It’s time to set out on a trip through some of the natural beauty of Texas! You can keep calm, however, as we won’t ask you to drag your trucks over high mountains or deep river ravines. You can enjoy taking a look at the unique local rock formations just the way you like it - from the comfort of your interior. So buckle up, because it might still turn out to be a bumpy, rock-covered, ride!
Perhaps the most distinctive landscape feature in the upcoming DLC will be a vertical rock formation called El Capitan. This limestone peak is a part of the Guadalupe Mountains and it ranks among the highest points in The Lone Star State. Interestingly, this location used to be a prehistoric underwater reef originating in the Permian period (about 290 million years ago) and today it belongs to one of the best-preserved Paleozoic reefs in the world.
And speaking of mountains, Paisano might seem less interesting at the first glance than El Capitan, but one should always avoid judging a book by its cover. This is no ordinary mountain, but a volcano! Well, the most explosive years are now long gone, but during the Tertiary period, this entire area was much warmer than now. The surrounding lands actually contain traces of vulcanic activity to this very day.
While the previous landmarks make you look up while passing by, we can imagine only the bravest among you will want to look down when driving over the Pecos river via one of the tallest bridges in Texas. Once you will make it to the other side it is worth taking a look back though, as the canyon is made of limestone walls, which the river has been forming here for hundreds of thousands of years.
Everything mentioned in this article is located in the Chihuahuan desert (not a place full of dogs!), which, to sum it all up, will generally also be a perfect place for those who are fans of uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains, since, as the name suggests, it is an arid place ruled by the wind and harsh sun. Due to the lack of vegetation, you will be able to enjoy the sight of seemingly infinite plains and tall mountains, and we have done our best to represent them in as much detail as possible, so you can properly enjoy the local atmosphere.
We would also like to give a special shout-out to Andrea, who is a graduate of Charles University with a degree in geology, and conveniently the wife of one of our colleagues. It started with some small consultations regarding the materials and afterward escalated to the stage where Andrea began collecting information on the geological map and helping with research on the overall geology of Texas. Amazingly, she is actually helping with identifying rocks for the European team as well! Awesome work!
It seems like it might truly be worth it to sometimes take a look around while driving through the roads of Texas DLC. That is unless you are made of scissors... Just a little rock, paper, scissors joke for you. Either way, make sure to add the map expansion to your Steam Wishlist and in order to not miss out on any news follow our social media profiles (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok), subscribe to our newsletter, or check out our microsite dedicated to this project.