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Exclusive interview: This group takes an in-sit trip with Alaskan Road Truckers and its developers on Road Studio

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Our hobby has many niches and corners that don’t often get reported on. Long-haul driving is one of those. It’s there for those who like to relax and get up. It’s also home to enthusiasts who build their own cab, from luxurious steering wheels to replica seats.

It is the largest game, and Alaska’s Roadtruck is the latest to feed it. If we were honest, we could not understand the genre, but curiously found out more. With that being in mind, we found a chance to talk to Michal Puczynski, the creator of Alaskan Road Truckers, to find out what brings people particularly those sm-loving Germans to his wheel.

Alaskan Highway Truckers Snowy!

Hi, please introduce yourself to Alaskan Road Truckers.

Hi, Im Michal Puczynski, CEO of Road Studio. I make sure the team has everything they need to take to realize our vision, and if we see a fork on the road, that is the one who has choice of the route.

Could you give us an overview of the game in a quick fashion?

Alaskan Road Truckers is the first trucking game, but consists of all the additional layers to get the full experience. You play as a man, and you don’t play as a man, so you can leave your vehicle, visit the shops, prepare for the journeys, and take up a different job, which brings you to different parts of Alaska.

We have an open world full of cycles, weather, all sorts of custom, truck repairs and customization, and base development. You are a trucker. You’re not a truck.

There’s a very large and passionate audience for long-haul-shaping simulations like Alaskan Road Truckers. For those who have never experienced this kind of game, what would you like to describe this appeal for?

To the contrary, its about the truck itself. Who isn’t interested in driving such enormous, monstrous vehicles? On the other hand, it’s about the Alaskan experience. Did you know Alaska is the largest nation in the USA but its population is less than one million? There are enormous areas where you are with you. The towns aren’t so vast and all feel cozy and nice. There’s something romantic about living there.

You can get paid for the transportation.

Would you return?

Where did you even start defining an entire US state so that there can be a carman? Have you and the team got to Alaska for that process?

Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to go, so we investigated all sorts of maps and spent hundreds of hours on Google Street View. Our map makes the central part of Alaska a condensed, but faithful version. We have the major cities and many small, but memorable places such as North Pole, a town with Christmas decorations.

Were you the Alaskan in front of Alaskan Road Truckers? Would they recognise a lot of where they live? What landmarks did you see?

I certainly hope you recognize some towns or landmarks. Nevertheless, these aren’t 1:1 depictions, but rather places influenced by real Alaskan locations. As a tourist, we have a set of interest points for you, which you can get to check for, take a photo of, and add to your collection. This are places like the Igloo Hotel or the famous Magic Bus, as it is now removed from the area.

We have some places that we created that are either soft easter eggs or perhaps foundations for something in the future. But I am supposed to complain about that now.

Imagine it a very detailed simulation, especially when it comes to purchasing goods, and maintaining a proper rig. It’s almost 1:1 with the real experience. It is still not a reality of truck driving, as is the fact that you chose to not include anything that you wouldn’t cross on that line? Don’t you see a shower break?

There are things that were discussed but that didn’t happen to the contest. Some of them would cross any line we did not want to cross, such as the toilet break you mentioned. We also decided not to include hunting for now, partly due to the complex mechanics, and partly because of the extrapolation it takes away from trucking the main focus of the game. However, the world we created is ready for expansion. First, we want to a great trucker life game. Now we can turn it into something bigger, if like you.

The fuselage was well built in the Alaska Road Trucker.

Whats your favourite one in the world that you can’t wait for your players to find?

My favorite place is the city I admire and I admire that. I asked the designer to take inspiration from the show location. It’s a wild egg, but it’s not a laugh-out-loud egg, it’s a word for something I love. I wonder whether the players would find it and make a connection.

Alaskan Road Truckers have a vibrant Discord community that keep them updated with blogs and more. How important was your community to the development of Alaskan Road Truckers?

It was crucial. A lot of initial ideas for life/survival mechanics originated from the community. Their feedback on the demo inspired some fundamental modifications in our mechanics. And with their feedback on what we see on Steam or social media, we adjust the game or the art and sometimes give the viewers the right to think about more than that.

We also collect ideas for future expansions that often are shared on our Discord.

Can we expect more content for Alaskan-Mountain Vehicles?

That’s the plan. We didn’t build a map of a huge part of Alaska to simply drop it after the games. We have lots of ideas on how to expand it. And I don’t mean new map areas, but you can also do that in those areas that we already have. It’s not always directly related to trucking because we want you to have a good time in Alaska.

Driving the Alaskan Road Truckers deep into the atmospheric atmosphere, that is just a little more important.

What next do we have for the team? Are you moving states or are there different challenges on the horizon?

We hope that the game will be successful enough to let us keep doing that. On this occasion, to complete the map Alaska, we used the American Motorcycle Simulator. It’s a new beast, rather than story-driven. It would be nice to resume the work on it, because it’s a very distinct game that comes with a soul. We have a idea for something else that would use our experience in simulators and add a completely new layer to them, but the whole time it is too late to discuss this.

And finally money is nothing. How do you get put in your long-haul truck?

A luxury compartment for my dog companion.

Please give the trailer for the Alaskan Road Truckers a watch if you want to see it in action. Alaskan Road Truckers is due to go on sale in 2023 on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC. It will take a long time to arrive for the fluffy dice and cup holders.

Big thanks for his insight into the Alaskan traffic trucker.

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