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Premature Evaluation: Atlas

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4 months ago

Atlas “Mega Update 2” adds an icy dungeon, torpedoes and camelphants

Unruly piratical sandbox MMO Atlas looks significantly weirder after the launch of its second "Mega Update". Previously limited to its public test realm and now live, the patch doesn't seem to really have a theme, beyond devs Grapeshot Games adding 'cool stuff', literally and figuratively. There's the Polar Ice Dungeon with a boss fight against an abominable snowman, new islands around the equator and poles…

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5 months ago

Atlas overhauls and adds a fair bit in today’s “mega-update”

Oceanic trenches, new lands, a new land claim system aimed at supporting smaller groups, a rideable giant crab, a submarine, new quests, and more arrived in Atlas today with an update developers Grapeshot Games insist is no mere update but a "mega-update". The piratical survival sandbox was the talk of the port and cock of the coast when it first entered early access in December…

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8 months ago

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Premature Evaluation: Atlas

Last week brought news that beleaguered swashbuckling MMO Atlas had been hacked by a bunch of salty ne'er do wells. The keys to an admin account were stolen, allowing hackers to go on what amounted to a trans-dimensional naval joyride. Invincible armadas armed with inexhaustible supplies of cannonballs briefly ruled the waves, which was to be expected. But then planes fell from the sky. The…

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Atlas rains whales, again

Pirates have once again proven themselves incapable of civil behaviour, as salty early access survival sandbox Atlas has been hit by ne'er-do-wells dropping terrible whales and other oddities all over the world - for the second time in a week. While Thursday's whale of a time was down to a "compromised" admin account, according to developers Grapeshot Games, Sunday's cetacearama was down to "a technical…

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Atlas admin account hijacked to conjure whales, planes, and tanks

Some scurrilous hornswaggler yesterday gained access to an Atlas admin account with dominion over the piratical survival sandbox's North American PvP servers and used it to, in the words of developers Grapeshot Games, "cause some devastation." This appears to have included summoning a great many sea beasties as well as, ah, driving around in World War 2 tanks and raining warplanes from the skies. To…

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Steam Charts: Octopodiformes Edition

A lot of people first discover this Pulitzer Prize-winning* column via the Steam pages for their favourite games, and it's always a pleasure to welcome in new readers to RPS's most respected feature. So if you're new, welcome! Please settle in and find out why Steam Charts is the industry's most respected and revered games journalism.

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Atlas tries to grind away some of the grind

Today brings good news for Atlas players who respond to grind with an "Oh no!" rather than the customary "Yo ho!" Reducing tedious grind is a big target of the piratical sandbox survival game's early access update v10, launched this afternoon, and that sounds welcome. Atlas proudly declares it's from some of the makers of Ark: Survival Evolved, and its heritage is evident in the…

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Steam Charts: The tail of the Winter Sale

Ho ho ho! John still hasn't returned after Christmas, missing presumed drowned in egg nog, so I'm filling in today. Valve have already blarbed about 2018's best-selling games so we're back on the weekly charts. Last week's top ten was largely familiar, though catching the tail end of the Steam Winter Sale has introduced a few surprises.

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9 months ago

Atlas sets sail into early access’s uncharted waters today

After some delays and an embarrassing false start last night that left many of Twitch's biggest streamers and their audiences staring at a blank server list for hours, Atlas is live in early access. The ambitious player-run (rum?) fantasy pirate MMO from the makers of Ark: Survival Evolved is out at a slashed launch price for the holidays. Looking like a low-tech, mega-scale take on Ark, the developers…

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Atlas is a pirate MMO where players run the seas

There's a pirate MMO on the horizon, and its sea-farers look ambitious. Atlas is being made by Ark: Survival Evolved devs Studio Wildcard, and sets sail on early access today. It plops 40,000 players into the same fantasy world, where they compete to govern territory and can fire at any ship on the sea. I spoke to project director/lead programmer Jeremy Stieglitz and creative director…

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Pirate MMO Atlas staying in port for another week

Runnin’ down to Cuba with a loooad of sugar! Weigh me boys to Cuba! Take a-- Whoa whoa, hold your throat flutes boys, there’s something on the horizon. Let me see. Yep. That’s a delay to windward. Looks like Atlas, the peg-legged MMO from the makers of Ark: Survival Evolved, has had its release date pushed back. It was supposed to come out tomorrow but…

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Ark: Survival Evolved creators announce Atlas, a pirate survival MMO

Few people realise that December is when we're at greatest risk from pirates, likely to mistake their bloodthirsty cries of "Yo ho!" for the merry "Ho ho ho!" of Father Christmas and run towards them rather than away. Capitalising on this behaviour, the creators of Ark: Survival Evolved tonight announced Atlas, an "open-world survival MMO" full of pirates. Word of Atlas leaked months ago but…

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