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    Patch 523.8 - Land Claim Changes and Other Improvements

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    Ahoy Pathfinders!

    With this patch, we will be altering some mechanics and improving some features in preparation for changes to come in following patches.

    Mainly, we are introducing a new claim system for all lawless regions. Find some land, stake your claim tower, and defend your territory. 

    Also in this patch, a new Seahorse saddle to ease the ride on our spiny friends, buffs to our latest ships, and other QOL adjustments.

    Lastly, we felt it best to provide an explanation regarding the latest server outages. Due to a read-only trigger, it seems our databases could no longer store information during the time of the incident and became desynced from the play servers. While our initial fix solved the problem on the master, the issue remained on the secondary and took a bit longer to remedy than anticipated. We apologize for any inconvenience but again, thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time.

    To remedy the unfortunate side effects, we have decided that this will be the final patch before the wipe. This will allow us to work out any kinks with the new claim system before wiping.


    As always, we appreciate your support and ‘til next time, may your skies be clear, waters calm, and sails full in whichever way you roam.

     

         :anchor: Released Patch Notes :anchor:

    v523.8

    New System: Area Claiming
    New Tower types have been added to claim land in lawless regions. Claiming gives ownership over an area, preventing any other companies from building there. A new claim also gives ownership over any buildings in its area. Destroying the tower removes the build prevention and allows anyone else to claim the area and its contents.

    • The claimed area is visible on the map
    • Claim Towers may be seen through concealment with the spyglass
    • Claim Towers cost Island points, starting at 4 and maxing around 8
    • May claim Armored Docks and the ships inside them

    New Structure: Land Claim Tower
    This Tower must be placed on land. When first placed, it will start at 10% health, and slowly repairs itself and upon reaching 100% health will lay claim to the surrounding area of land.

    • Claiming takes about 45 minutes without interference
    • Enemies may damage the claim tower while it is building to slow its progress or destroy it
    • Players may "repair" the tower for 2% health every 5 seconds (costs 100g)
    • If a competing tower is built within the radius before this tower is complete, it is immediately destroyed

    New Structure: Water Claim Tower
    This Tower must be placed within already-claimed water. It extends the claim radius out to sea to protect your harbors.

    • Claiming takes about 30 minutes without interference
    • May be repaired like the Land Claim Tower

    New Saddle: Seahorse Saddle
    The Seahorse Saddle can be crafted in the Tannery after learning the Underwater Taming skill in the Beastmastery tree.

    • An equipped Seahorse Saddle is now required to ride a Seahorse
    • Crafting Resources: 40 Fiber, 75 Hide, 20 Organic Paste

    Majestic Kraken

    • Cannon damage increased from 150% to 160%
    • Starting crew increased from 14 to 22
    • Dried Tentacle cost reduced from 75 to 50
    • Bug Fix: Deck widened on the middle level of the Majestic Kraken to cover the gap between the outer walls and deck
    • Bug Fix: Cosmetic kraken meshes should no longer disappear

    Ramming Galley

    • Cannon damage increased from 125% to 140%
    • Starting crew increased from 14 to 18
    • Front Castle, Rear Castle, and Gunport Railings now appear damaged when at low health
    • Bug Fix: 'Leaking' HUD text no longer appears when Gunport Railings are heavily damaged

    Ships

    • A Ship Respec option is now available in the ship stat menu
      • Ship Respecs costs 2,500 Gold which is consumed from the player's inventory
      • Ships can be respec’d once every 48 hours
      • A ship must be fully anchored in order to respec
    • Increased the height of the lowermost deck on the Ramming Galley and Majestic Kraken. This allows taller structures (such as the Food Larder) to be placed
    • Rope Ladders and Wall Hooks may now be placed on sails on the Ramming Galley and Majestic Kraken

    Markets

    • Trade preferences of other Markets can now be viewed by selecting the 'View Trade Offers' option in the settings dropdown for each available Market
    • Bug Fix: Markets can no longer be placed on ships

    Tames & Creatures

    • Increased feeding radius for bola entrapped Elephants
    • Crows can now equip hats
    • Bug Fix: Heavy Cyclops Helmet is now positioned correctly on Parrots

    Misc

    • NPCs will no longer target Grenades
    • Some Blueprint Craft Counts increased at higher quality tiers
    • The Single Player map on PC has been updated to include Sea Forts and Ship Salesman Island
    • Bug Fix: Army of the Damned Treasure Guards should no longer spawn underneath structures
    • Bug Fix: Antidote no longer disappears from the Mortar and Pestle
    • Bug Fix: Crossing grids in Single Player should no longer cause the game to crash
    • Bug Fix: Resolved issue where properties in GameUserSettings.ini were reverted to their default settings on private servers

    Known Issues

    • Majestic Kraken Ships obtained prior to this patch lost the blue tint on most of their pieces
    • It can be difficult for colorblind players to differentiate friendly and enemy Claim Tower icons when viewing them through the Spyglass
    • Flag on top of the Water Claim Tower doesn't raise
    • The Single Player map on Xbox has not yet been updated with Sea Forts and the Ship Salesman Island

     

    :anchor: Final Note :anchor:

    Again, we would like to emphasize that ATLAS is still in Early Access, meaning many things can and will likely continue to drastically change - even in the middle of development. Anything discussed is only up to date as of the moment it is posted. Features and changes that ultimately make it to the next patch, as well as timing, may be different from what was previously discussed. 
     

