Wildcard’s new MMO Atlas has been delayed a week for polish

    
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When Studio Wildcard and friends announced a full-scale, 40,000-person MMO called Atlas last week, we were all excited. When they announced it was launching – into early access – this Thursday, we were leaning more on the skeptical and surprised side of things.

And for good reason, apparently. Wildcard announced this morning that it’s holding off a week.

“After thinking carefully over the past several days, we’ve decided to delay the ATLAS launch until December 19th to give the team more time to run through this massive game’s extensive content,” Wildcard and Grapeshot say. “It’s a vast virtual world out there across the ATLAS, and the team’s going to use that extra time to review every portion of it thoroughly. We’re sorry about the delay, and we know how much everyone is looking forward to establishing their empires!”

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Mikka Hansen

my reaction when I heard they were delaying this a week was fairly similar as when I heard them announcing it

I couldnt give shit

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Mewmew

“There is a separate PvE ATLAS for players who don’t wish to play any PVP. ”

Curiosity piqued.

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Toy Clown

Same! I’d play the game in a heartbeat if it had a PvE mode.

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Robert Mann

Well, simply put it does. How some things will work in it is up to question (like territory control, for example).

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McGuffn

This was announced just last week and it’s already been delayed (by 100%)

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Crowe

LOL, nice.

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rafael12104

I trust Wildcard about as far as I can throw a Dino. Heh. I remember Ark early access all too well.

So, polish? Lol! Yeah, sure. Let’s see this polished gem.

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Crowe

Seriously. It’s gotta be pretty bad off if they’re holding a week for “polish” of any sort as an excuse.

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Tanek

I’ll still wait to see how they manage themselves during early access before making a judgement call, but I have to wonder. If they can’t even start early access on time, how much do I trust that they will have any discipline when it comes to getting a fixed and finished product out the door later?

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camren_rooke

I watched their trailer and I gotta say it seems to be getting giant BAM’s right. Five headed hydras, prehistoric dire hammerhead sharks as long as your galleon, Ogres, dragons even. I also saw a version of Lusca in the mix in there.

May be a diamond in the rough.

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Robert Mann

Hmmm. No non-steam launcher announcement. That would be the biggest bit of polish an MMO could probably make for me in about a week’s time.

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Matthew Ward

Two years of early access. Instant skip from me.

Early access is a cancer in gaming and just needs to stop

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laelgon

I’m curious how long they’ve been developing this for. I feel like no one had heard about this until last week. It’s unusual for their not to be at least a couple leaks and rumors for an in development MMO.

So either they’ve run the tightest ship in the history of MMO development (no pun intended), or they very quickly slapped something together hoping to get a huge influx of cash on a barely functional earl access title. Considering these are the same people who sold an expansion pack for an in-development game, I’m leaning towards the latter.

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AGx-07_162

Eh. They are a studio no one really cares about. I could see something like this being developed without much leaking.

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jealouspirate

How much polish can you reasonably expect to do in a week?

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nvidia

Translation: We found a horrendous bug and need time to fix it.

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Xijit

I read ot as “pre-orders are not rolling in like we wanted, so we pushed it back a week to rope in some more early adopters before we go live and people see how horrendous the game is.”

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Tanek

Actually, that is not a bad theory. I had not thought in the sales direction. I was going with they might not even have the game in a state where it will launch yet.

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Armsbend

If this were Bethesda they’d release it with no plans on fixing the giant bug.

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Tanek

Yeah, but this is Wildcard. They’ll release it with plans to fix the giant bug, get distracted by adding in 100 different kinds of pirate ship, and never fix it anyway.

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rafael12104

Yup. Ark early access all over again.