MMO Week in Review: Atlas stumbles drunkenly into early access, yohoho and all that

    
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2018 just cannot be stopped – not even the holiday season can put the brakes on this train. This week (and after several false starts and delays) Atlas finally set sail for early access, for the fee of $25 and the promise of a lengthy test, throttled servers, and endless cries of “ARK 2.0.” We also got a look at Ashes of Creation’s brand-new “Apocalypse” battle royale mode, raised eyebrows over Squadron 42’s huge delay and Star Citizen’s private investment, chatted with Amazon Game Studios about the closed alpha MMO New World, and debated the merits of Daybreak’s new lifetime pass.

MassivelyOP has been dishing out more awards this week, with our picks for biggest MMO story, biggest blunder, best not-so-massively game, stormiest futurebest MMO craftingbest studio, and best indie MMO. We’ve also kicked off our more silly end-of-the-year awards and our monthly recaps of 2018! Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in our Week in Review, and please, everyone have a safe and happy holiday!

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Every week, get caught up on the MMO genre’s latest news and Massively OP’s best content in our MMO Week in Review! Want more roundups of content? Try Friday’s Betawatch for MMO testing highlights, Saturday’s Make My MMO for MMO crowdfunding updates, and Sunday’s The MOP Up, which mops up all the bits of news we didn’t cover anywhere else.
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Dug From The Earth

I absolutely love the concept of this game… but I wont touch anything this company makes with a 10 foot pole. Splitting their dev team in half and giving it a new name isnt fooling anyone (I hope).

From a sheer programming perspective, their developers simply do not know how to use the Unreal 4 engine. So many bugs, glitches, lack of optimizations, piss poor implementation of default rendering modules.

From a company perspective, they are almost as bad as many mobile companies. Selling full priced expansion packs for games that arent even released yet, questionable false advertising trailers, false promises, etc etc.

This game would be amazing if it were put in someone elses hands.

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PurpleCopper

Holy shit that was some heavily edited trailer vs the real gameplay. I can hear the refunds now…

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Dug From The Earth

The same thing happened with Arks first trailer as well.

This company seems to excel at doing this sorta thing

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NeoWolf

It would have been a painful launch to watch if indeed there had been anything TO watch lol Total sh** show..

My recommendation would be for people to just adopt a pirate voice and go play ARK instead.. same thing but without all the headaches lol

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Arktouros

Seems like the people playing on Private Server are having a grand old time and that really syncs up with my experiences with ARK. Playing single player ARK is fantastic but playing ARK on any kind of public/multiplayer server is just atrocious.

Maybe if they add a single player mode to the game I’ll get it, or get peer pressured to play it by others, otherwise just looks like a huge waste of time.

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rafael12104

So far, Wildcard (yeah, I’m not buying that Grapeshot bullshit) has not proven me wrong. I wish they would, but…

Atlas is a reskin of Ark. And Wildcard is pulling a quick cash grab opportunity during the holidays. So, meh. Same old, same old.

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Dean Greenhoe

I see potential… but there are a few bugs that…

I hope there are some incoming patches soon. I will be staying around to watch this grow. In my imagination, I can see Godzilla coming up from the depths and attacking my galleon. :)

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Weilan

I’d never pay for such a game, I’d rather them pay me to test it.

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Loopy

I tried out Atlas – it was not for me. I don’t think survival games are my thing, and this example definitely did not help. Also, the trailer shows epic ship battles with cannons and whatnot – that shit will take aaaaaaages to build!

I guess i was hoping for a SoT on steroids, but this is not it.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I enjoy single player survival games. But these multiplayer so-called survival games are just ganking and griefing institutionalized.