Wildcard’s early access pirate MMO Atlas entered a new phase this past week: It’s finally got a public test realm.
“It’s here! Our Public Test Realm is now live and ready for all of you to dive into,” the Grapeshot substudio wrote on Steam. “This Captain’s Log will cut straight to it and provide more detail on our new claiming systems along with some information on our PTR. We appreciate your patience as we prepared this megapatch to go out on the PTR: Atlas 1.5 is an ambitious new chapter and we recognize that it has taken us some time, but as we’ve said before, we’re hardened adventurers and we’re looking forward to the fun and challenges that we’ll experience alongside you!”
The accompanying “megapatch” implements three modes: Colonies PvP aimed at smaller groups, Empires PvP aimed at large-scale groups, and PvE aimed at, well, PvE players. The PTR itself adopts the Colonies mode, with the PvE version still incoming. The patch notes detail the point system players will engage in to claim and build out their settlements in the various modes.
As for the PTR’s reception so far? Well, the Atlas subreddit is a bit of a dumpster fire on a good day – there’s no much resentment over this game, you guys – but casual players seem pretty pleased with the breakdown.
In approximately 4 hours, we'll be deploying a major version update, v319.0, to the PTR with a number of fixes, as well as bringing the PvE PTR network online. #PlayATLAS
— ATLAS (@sailtheatlas) April 9, 2019