A big focus of the update is on DirectX 11 (11.1 to be exact). We’ve decided to drop support for DirectX 9 for the sake of faster and easier development. So from Update 1.36 onwards, our games won’t be compatible with systems running on DirectX 9.
And to have some “new” ground for driving these, we’ve revamped two cities in the base game – Flagstaff in Arizona and Santa Cruz in California, which also gets an improvement in posted speed limits. Oregon and New Mexico benefit too from the latter, in addition to other general sign improvements.
There are also quite a few other interesting features! Starting from this update, you will be able to see your drivers, trucks and trailers on the manager map (a perennial item on the wish-list fulfilled, and it’s not even Christmas yet!). We’re also adding Chinese (and other non-Latin) character input, otherwise known as IME, which should make life easier for a part of our community.
Last but not least, we’ve improved Anti-aliasing and added avoidance navigational pins, the latter of which will allow you to set places you want to avoid on your GPS route.
We hope you’ll enjoy all these new additions, but please remember: It’s only an open beta, not a stable public version – so you may encounter bugs, instability, kinks or crashes. It’s completely okay if you want to wait for the final release. But if you’re interested in helping us to get there faster, we’ll appreciate all your feedback on our forum and your bug reports there.
During open betas, we are operating a dedicated alternate site for World of Trucks, which is used to safely test all new features. Please visit World of Trucks Open Beta web for more information. Also, check our modding wiki to get details pertaining to mods for the game.
If you wish to participate in the open beta, you can find this version in the public_beta branch on Steam. The way to access it is as follows: Steam client → LIBRARY → right-click on American Truck Simulator → Properties → Betas tab → public_beta → 1.36 public beta. No password is required.
Don’t switch if you plan on completing any more Pink Ribbon deliveries as there is no going back!
- Santa Cruz (CA) revamp
- Flagstaff (AZ) revamp
- California speed limit improvements
- Oregon and New Mexico speed limit and general sign improvements
- Grain hopper trailer (ownable)
- Bulk feed trailer (ownable)
- Frac-tank trailer
- Avoid pins for GPS navigation
- Drivers / Trucks / Trailer visible on manager map
- DirectX 11 full support (DirectX 9 removed)
- Chinese and other non-Latin character input (IME)
- Anti-aliasing improvements (SMAA, electric-wires)
- New loading screens
- Sun profile changes (HDR)
- License plate changes for AI (data-driven types, background texture data)
- Dashboard display UI elements (digital gauges, fuel consumption bar)
- Map editor history (undo/redo)
- Continuous selection of nodes
Source: SCS Software’s blog