up yet - this update may effectively break them. So remember that you can always stay on 1.37 or an even older branch. The way to access and select them is: Steam client → LIBRARY → right-click on American Truck Simulator → Properties → Betas tab → select the version you want.

American Truck Simulator is headed to Idaho on July 16th

If you’ve been waiting for new roads to ride in American Truck Simulator you’ll be climbing back in your cab soon. The American steer ’em up is headed to Idaho for its newest expansion which will launch next week on Thursday, July 16th. Catch a look at some of the landmarks you’ll spot with the new Viewpoint feature in SCS Software’s new trailer. (more…)

Idaho: Release Date Announcement

With the final touches being made to the Idaho DLC, we are excited to announce a release date for this spudtacular addition to American Truck Simulator. Idaho will be released on the 16th of July 2020! We are excited to be able to let drivers explore Idaho for themselves very soon. We hope this short video trailer will keep you content until next week. If that wasn't enough to get you excited, we also have a gallery of some of the best screenshots from Idaho that have been featured in our previous blog posts along with a few new exclusive photos too. Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/e72e023308d6a6812be1bad838ee701417a64c8c.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/dbb7788b3ac778f79be8d40e4770f5b732097b0a.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/a6551b317ebda59f3bf6b84a64287b0a46c6fdf1.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/255bb588c2b1ca134b32173de93348c6018741c0.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/3bf55c43eee71b1d0d0e0471f8248b50aebb742d.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/fa62ad36799b867e867881e51ce533573499deb9.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/0241894d04875bc76cbd861632dd47d60d137be0.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/c799a4af10c174d2133921481b5d581fb1dea895.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/0f117f768535910236adbffc8b8572c1785b58d6.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/5bed59b3882afd1d601d6c85c404308ea27c9544.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/44c37e68b1b2a65bea1337ec7f2aab2a35e77416.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/7649411667d7e78d5132dab27f6139edaeb66469.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/cd543c501629e4a967f208811f9994a4ff5a6e48.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084219/8e3c479095f430cd2954b0799e844bb0135906ee.jpg With Idaho just around the corner, we wanted to also bring something that drivers in American Truck Simulator can take part in. So you all can expect a very nice World of Trucks in-game event coming live with the release of this map expansion! But more info about that later next week! We can't for wait for you to visit Idaho! If you haven't already, make sure to add Idaho to your Steam wishlist! We thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you across the state border very soon.

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