American Truck Simulator allows gamers to take on the life of a semi-truck driver roaming the labyrinth of roads across the United States. Simulator games like Microsoft Flight Simulator are no stranger to updates and additional content. Now, American Truck Simulator's developer SCS Software has started testing and update to make those roads a little less lonely.
The option to play Truck Simulator games with friends has been a possibility before thanks to Truck Simulator's extensive library of community mods, especially the popular TruckersMP mode. However, American Truck Simulator's experimental beta update 1.41 will be the first time that SCS has officially supported a multiplayer mode. While the mode is only in beta for American Truck Simulator as of now, SCS Software has confirmed that when the mode is ready it will make its way to Euro Truck Simulator 2 as well.
The official multiplayer mode is called Convoy and allows players to host private lobbies for up to eight of their friends to join. While playing together, players will share synchronized time in the world, weather patterns, and AI traffic. Players will also be able to see one another's personalized trucks as well as being able to take on group contracts that will see them all driving to the same destination together. It is a big addition to the popular series that recently broke into Steam's Top Sellers list with the launch of Euro Truck Simulator 2's Iberia DLC.
When playing in a convoy, players are able to stay in touch via in-game CB radio broadcast, curated quick chats, and text chat. Any players who are worried about their friends driving them off the road or causing chaos, SCS has said that players will be able to restore their saves to their state before joining the lobby when they exit the multiplayer session. For any players who love playing multiplayer games and want to try out the multiplayer, all one has to do to access it is going to the Betas tab in American Truck Simulator's Properties menu and use the password XZo2orrgbG92XMQ.
The addition of the multiplayer mode is one that many Truck Simulator players have been hoping would come after SCS teased the mode in recent weeks. SCS does say that it plans on expanding the mode and its features in the future after getting player feedback, but it is good to see the developers so willing to get impressions from players this early in the mode's development. The experimental patch also includes additional options for the game's photo mode, part one of the game's California reskin, new map icons, and a new fast travel feature. Hopefully, Euro Truck Simulator 2 players will be able to explore Russia and the rest of Europe in multiplayer soon as well.
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