Pirate MMO Atlas is trying to psych you up for tomorrow’s early access launch

    
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We here at Massively OP don’t know everything there is about sailing, but we’re guessing that in about thirty seconds, that giraffe up there is going to be laughing his head off when that raft plunges down a 50-foot waterfall to its doom.

Of course, that’s just the sort of thing players are probably going to do when Studio Wildcard’s Atlas releases tomorrow on Steam after last week’s delay. It’s a terrible time of the year to try to get hype going for a recently announced, now-launching title, but Wildcard is doing its best with a new trailer and a preview track of the game’s score by Gareth Coker (who also did the soundtrack to ARK), which we’ve included below.

And by the way, if you’re wondering why Wildcard waited until almost the very last minute to announce Atlas? “There have been so many cases, especially recently, of hype just ruining and building up a game,” Wildcard’s Jesse Rapczak told GIbiz.

“This is something we’ve kind of done with Ark in the past, just not talking too much about what we’re doing until we’re ready for players to play it. Especially in the case of Atlas, what we’re promising sounds so insane that you really have to play it to understand it’s real. It’s pointless to have six months to a year of people speculating about, ‘Is this vaporware?’ or ‘Is this just empty promises?’ […] I think other people are seeing that too. You’ve got long lead times for games where player expectations in no way match what’s available. And I think if games are just announcing and releasing and players don’t have to have all these expectations built up, they can just play the game for what it is. I think it also focuses the attention on the game rather than spreading it out over time.”

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“There have been so many cases, especially recently, of hype just ruining and building up a game,” Wildcard’s Jesse Rapczak told GIbiz.

and then those:

“Pirate MMO Atlas is trying to psych you up for tomorrow’s early access launch”

“It’s a terrible time of the year to try to get hype going for a recently announced, now-launching title, but Wildcard is doing its best…”

Well, which one is it ?

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Ardra Ventax

I’m going to try it. I am not traumatized, nor am I standing with my fist in the air declaring vengeance on the game company for daring to have a software bug, or charge money for Beta (how is this different than being a pledge/supporter/kickstarter?). Life’s too short to have that much garlic and vinegar in my soul. It’s just a game. I waste more money on alcohol, which is gone in a flash. This might be good, and just might get better, too. I really don’t get the vitriol I’m reading below. #1stworldproblems

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rafael12104

I’m glad someone else remembers what they did with Ark.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Utakata

Yaaaarrrrh…back in the day they used to call me Captain 2 Hooks!

“Why is that, Uta?”

…’cause, I had one hook on each pigtail, me matie! <3

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Sorenthaz

I’ll sit back and wait before blindly plunging in. I’d rather see some actual gameplay first.

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PurpleCopper

Fool me once…

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Crowe

Seriously. I mean, I’m pretty desperate for a new/good MMO but I hated ARK and they were sellouts there so I’m not seeing much reason to trust them now.

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Gadgets-4G

I put over 1k hours in early access ARK. For the low low price of 17.99 And I would do it again in a MINUTE.

Yes, there were problems. And yes it still rains inside the fort but I got TONS of fun I lost it all I built it all I stole it all I just basically did it all. People like to complain. And you know sure there are reasons to complain but the player numbers do not lie that game rocked early access even when they fucked up and sold the expansion (which I did not buy).

So yeah whatever nubs. This game will get my money, I ain’t going to lie. :)

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Rumm

This is about how I feel about it. I got more than my money’s worth out of ARK, and it’s honestly refreshing to have a game not build up hype and expectations for a year before it comes out. It’s a more grounded approach akin to how an indie dev would release a game.

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Crowe

I’m glad for you both. While I enjoyed the character creator, my experience after that went sharply downhill. My wife and I tried to play but could only put in about 3 hours apiece before independently deciding it wasn’t worth our time and we’d rather take a loss on the money than try to find a return on the investment.

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Dean Greenhoe

Worst case scenario, I will have a private world to explore and solo play in. :)
Gonna give it a shot.

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Armsbend

I don’t plan on jumping right in – but I do plan on keeping an open mind about this game. As I’ve said before there are two things (just two) I like about this world:

Pirates and the ships they sail.

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Andy McAdams

Well, isn’t the comment section just a beacon of positivity and hopeful outlook today?

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silverlock

You reap what you sow.

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Andy McAdams

Never to be forgiven, it would seem, for penultimate crime of disappointment.

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Crowe

The paid-expansion-before-actually-releasing was in poor taste. I’ve not heard anyone actually defend that in a reasonable manner.