SCS Software decides to release American Truck Simulator a few hours earlier than scheduled, so that the studio doesn’t have to stay up late at night to address bugs.

SCS Software is no stranger to the world of truck driving simulators, and American Truck Simulator is their latest addition to the ever-growing franchise which has done quite well with truck driving enthusiasts.

The studio received highly favorable reviews with Euro Truck Simulator 2 in 2012, but many fans were left with a yearning to roll past some American landmarks and enjoy landscapes that one simply can’t find in Europe. Thus, SCS Software began working on American Truck Simulator, which was officially unveiled during E3 2015.

The game was due to release at midnight tonight, but SCS Software has opted to release the game early. Any fan still waiting on the title should check Steam now, as access to the game should be instantaneous.

The official  SCS Software blog explains pretty clearly why the studio opted to release the game a little early:

We were thinking of unleashing the game at midnight Prague time. However, going through all the release process late at night and staying on alert for a while after the game gets out to see if no hot-fixing is needed immediately takes some hours. The release crew would not get to bed before 4 am.

It’s not unheard of for a studio to decide to release a game a little early, especially those that rely on digital sales exclsuively. Famous indie developer Scott Cawthon has done the same thing more than once, first with Five Nights At Freddy’s 2 and then later with the fourth iteration of the series. While SCS Software’s early launch for American Truck Simulator isn’t quite as drastic as a sudden midnight release, we’re sure many fans were pleasantly surprised by the decision.

Those accustomed to Euro Truck Simulator 2 will find what is essentially an updated version of that game in a brand new locale. The graphics and game engine look to be pretty polished, and we have no doubt that SCS Software had a much better time developing their game than the Ant Simulator guy.

On the scale of things, truck driving simulators are pretty mainstream in a market than can get weird pretty quickly, and based on existing reviews it sounds as if American Truck Simulator will do well for SCS Software.

American Truck Simulator is out now for PC and Mac. At a low price of $19.99, driving enthusiasts will likely find plenty of value in the title.

Source: SCS Software