Atlas struggles to right a ship that is carrying thousands of hopeful players as the global pirate war begins

    
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Caw! Polly is no longer the apex predator!

If you predicted that Atlas’ launch would be a hot mess, then give yourself a hearty pat on the back (and, really, join the crowd). Studio Wildcard’s pirate MMO has had the kind of launch that you would see if the maiden voyage of a ship resulted in an immediate crash into the pier. When Newsweek is asking if your game is DOA, then perhaps it’s time to regroup and try again later?

Atlas portal hosting service G-Portal posted an apology letter to its users on Christmas for the “massive problems” that people were having with servers. “Atlas is in a much earlier state of development than we at G-Portal anticipated (led to believe) and were unable to foresee the issues it would cause,” the company posted.

That all said, Studio Wildcard has great incentive to keep plugging leaks and seeing if it can make this vessel seaworthy while in transit. Steam Charts note that nearly 53,000 people were playing concurrently in the past 24 hours, which is a fairly respectable number for an early access MMO that nobody heard about a month ago.

The studio said that it will be discussing future plans later today, but in the meantime it pushed out a patch that fixes various game issues and bugs that have been plaguing players.

One thing it can’t fix? World War III. Apparently it’s China versus everyone else in the land of pirates and salt water. Very salty water.

Great War of Atlas PVP Servers from playatlas

Atlas is still a top-selling game on Steam and continues to run a slight 17% discount until January 2nd. One player noted that Valve gave him a refund for the game even though had had put in more than two hours into the title.

Source: FacebookPatch notes. Cheers, Steven!
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PurpleCopper

I just love how the Chinese are just zerging people left and right and taking over so many islands.

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IronSalamander8 .

I’ve watched a few things on this,I hadn’t even heard of this until watching WAB’s worst games of 2018 and then saw Angry Joe review it. What a hunk of garbage, even for early access. One must always be cautious of any early access title, but it seems for every Subnautica (which had an excellent early access model), there’s at least 5 of these stinking messes. And yet this thing still has defenders. *shakes head*

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Lethality

Maybe it’s because it’s not exactly as the streamers like to portray it (remember, they’re doing it for views).

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Baemir

So you haven’t played it at all then? And yet you still know with total and absolute certainty how bad the game is. You may notice that all of the game’s defenders are people that are actually playing it, and most of the rabid haters got their information from clickbait. Coincidence?
Let’s not forget that outrage can be very profitable for content creators.

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laelgon

I’ve been having a blast. But that’s because I’ve joined up with a big organized group. Trying to play this game solo, or even in a tiny group is nearly impossible, because nearly every island is claimed by a big group of people who don’t want neighbors.

I’m not dismissing all the flaws. It’s buggy and laggy as all hell, terribly imbalanced, and you never know when the server is going to crap out and revert the last 15 minutes of progress. I also put up with all the garbage in Life is Feudal, so I guess I’m willing to tolerate a lot of crap for a game with a fun core concept.

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rafael12104

And you know what? That is fine. That’s the way it should be. Kudos to you and your group for making it fun.

But what Wildcard banked on was the unsuspecting players. Those that were expecting a workable enjoyable game for 30 bucks in early access.

Sadly, they were boxed in and many won’t get a refund.

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Lethality

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rafael12104

Heh. I look out my window, it is getting dark outside and the street lamps come on. Without looking at my watch, is it conjecture to assume it is getting late in the day? Why, yes. Yes, it is. Is it ignorant? No. Not based on the evidence.

Am I right to make such an assumption based on the evidence? Yes, I sure am.

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Kayweg

I dunno, i think that perhaps the problem was a slightly different one.
Many weren’t quite as unsuspecting at all, but went in there with all alarm bells ringing and every red flag hoisted anyway ?
Sorta projecting into Atlas what they wanted it to be, rather than looking at it for what it was and waiting just a day or two to see how the launch went ?
It’s like games (some anyway) have become the new “opium for the masses”, and the thought of not being there on day one is unbearable.
Must have the next newest fix.
Perhaps a bit too much tinfoil there, but how many times does a gamer need to put his hands onto the stove until he fathoms he’ll get burned ?
It looks like the old doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.

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rafael12104

Fair point. Players get excited and suddenly the hype outweighs everything. But the big problem is that devs bank on that, literally. And for Wildcard, based in no small part on what they have done with Ark, they have no shame in selling something they won’t deliver.

