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American Truck Simulator has an early release, day one for Linux

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American Truck Simulator is the latest driving and management simulator from SCS Software, and it's great to see it have not only an early release, but a same day release for Linux.

I held off covering it initially in the hopes they would send over a key, but repeated attempts to contact them for over a week now has unfortunately not seen any reply. I sadly don't have any available funds to purchase a copy and give any thoughts on it, so I am still waiting on them to be able to cover it properly.

The previous game Euro Truck Simulator 2 also has a Linux version, but it never did gain radio support on Linux as it only supports .ogg files. The same goes for this new simulator.

About the game (Official)
Experience legendary American trucks and deliver various cargoes across sunny California and sandy Nevada. American Truck Simulator takes you on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes and widely recognized landmarks around the States.

Game mechanics are based on the highly successful model from Euro Truck Simulator 2 and have been expanded with new features, creating the most captivating game experience from SCS Software.

American Truck Simulator puts you in the seat of a driver for hire entering the local freight market, making you work your way up to become an owner-operator, and go on to create one of the largest transportation companies in the United States.

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Xpander 2 Feb, 2016
my small review:
http://steamcommunity.com/id/xpander69/recommended/270880/

"Great game, like ETS2. Cheap Logitech Driving Force GT worked nicely. Had to change some keybinds for my personal satisfaction, but FFB is not supported on the linux client, makes me a bit sad.
Graphics are amazing and its running pretty good also, all maxed. 40+ fps in cities and 60 locked (vsynced) on the highways.
Radio support under linux client is lacking features like with ETS2, seems just ogg support, but its not a big issue for me since i use my own musicplayer anyway with keybinds to change stuff around.
I never been in USA, so i get to know some places now :)

allmost forgot.. parking with your trailer is a lot of fun now. there are places that are so challenging, narrow spaces with tricky maneuvers to get there.

8/10 for the game itself (because not too much difference from ETS2)
7/10 for linux client (due some missing features)"


Just a random gameplay video (this one was with keyboard)
FPS is lower, somehow when recording, it is trying to sync to 30 fps on heavy areas
View video on youtube.com


Last edited by Xpander on 2 February 2016 at 11:28 pm UTC
M@GOid 2 Feb, 2016
Just played it, works like a charm, because is the same well oiled engine of ETS2. Same performance, no bugs that I found so far in the first 20 min of gameplay.

Some people are complaining about the price an that it resembles too much ETS2. So my thoughts on that:

- SCS choose not to abandon ETS2 after a couple of years, like their previous games, so they keep updating it with new content, engine upgrades and bug fixing, for YEARS after the initial release, for free.

- To keep financing this they release a new paint-job DLC once in a while for a couple of bucks. Even if you didn't buy a single DLC, you still got the new stuff.

- The updated engine ETS2 uses now is the engine they intended for ATS. Using it in ETS2 helped it to look fresh years after initial release and SCS got a up-to-date engine that is bug-free. So Win-Win here.

So, for playing the nice guy, SCS are getting flak from people too cheap to pay full price for a new game, because those people think ATS it is only a mod for ETS2, with less content, after years of getting free stuff in ETS2.

I payed the full price because I like to support a good developer when I find one. They maybe didn't got online radio because licensing issues with MP3, but the sound engine is nice, with full 5.1 surround working (hear that Valve?), support for any controller you plug in (hear that Unity?) and the same performance of the Windows client (at last for me).

But enough rant, let's "trucking".
leillo1975 3 Feb, 2016
This is "the game" for me... 220 hours in Steam with ETS2. Total Must Have.

Thanks for this new. I wont be a linux player if this game was not ported
kshade 3 Feb, 2016
Did they fix Steam Controller support under Linux?
Xelancer 3 Feb, 2016
Great Vid @Xpander; thought you were going to crash at 1:55. #seriousbrakes

Looks like much more fun than I thought it would be; should maybe give these games a try soon!
Larian 3 Feb, 2016
Hey everybody,

I guess I'm just the guy who doesn't get it, so I'm reaching out to everyone on PoL to give me some perspective.

What is the appeal of these truck driving games? I was an OTR driver for 7 years all over the lower 48 states, and for the life of me I can't imagine why anyone would want to do this for fun. I'd rank it up there with (hopefully) non-existent titles such as "Factory Worker Simulator" or "McDonald's Lunchtime Rush".

Hate me if you want (and I mean this in all friendliness and good humor), but what the hell do you all see in games like this? Professional truckers everywhere want to know!
Storminator16 3 Feb, 2016
Quoting: leillo1975I payed the full price because I like to support a good developer when I find one.

This.
Eike 3 Feb, 2016
Quoting: LarianWhat is the appeal of these truck driving games? I was an OTR driver for 7 years all over the lower 48 states, and for the life of me I can't imagine why anyone would want to do this for fun. I'd rank it up there with (hopefully) non-existent titles such as "Factory Worker Simulator" or "McDonald's Lunchtime Rush".

So for sure you're a special one concerning this game. Most of us just aren't, never have been and never will be truck drivers in real life.

But funnily, I've read that it's not uncommon that such simulator games are played by people who have the very same job. Farmers playing farming simulators (you can ride the new tractor there you could never afford in real life!) and even subway drivers "playing" the new subway simulator - and yes, it does exist!

I guess truck simulators have one more thing that many of us ordinary people imagine truck riding as the world of the free, lone rider (while in reality it isall about how long you can hold your pee of course ;) ).


Last edited by Eike on 3 February 2016 at 7:27 am UTC
burnall 3 Feb, 2016
Nice, good to see that we got this one too.

But my next wish is now upcoming WW2 shooter Battalion, I hope it will be ported to Linux, since it's using Unreal engine.
Plintslîcho 3 Feb, 2016
Quoting: LarianHey everybody,

I guess I'm just the guy who doesn't get it, so I'm reaching out to everyone on PoL to give me some perspective.

What is the appeal of these truck driving games? I was an OTR driver for 7 years all over the lower 48 states, and for the life of me I can't imagine why anyone would want to do this for fun. I'd rank it up there with (hopefully) non-existent titles such as "Factory Worker Simulator" or "McDonald's Lunchtime Rush".

Hate me if you want (and I mean this in all friendliness and good humor), but what the hell do you all see in games like this? Professional truckers everywhere want to know!

No worries mate, you're not alone. Same here. All these farming, trucking and what not simulation never caught my interest. I somehow find them too... "common", which does not mean that I don't know what a tough job some of this simulations represent. It's just that I don't find the idea of doing such a job on the computer a whole lot of fun.
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