Open Beta Patch 1 started.49 for American Truck Simulator

Open beta version 1.49 for American Truck Simulator became available for testing.

HDR Skyboxes, Moon and new weather effects

First of all, by numerous requests, the developers added the moon to the night sky! This is a thin, but wonderful touch that adds an additional level of realism and surprise to your virtual adventures on trucks. Curious, but what may seem like a simple addition – the moon – for some time created serious problems. The integration of the Moon into the night sky demanded, among other things, drawing, rendering and calculating lunar light, controlling reflection in reservoirs, working with wet roads and eliminating mirror effects.

In addition to this, the night sky was also rethought, adding dynamic stars that gently flicker, increasing the general reliability of night impressions.

Skyboxes will now have an expanded dynamic range (HDR), which means that the colors of the sky will be more saturated and bright, and the visual effects of the weather are also updated. Thunderstorms now include visible zipper, which provides more exciting experience. And be sure to follow the night sky in certain regions: you can be pleasantly surprised by what you notice.

Technical Center Pakkar

You will find a realistic reconstruction of the Paccar technical center, hidden among the endless landscape of Washington.

Now drivers will have the opportunity to personally get acquainted with the technical center Paccar. Recreated in the game 1: 1, it will allow you to look into the world of truck development. For many years, the Paccar Technical Center has been an epicenter of innovation and developments for well -known manufacturers of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.

This object played an important role in testing trucks, transmissions, technologies and much more and it is here that the giants of the cargo industry move the boundaries of the possible, creating the next generation of cult trucks.

Despite the fact that this area will not be visible on the game map and in the user interface, it will wait for curious players to open many interesting places to study. The developers also added an additional incentive: a small Easter egg will be parked in the Paccar technical center itself.

Dealers of used trucks

Dot trucks will be available immediately in the main menu, where you can choose trucks that are cheaper compared to completely new cars. However, these former use trucks have a certain mileage and wear, which is indicated by their rating and a separate window, which contains detailed information about damage to various parts.

One of the most significant changes associated with this function is the improved system of damage and repair. Previously, individual details accumulated damage, expressed as a percentage and they could be repaired. However, with update 1.49 parts will be divided into three types of damage:

  • Damage: this type of damage can be eliminated with standard repairs, as before.
  • Details of details: components with signs of wear, it is necessary to replace.
  • Constant wear: Parts with constant wear can be restored only by completely restoration of the entire car. This is a more expensive procedure, but this is the only way to return the truck and trailer to the pristine state.

The advanced damage system provides improved control over car maintenance. Now you can make a conscious choice regarding which parts should be repaired or replaced based on your judgment. In addition, you have the opportunity to seek professional advice on choosing the best strategy for repairing your truck or trailer.

Modifiers of key combinations

Another very popular function that appeared in version 1.49 – these are modifiers of key bindings! Previously, when creating a new binding in the menu, only one key could be assigned for action. With update 1.49 You will now have the opportunity to use the combination of the key and modifiers to bind action. For example, now you can assign Shift + L to turn on the light if you want!

This opens up for you a completely new world of key combinations, providing more attachments, but this is not all! Now you will also have the opportunity to tie a short and long clip press. Keeping the key will be recognized as a long press, and the usual pressing of the button will be perceived as a short press.

Keyboard is not the only peripheral device using this change. Controllers will also be able to use this new function!