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Kayweg

Oh, they absolutely bank on it, no disagreement there.
Nor do i want to make up any excuses for the people doing it.

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socontrariwise

Can I ask what exactly you are doing while you have a blast? It looks to me after all these twitch streams that you are busy until you have a basic camp and a ship and then … what?

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Baemir

Then you battle the chinese. Also, a ‘basic camp and a ship’ won’t be enough. A fleet of galleons would be better.

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MrNastyButler

Rather glad I didn’t get this game. I was originally looking forward to it but I wanted to wait for reviews because something just felt off about it. Glad I did.

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rafael12104

Your statement is not uneducated. You have gotten a small glimpse of what is going on with Atlas. It is much worse than described.

But, at least, you have been warned, unlike the other host of players who paid 30 bucks and are left with a crap game hoping it will get better.

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MilitiaMasterV

Oh I feel your pain. I was one of the poor saps who paid for Collector’s Edition of SWTOR.

What a let-down that was when they didn’t even send it in time, and it got stuck in a holding facility like 20 some odd miles from my apartment in the middle of winter.

By the time I actually got it/got it all installed and up and running/launch day was already over and it was like day 2-3. I gave that game 6 months paid time too hoping it’d get better, and it slowly got worse and worse until nobody was on any of the multitude of servers. I hear it improved after I left, but it was a real let-down then, so I’ve never gone back.

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Lethality

Please explain in detail why it’s a bad idea for a studio to build on their tried and tested processes and technology.

((Edited by mod. Ad hom.))

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I have no ‘foot in the game’ related to either game, so I honestly don’t give a crap if it is, nor do I have to defend one way or another.

But it does often show laziness in game design to just re-use someone else’s work (Especially if you don’t give them credit.).

I’m finding a lot of that in games lately.

If you read the article, this is their ‘sister company’ so they basically just ‘liberally borrowed’ something from another part of their company to create it or used a built in feature of the previous game, to create another game within a game. It happens, yes. But taking someone’s work and cobbling something new together from it and saying it’s all yours is actually against the law. That’s where it may turn into a legal issue.

If nobody cares, then whoopi do, everyone can go back to whatever their deal is, but releasing a game about piracy/pirates…and actually pirating someone else’s work? That may be too far for some people…

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Lethality

Are you literally arguing they don’t have the right to do this?

You are misreading entirely… they literally ARE the same company that made ARK.

That’s why not only is there nothing wrong with their approach, it’s the SMART approach to use technology you’ve already developed as a launching point for your next projects.

Bus seriously… evaluate your motivations if you’re coming in here without any experience or desire to play the game… nor do any actual research to understand…. but go ahead and comment anyway? What are you trying to prove/serve?

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MilitiaMasterV

Why does anyone comment on any comment section? Because they can? They feel like it at the time?

I actually quit commenting on MassivelyOP when they changed their system over and I couldn’t login with Livefyre anymore and they only had those simplistic options and I didn’t feel comfortable linking any of my accounts over here to start using their new options…I recently gave in and finally did link one so I can comment again.

I thought perhaps they hadn’t heard this yet, since I’ve been reading MassivelyOP the past few days/weeks and hadn’t personally heard it mentioned over here. (May have missed it…I don’t delve into every single article.)

I’m not some ‘noob’ to Massively that you need to pile on to. I just haven’t posted for awhile, they even once used one of my pictures in One Shots from FFXIV. (Quite a ways back.)

Why you assume people have an agenda/are pushing one, says a bit more about you than it does about me…

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Lethality

I don’t think you have an agenda. ((Edited by mod. Ad hom.))

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rafael12104

I’m an educated player and I completely agree with Militia. The game is garbage, especially for early access. It highlights everything that is wrong with early access: devs focus on a cash grab instead of quality and debugging, and how some will follow blindly thinking the end result will be any different.

Atlas is an example of everything that is wrong in the gaming industry.

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Lethality

No, everything that is wrong with the gaming industry is the uneducated entitled players.

How is it a cash grab? They were very clear its early access, and they obviously need to fund it through to the end of development.

Pro tip: not many companies at all can front the cost of developing a game along these lines. So its this way or no way. Would you rather have no games?

What do you suggest? Crowdfunding maybe? What’s the difference?

And what do you think they’ve been doing? They’ve released maybe 20 patches since release and over Christmas. Is that not qa and debugging? Jesus.

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rafael12104

See below for my reply on why it is a cash grab.

