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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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Feature: What's a pirate's favourite letter?

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 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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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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Feature: Sea Of Eves

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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Feature: Hungry hungry dinos

Ark: Extinction review

I’ve built an army of inflatable flesh bags that puff themselves up to three times their normal size and then launch into the air like oversized, leaky balloons. They’re called Gasbags, and they’re my favourite dinosaur in Extinction, the latest expansion to Ark: Survival Evolved. Whenever I don’t fancy aimlessly floating around on the back of one, I can load any metal I’ve collected into…

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ARK’s third expansion, Extinction, likes its critters large

Sure, you might have tamed yourself an entire stable full of T-Rexes, but humans aren't the apex predators in Ark: Survival Evolved anymore.  At least, that's the only conclusion I can reach when looking at a beastie with claws as big as your enormous dinosaur steed. Announced just today and due for launch this November is the third (and possibly final) expansion to the game,…

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Feature: Grindosaurus

Ark: Survival Evolved review

I had it all planned out. I'd reach level 21 and unlock tranquiliser arrows, which I could then shoot at a triceratops to knock it out long enough to tame it. Then I’d craft a saddle for my newly-owned Trike (as it’s known in the game) and stomp around collecting more berries than I could feasibly eat in a lifetime. I’d use those berries –…

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Ark: Survival Evolved going underground in Aberration

The first expansion for craft-o-sandbox survive 'em up Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] arrived while the game was still in early access, which was a funny move. But since Ark properly, fully launched this week, hey here comes another expansion. Developers Studio Wildcard today announced Aberration, which will explore the caves of a busted Ark filled with weird monsters. Along with new creatures like that…

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Ark Adds Dino Big Enough To Carry A Fortress, Also Poo Flinging Monkeys

The thing I remember most strongly from the Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] segment at E3 was the ridiculously massive Titanosaur which you can build on and wondering how long before someone modded that to reference the Discworld arrangement of the space turtle A'Tuin and elephants. Oh, there's also the introduction of the upcoming Redwood Biome and an explanation of why/how you can fling poop.…

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ARK: Survival Of The Fittest Is Now Standalone & F2P

The trend of splitting games into two continues. ARK: Survival Evolved is carving off its competitive, Battle Royale-inspired Survival of the Fittest mode into a standalone free-to-play spin-off game of the same name. ARK: Survival of the Fittest [official site] challenges 72 players (or 200 on unofficial servers) to be the last person or team standing in an ever-shrinking arena. It's out now on Early…

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Hooray For Santy Claws! Ark: Survival Evolved’s Crimbo

Only two doors remain closed on the Advent calendar (I'm saving today's choccie for a filling afternoon snack) and tension is mounting. What will these final two doors reveal? Will my fun-size Mars bar come in a festive wrapper? Will it have a picture of a raptor Santa? Wait, no, that's Ark: Survival Evolved [official site]. The Early Access survive 'em up has launched its…

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Ark: Survival Evolved Runs Turkey Trial Till Tuesday

Today's the day our Stateside friends move their belts up a notch after yesterday's mashed potatoes and turkey binge. Thanksgiving may be over for another year, but Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] is still running its Turkey Trial event until Tuesday, December 1st. It's a good old-fashioned turkey hunt, with the twist that harvesting their 'Super Turkey Wishbones' will let you craft something special. And…

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Ark Adds Giant Anglerfish And Friendly Penguins

Peel off my scalp, saw through my cranium, then shake the goop out into a video game, and you'll either find yourself in either a cyberpunk girl gang up to no good or dark icy waters filled with friendly and frightful creatures. I'm now suspicious of the scab I found on the back of my head this morning, as Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] has…

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Ark’s New Giganotosaurus Is Basically A Dinosaur Hulk

Colossal, strong, initially sluggish but quick to anger, growing stronger when enraged and even turning on allies? Aye, the latest dinosaur added to Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] is basically the Hulk as a dinosaur. The survive 'em up's latest Early Access update brings the Giganotosaurus, a honking great dino who'll be a little hostile even if you do manage to tame it, as well…

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