A forthcoming Dutch-made video game aims to capture the experience of building a career in trucking. Truck Driver, set for release on Playstation 4 and Xbox One on Sept. 19, emphasizes the stories and people over the simulation of hauling freight.
The game thrusts players in the role of a new driver who has just inherited a truck from their father. From here, players build their careers and relationships as they take on increasingly valuable hauls.
The developer, Triangle Studios, also consulted with truckers to help shape the game.
“I think in the end, experienced truck drivers or new players will have a good time,” Dutch trucker Hans Hooijen said in a video released by the publisher Soedesco.
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Trucking has a long history as the subject for console and computer games. The Crosscountry series, first released in 1985, became a staple in school computer labs. It simulated long-haul routes and challenged players with variables such as fuel, route efficiency and the need to sleep.
The forthcoming Truck Driver console game takes a more story-driven approach. And even if it isn’t a simulation, the game may offer an entry point for a new generation of drivers.
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