We can't make excuses for them on this. The amount of depots per city doesn't mean much. The amount of countries doesn't mean much. There are 50 countries in Europe. Same as the US. 48 of them are contiguous for the US that will definitely make the game. If you are going to have 170 companies and Europe is not even finish yet, you could have 170 once ATS reaches the same size, but ATS isn't even remotely close to that ratio. At 170, you obviously have a wide array of companies which is my argument. That 170 in diversity brings cargo. They could have easily repeated the amount of companies in ETS2 just like they did for ATS. Its a video game and all companies are fake so it doesn't really matter if they repeat of not. They chose not to for one game but chose to repeat more companies for the other game. If ATS has 10+ companies per city, that's even more of a reason for ATS to be just as diverse with just as many companies. The amount of countries is really no different than the amount of states in the US. So in a nutshell, every state should have new companies in the US too just like there are basically the same amount of companies in ETS2's countries? If you want to go by countries/states. Add in Canada and Mexico and its even worse with what we are getting.
Now, what the US does perhaps have is more National chain companies. I don't know European companies and how they populate the lands. But the amount of National chains that would make ATS is probably less than 30% of real companies here. So far we Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy and CVS/Walgreens in Eddy's as a few examples. Perhaps a few more but not enough to go beyond 30%. There are many regional companies in the US which would be equal to the repeats in ETS2......but its not setup that way for ATS. Even if we consider the many National chains and regional chains, that would still count for 50% less than ETS2 which would put ATS at 85 companies. We barely have half of half of ETS2 companies. If you remove the base map from ETS2, which is really UK and Germany Simulator, ETS2 is pretty much the same size as ATS, if we pretend Texas is in the game to balance out with Iberia since it just released. ATS was built from scratch so no head starts with anything. ETS2 was from 2 existing games which gave it a head start. ATS wasn't a port from 18WoS to carry those company names over.
Texas and Wyoming are up on the board. What will we get with them? Idaho did nothing for us and dropped the ball for new companies. Colorado only added 3 companies. That is 3 new companies in a matter of a year. That's not a lot of effort put into the ATS economy and something needs to change. I spend a lot of time defending SCS from many things but when there's something that needs to be called out, I'm speaking up. If no one else has the same concerns, I'll just talk it into existence myself. ICC's is my thing. Lack of AA, poor AI, better optimizing, more trucks, move to D12/Vulkan, etc might be some other people's big thing to rant about. We all have something big that we'd like to change and mine is the gameplay..the economy. I'd love to see SCS get major hype for Texas and sell a lot. Texas is huge and can do a lot for the game. But why wait until Texas comes to start adding a load of new companies. Do it along the way with every new dlc and you chip away at it more. If you add them later, it makes it more difficult to populate the existing parts of the map with lets say Target, Sam's club, Costco, Lowe's, Tractor Supply, CarMax, AutoNation, Kohls, Kroger, Alberstons, JB Hunt, Amazon, USPS, etc...those places should go everywhere. Not just Texas and beyond. Wyoming, Texas, California rebuild all have a chance to start making changes now. This 0-3 companies per dlc is disappointing. I don't feel like I'm getting a new dlc. I just feel like I'm getting new roads with the same ole prefabs........just somewhere else along the new roads.