Oh yeah? This is a testing phase like the old days? LOL!

Jesus. There is no bug reporting.

20 patches? Lol! Oh yeah. Everything is fine, working as intended.

Pro tip. Wildcard aka Grapeshot is owned by Snail Games, a giant multimillion-dollar gaming conglomerate. So, before you start on the “little devs” rant you should probably start by finding out who owns the dev house. Just follow the money, honey.

Who said anything about crowdfunding? This is crowd stealing.

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Crowe

To answer your “So its this way or no way. Would you rather have no games?” I would say that I had my order refunded. So I’d have to go with the “no game” option. It felt like a cash grab of a very broken game that wasn’t anywhere near ready to be launched to early access. While I’m glad that some folks have found a game they really enjoy, I prefer some stability and maybe even a tiny bit of polish for my early access experience. My motto has always been “as soon as you’re taking cash for a game, it’s released and that’s how/when you should be reviewed.”

While I’ve respected your opinions, viewpoints, and perspectives for many other comments/posts, respectfully this is one where I can’t come to an agreement with you.

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Lethality

Absolutely! And that’s a perfectly fair position to take.

What I’ve been trying to do here is not defend Atlas, but rather quash the toxic knee-jerk, bandwagon, entitled, uneducated gamer response that these games get. That’s what I was responding to from the original poster.

But for certain – everyone should wait until a game is fully released — early access, crowdfunded, whatever – if they are at all going to think that everything is a “cash grab” the minute it doesn’t meet their expectations. Early access is not for those folks.

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MilitiaMasterV

You’re starting off with insults ‘uneducated’, saying something is ‘false’ (Just because you say it is?) and saying there is some ‘real story’ to be found.

From what I’ve read of MassivelyOP’s own posts, I wouldn’t want to try ARK…because it sounded like a buggy mess that never got fixed.

Other than that, it’s a survival game like I’ve been playing for nearly 4 years…but with dinosaurs (Um, OK, I can handle dinos…I used to play Monster Hunter before any ‘World’ existed.), and futuristic lazer technology. (Yeah…that doesn’t exactly go with dinosaurs, and kind of thwarts that idea/makes it weird.) And shields or something for your bases. Not particularly sounding like my cup of tea.

Add in a ‘re-do’ of it (Per my article) and they’ve added pirates, and some criminality to it. (Along with some other things probably, but I’m giving a simple explanation of what’s coming wafting off this…)

I personally like playing rogues/stealth units/characters that have a bit of a criminal bent to them, but I’m not particularly fond of the pirate schtick/don’t much care for the jargon, nor do I care for alcoholic beverages…(Especially in-game versions that seem to purely appear as a screen jiggle of some type which bothers my IRL motion sickness.).

I’m sure I’ve ‘missed some things’/not given it a ‘good chance’, but all-in-all, it probably wouldn’t be a good fit for me. But to say I’m ‘uneducated’ because I don’t particularly care for what I’ve heard of the game/read from this site’s own pages, and use it as some kind of way to attempt to talk down to me is kinda just, well, how did you put it? Uneducated.

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Lethality

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MilitiaMasterV

Oh, so you’re playing the role of die-hard fanboi who won’t listen to anything counter to their viewpoint. Gotcha.

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Lethality

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MilitiaMasterV

Which I didn’t do because I put a caveat from the very start that I had not played either game and had just found that article on another website, and was linking it to this one because this article was relevant to said article’s discussion. Just because you disagree with what the article said/or my words, doesn’t mean I ‘put my foot in my mouth’. In my personal opinion, you’ve started off by putting your foot in your mouth via ad hominem from the get, which you’ve followed up with poor logic.

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Armsbend

I like it when people think they can’t possibly understand how shitty a game is – through countless hours of recorded and live videos – unless you waste your own $30 and play the broken mess for yourself.

It is impossible to understand if you’ve yet to play it. Isn’t that right?

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Lethality

Think about who’s posting the video, why they’re doing it, what they’re looking to get out of it… then get back to me.

In fact, don’t come back unless you actually have something to say and contribute.

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Armsbend

I get that – but there are plenty of real world examples of the game crashing and burning from regular non streaming folk too.

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kalech

Eh, just leave him. He’s obviously just mad people aren’t liking the game. I just tell MOP mails to go to the spam folder so Im never notified if I get a reply. Easier that way. I was given the game as a gift, and after not being able to log in for 4 days, I got in and took one look, then uninstalled it. Sometime during the patching in the latest days, the game has grown to 101 GB in size. Yikes.

