2019 Racing Games

Updates On The Way For Truck Driver

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What’s coming in on the latest shipment? Is it some Mack-sized improvements to SODESCO’S Truck Driver?

This game was released for consoles and PC last September…you play as a dude who’s inherited his father’s shipping truck and moved to a new city to start a business with it. The entire game is a Career Mode where you’re given mission after mission. Despite taking place in one open world instead of many tracks, Truck driver contains a variety of connected environments, and the truck is fully customizable with mountains of parts to pick from.

SODESCO and developer Kokku have been working on some new updates for Truck Driver…some are cosmetic, like an upgrade to the Unity engine, and others affect gameplay, like a new AI system. Here’s the full rundown….

Visual Damage System
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

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

Truck Driver is currently running on Unity version 2017.4. This is upgraded to version 2019.2. The upgrade brings a better optimized 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.  

Truck Driver is available now for Playstation 4, XBox One and PC. Switch and PC versions are coming soon.

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