Truck Driver Already Has Some Pretty Major Updates In The Works

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Truck Driver[1] would be truckin’ on over to Nintendo Switch sometime soon. We still don’t have an exact release date yet, but publisher Soedesco has revealed lots of plans for future updates. Of course, the game is already out on PS4 and Xbox One, so we guess it’s pretty natural for the team to now be working on new content alongside the Switch launch.

The good news is that all of these updates will also make it to Switch, so Nintendo fans will be jumping in with the game at its very best. Here’s the full lowdown:

Visual Damage System

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The new damage system in Truck Driver adds visual damage to the player’s trucks and AI vehicles. In the current version of Truck Driver, players see the damage their truck has sustained on the SatNav.

There’s chassis damage, engine wear and tire wear. These damages have impact on gameplay as well. Tire wear increases the braking distance, chassis damage results in steering deviation and engine damage breaks the engine.

The upcoming update visualizes damage in 3D, by showing scratches and dents at the exact spot the truck was hit. AI vehicles also display accurate visual damage.

New AI System

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A completely new AI system in Truck Driver adds several significant improvements to the AI cars and pedestrian AI. This system introduces individual driver behavior types, such as aggressive drivers and cautious drivers.

The pedestrians in Truck Driver now cross the streets and react to traffic. Additional types of AI vehicles, such as trucks and tractors are added and there’s a more realistic distribution of vehicle types and traffic throughout the map, with dense cities and quiet rural areas.

Unity Engine Upgrade

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Truck Driver is currently running on Unity version 2017.4. This is upgraded to version 2019.2.

The upgrade brings a better-optimised game, which results in smoother frame rates, less stutters and, most importantly, the ability to add new features and content easier.

It reduces file sizes for patches and brings an overall improvement in graphics with better shaders and textures.

We shared a few screenshots of the game in our initial announcement post[2], so make sure to check that out if you haven’t already.

Before you go, though, feel free to let us know if you’re interested in picking this one up on Switch with a comment below.

References

  1. ^ Truck Driver (www.nintendolife.com)
  2. ^ our initial announcement post (www.nintendolife.com)

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