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American Truck Simulator Improving Exploration With New Map Feature

February 21, 2022

By: Robert N. Adams

 
 
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Developer
SCS Software
Publisher
SCS Software
Platforms
PC
Release Date
February 02,2016 (Calendar)
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SCS Software has revealed that American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator will soon get an improvement to exploration that will highlight unmarked roads you've explored.

American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator are, as you might expect, games that simulate what it's like to be a commercial truck driver featuring scaled-down versions of their respective regions. These games are always expanding the playable area, too; for example, American Truck Simulator most recently added Wyoming to the game and announced Montana late last year.

 

The developers do more than add new locations -- new features and other improvements are constantly being added to the game, too, such as with last year's addition of a new lighting system. Now, a new feature has been detailed that will make it a little easier for completionists to truly explore every corner of the map.

American Truck Simulator Exploration unmarked roads

 
 

Exploring Unmarked Roads in American Truck Simulator

As highlighted on Reddit, SCS Software will be changing the way "Unmarked Roads" work in both American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator in a forthcoming update.

While the business side of the game is a big focus, some players enjoy going off of the beaten path. Sometimes, these roads don't even show up on the GPS -- and that can be a problem for people who like to explore new areas. Roads you've explored will change to a yellow color on the GPS once you've driven on them once, but that doesn't happen with Unmarked Roads.

 
 

Euro Truck Simulator Update 1.44 (and a matching update with American Truck Simulator) will change this behavior. Going forward, an in-game notification will let you know that you've driven onto an Unmarked Road. After you've driven on it, that path will be highlighted on the GPS map as a dashed yellow line; any remaining unexplored portions of the road you're on will be highlighted in grey.

This small change is a nice touch for enthusiasts that like to explore the scaled-down areas of America and Europe in these games. Both titles are an oddly relaxing experience that is well worth checking out -- you can buy Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator on Steam starting at $19.99 or your regional equivalent apiece.