Here’s a gif of the first thing I saw ingame: https://i.gyazo.com/32e542265435009c272908e310e1410a.mp4

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Lethality

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Lethality

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Rees Racer

This is a terribly uncivilised discourse for MOP. I’d like to think we can exchange ideas here free of the ad hominem bits usually reserved for Reddit and MMORPG. Don’t do it.

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Brown Jenkin

To be honest, I’m stunned that the game is real. I figured it was just pure vapor ware. I mean yeah there are problems at launch (alpha) but are they that much worse than plenty of the years long Kickstarter projects at this point?

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socontrariwise

Did you see the video where the streamer threw a spear after a bird and it touched the birds wing and the bird flew away and the spear sticking out of it? And the streamer did not even utter a word of surprise?
As a long time Ark player I was not surprised either and Wildcard never fixed this kind of nonsense even after years. There are ridiculous basic bugs with pathfinding and such that everyone by now knows will just stay.
And I feel most don’t look at this like a common Kickstarter-early-access-they-will-get-over-it but since it is just a re-skinned Ark they know it will always stay like that. No WYSIWYG but … WYSIWYK (what-you-see-is-what-you-keep).

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rafael12104

That is exactly what I’m talking about. As an Ark player, I experienced the same thing. Oh, there were lots of promises, but we were soon forgotten as they expanded to consoles and China.

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Lethality

It had a bad launch like… every MMO. And the art direction and animation are not of Blizzard caliber.

But, it’s got a lot of things going for it, and really the best virtual world we’ve gotten in a long, long time. Has many details and systems that players have been looking for.

It’s early access for sure, but they stated that plainly. Don’t take any of the *** ‘reviews’ seriously, it’s worth giving it a shot.

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s not like you can change the disk.

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Armsbend

If you donate to Star Citizen is it a pre-requisite you must support all shitty scams? Asking for a friend.

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rafael12104

I really can’t believe you are defending Atlas. See above for my follow up. But in short, you decry the fall of the MMO. You have been one of the most vocal critics when it comes to devs looking to make a quick buck at the expense of a true MMORPG, and yet you support scams like Atlas?

Look, they didn’t have to release it before the holiday. They could have waited for just a month or two to smooth out the unplayable edges. But, nope. The holiday dollar signs are all they cared about. Because seriously, debugging and testing isn’t even a part of their new scheme.

I’m sorry, man. You are way off on this one. It doesn’t matter what mechanics or systems are involved. Nor does it matter what the game could maybe be one day. What matters is what Wildcard has shown in the past and is showing once again, a complete disregard for a quality process and scam to generate revenue off of a piece of shit game.

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Armsbend

Shut up you uneducated entitled gamer. You think you are entitled to working games or something?

Gamers today expect everything to work right out of the box. I hate today’s uneducated entitled losers. Things should take years to fix after you pay for them. As God intended.

((Mod note: Arms is being sarcastic. No moderation is needed here.))

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rafael12104

I should be ashamed of myself!

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Armsbend

*dangles hidden scraps of canvas in front of raf’s entitled, uneducated gaze*

nyah nyah nyah!

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rafael12104

Wait! Are they giving away canvas if you buy in?!!! Holy hell! I take it all back!

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Crowe

I had a literal LOL when reading that. Nice one, Armsbend!

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Lethality

It’s not like they didn’t put “Early Access” with “2 more years of development” right on the box.

Shame on who?

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Lethality

I missed this post of yours earlier.

I’m not defending Atlas… what I am doing is trying to highlight the typical knee-jerk response from entitled, pile-on gamers who don’t even have the first hand knowledge but feel its ok to perpetuate a meme anyway.

I never played Ark. It always looked 2nd-rate and wonky to me. And that’s exactly what Atlas is.

But it’s got enough intriguing stuff about it to make me pay attention past that. I don’t mind supporting an effort to create something new in the genre, and bring back some of the promise it once had. $25 is not a bank-breaker.

All of those people WITH Ark and Wildcard experience – yeah. Maybe they should have held off based on their more informed position.

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Rees Racer

Eventually, I might play this game.
For now, New Zealand is leading Sri Lanka by 650 runs, and there are so many other (better) games presently to play in the interim.

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Baemir

I’m not sure I should care what Newsweek has to say about anything.