Not only is SCS Software hard at work developing American Truck Simulator‘s next DLC, New Mexico, but they are also working on the next major patch. American Truck Simulator 1.29 has been made available as an Open Beta in Steam.
This upcoming update will feature several major improvements to the game, including over 600 miles of new roadways, a completely reworked navigation algorithm, rebalanced lighting, and two new trailers. The AI’s ability to navigate roads, especially large intersections, has always been a problem in American Truck Simulator, and it’s nice to see that SCS Software are continuing to work on improving it.
Further changes made include:
- New road signs (like sign historic Route 66)
- Time zones support
- 4 roads connecting the future expansion to New Mexico
- Reworked/new police cars
- Basic engine and transmission info in quick job truck tooltips
- Trailers with state-specific legal restrictions are towed only to services in given states
- AI traffic improvements
- Many many hundreds of small map bug fixes, visual glitches, and speed limits
Modders and gamers who enjoy customizing their game, should be aware that this update also includes several changes that may impact them. Be sure to disable all of your mods prior to launching the Open Beta, and then turn them back on one at a time to ensure nothing blows up.
Those brave enough to give this update an early try can find it in Steam by following these directions:
- Right click on American Truck Simulator in your Steam Library
- Choose Properties
- Go to the Betas tab
- Choose “public_beta”, then “1.29 public beta”
This will make Steam download the update for you automatically. Should you run into any issues, or would like to switch back to the main version, simply reverse those changes. No release date for Update 1.29 has been announced yet, but it stands to reason that it will be released sometime between now and the expected release of the New Mexico DLC in December.