Atlas patches in the ability to tame and ride dolphins

    
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Atlas patches in the ability to tame and ride dolphins

So, is Atlas meant to be a serious nautical simulation? The answer is quite obviously no because the newest patch to the game adds the option to not just train dolphins but literally ride them around. Picture a pirate shouting “yarr” as a dolphin jumps in and out of the water, holding a little Jolly Roger flag as he does so. That’s Atlas. This is possibly not meant to be grim and gritty after all.

The newest patch also adds in a new seed vendor to help you populate your farmhouse with the crops you would prefer, new farmhouse variants, and a number of balance tweaks to address issues with the game’s overall environment. But it also lets you specialize in the Beastmastery tree to the point where you can, as mentioned, tame and ride dolphins. You can tame and ride dolphins. Pirates riding a pod of trained dolphins in their marauding attacks. We cannot stress this enough.

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EmberStar

Huh. I assumed that they weren’t ridable for the same reason that Minecraft doesn’t allow it. I had the vague understanding that the Minecraft devs decided it was unethical to let players ride them. (Although weirdly, they added sea turtles and then made literally every enemy in the game willing to die to stomp on the eggs, and you can harvest “scutes” from the turtles. OnO IE, chunks of their shell.)

Anyway, I guess this update is a thing that happened.

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MilitiaMasterV

unethical to let players ride them

Not only is it ‘unethical’, it’s ‘against the law’ in some places. Dolphins can be just as intelligent, if not more so than a human, so it’s tantamount to slavery.

Making it so you can harm them/ride them in games should be a no-go, but this isn’t the first game that’s done it. It leads to people thinking real life dolphins are play toys/mistreatment of them.

Of course, those of us who grew up with Seaquest DSV probably remember this stuff better….

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2Ton Gamer

The “plan” for this game is all over the place. They were focusing on boat redesigns which was good, but this just smacks of doing something small while most of the team is busy plugging away at Genesis Pt 2 for Ark..

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EmberStar

Actually, considering that Genesis Pt 2 got mysteriously delayed by months, and given how Wildcard has handled such things in the past: It’s pretty likely they only have bare minimum teams on BOTH games. They’ve most likely already shuttled most of their staff over to Ark 2. They pulled basically the same stunt with Extinction – it got delayed by months with no explanation and then whoops “Surprise!” Atlas was announced.

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Tobasco da Gama

All right, you have my interest. But can your Beastmasters have attack parrots?

On perusing their wiki, you can tame parrots and then they sit on your shoulder to give you a defensive buff. Congratulations, Atlas, you now how have my attention.

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2Ton Gamer

Yeah they’ve had birds. Taming them is pretty stupid, but I do like sailing around with a crow, parrot or monkey on my shoulder..

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Arrrquaman?….

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