Atlas launches single-player mode beta amid promises that multiplayer is the team’s ‘priority’

    
8

Well here’s something unexpected from a game that missed its own launch date back in December: Atlas is actually ahead of schedule on its next big thing. That thing, of course, is the beta for its much-wanted single-player mode, which launched early this past weekend. Grapeshot, however, is quick to promise its MMO and survival fans that it’s not abandoning multiplayer – just the opposite.

“Singleplayer mode has been a highly requested feature and we’re excited to provide an alternate option for those who find multiplayer less suitable to their wants within the ATLAS,” the studio posted. “That said, the majority of the work involved in getting singleplayer’s maiden voyage away smoothly takes place during the initial phase of setting up the game mode. Once she’s at sea, it will grow in tandem with the multiplayer experience with little extra bandwidth necessary. Our team is fully dedicated to the multiplayer experience; it is and always will be our main priority. The team is constantly working on improving it, whether that’s through the introduction of new content, optimizing the game; covering both client-side and server-side performance, balance, QoL, and bug fixes. Plus, the work we’re doing with singleplayer will actually benefit the multiplayer game due to client-side optimization.”

newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Mewmew
Reader
Mewmew

So I’ve had Atlas on my wishlist at Steam since it first was being developed. I got the notice that it was on sale for the Summer Sale over there and went to look. The price is under $10 right now which seemed great. Then I started to peruse the reviews…

Those reviews. If they’re even remotely correct, I don’t think I can buy this game at any price. Maybe if it was $1-$3 I’d buy it just to have in my library and never really play. There are too many people saying the same things for them to be completely wrong. It just really sounds like a lot of Grapeshot shenanigans, game issues and 99 percent pure manure going on for that game.

People wanted to love the game, they bought it, but hate the execution and Grapeshot’s inability to deal with game bugs and their impotence in keeping their promises. It sounds and looks exciting but in the actual rendition, in most reviewers eyes it fails horribly.

So I really don’t think I’ll be getting it at any price. It looked like something I’d really enjoy but reading those reviews, I just don’t think it will work for me.

Reader
Tanek

This is why I wish people (especially people who had already known of ARK and how that was handled) hadn’t jumped at ATLAS right away. Hang back and tell the dev company, before I buy another of your games, prove to me you have changed more than your name.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
NeoWolf

Stating multiplayer is our priority isn’t really a great selling point for the single player lol

Reader
Baemir

Would you prefer that they lie to you? Can’t have it both ways :/

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
NeoWolf

Don’t have an opinion either way as I do not play it. My point was simply that a potential person looking at the solo experience is going to hear “singleplayer isn’t our focus multiplayer is” and they’re going to think not much chance of support or future content then..so why bother.

Its a little bit of a countproductive statement for them to make.

Reader
Tanek

I hope ATLAS is going well for the players who enjoy it, but every time I see Wildcard say “optimizing the game”, I have a hard time believing anything else in the same statement.

I did ask recently whether improvements made for ATLAS might find their way into other games. I’m not exactly holding my breath, but the reply did not close the door on the possibility. I guess stranger things have happened.

Reader
2Ton Gamer

It’s definitely not as easy as dragging things in. I mod Atlas and Ark and just trying to bring over the cool new structure snap points proved to be more than I could do. When Atlas came out the cries of it simply being a reskin of Ark were far from the truth. Most of the blueprints/graphs for Atlas are not even compatible even for simple things that are shared like the grill or refrigerator.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
DeadlyAccurate

For years we would ask for features in ARK that they swore over and over would come to the game and never did. I wouldn’t hold my breath that they’ll do anything they say they’ll do, even if they flat-out promise to do it.