    As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback from the community. Please keep them coming! Thank you for all of your support! 🙂
     

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    Happy Sailing,

    - ATLAS Crew

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    24 minutes ago, Ranger1k said:

        Actually, taking your point a step further, on PvE if you park your boat, disconnect, run to the store GO TO DO A MAP etc, for longer than 30 minutes I can just drop a claim on it and take it, I think...

         I could even be a dick, invite ya over to do something, when you log off or get distracted demo my water claim and instantly rebuild it for 20k stealing your ship, and boot your fucking tames into the ocean..

     

    Wow... 🤣

         Sorry just thought some of ya might want me to repeat this... 🙄...just a tiny oversight in the game mechanics there...

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    You know I... just done with test trying.

    Right now game is just laggy as hell, with constant ping at 255+, freezes, disconnects. Like recently I've got this buffer overflow message, and then again right the moment I log in. And then again 3 times in a row. I've got my PC freeze two times (had to just reset it) and once after logging in I even found myself deep underground:

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    The reason islands are not totally claimed is this unplayable state the game in right now. Looking forward to see some fixes.

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    This claim patch is crap it will be the death of your game as for me and my company we are done with rebuilding just for you to mess it up 

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    Game is in sever tailspin. I was able to claim my spot and do some testing, but within this period of time, I had like 20 game freezes (where I should just switch game off by windows tack master). and more than 100 disconnects with Buffer Overflow messages. While I was testing how safe is to park my ship inside claimed territory I... just couldn't walk back to my base.

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    Whoooeee, this game just keeps turning into more and more of a shitshow as the devs and CMs don't listen to their players.

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    9 hours ago, George Catcher said:

    Hmmm... my frist thoughts.

    - The servers now in huge tailspin.

    - Got crash. This one is new:

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    - After my tower hit 100% my computer just froze.

    - Tower in basic of building. It's good in order to start again in lawless after WIPE.

    Now...

    - One tower has 4 points. My solo company have 70. It means I can place like 17 towers. Some dudes already doing that:

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    Meaning, we going to 1st season back, where everything were overflooded by thousands of flags. The only difference - 1st season it was out of lawless and lawless was the only way to settle for small tribes. Now it's in lawless, so... If you didn't get a piece of land in the beginning, then you'll probably wont be able to settle at all.

    Same as in season 1.

    - Oh and... to speed it up, you can put 200 gold to get +1% Meaning to instantly get tower working you need 20K gold.

    - I would say there is a good thing there... from now on - no one can secure place their farms and warehouses over the island, but... well, everyone will have towers instead.

    - Oh and in PVE - you place your tower in Lawless and this territory is yours WITH NO DECAY!!!

    It means if someone will claim huge zone for fun, and then drop the game, his claims will stay like... for ever. Less chance for those who just join to find a spot.

    I think someone is but hurt...

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    Just a heads up regarding "water claims"

         Even if this is patched and optimized and works as intended , it would only take about 4 minutes and 9k for somebody to demo their water claim and rebuild it, stealing another companies ship(s).

    Not missing something am I?

         Standing in the claim area doesn't slow the build time, right?

    Let me put it another way..

         Player 1 "Sea Horses for sale!"

         Player 2 (noob) "I'd like to buy a Sea Horse..."

         Player 1 "Ok here ya go buddy..."

         Player 2 "Thanks, see ya."..."Hey what just happened...?"

         ** Feel free to substitute "Kill the Kraken" or "PvP against Jim Bob" in the scenario... **

     

    The only protection would be...

    1. To have a 3rd player watching the "water claim tower" like a hawk with their own tower, ready to instantly drop a defensive claim and have 9k on hand

    2. Not conduct business or only do so very carefully

         ** Reminder Lawless Islands also pretty much surround Freeports (aka starter/noob area) **

     

    Ya might want to reconsider making this a centerpiece mechanic, and continuing forward with a fresh start wipe, until you figure out how ya want to deal with this can of worms..

     

    Good luck. 🙂

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    You guys are trying to ruin and kill the game.  Right?  Riiiiight?  And entire dev team can't be this incompetent of a baffling scale, right?

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    Oh jeahh.... back home and my base is still my base... lucky me 🙂 Did not have connection problems but ping is 150... So build two towers for my beach and one water tower for my warehouse to make it safe on PVE that it does not get stolen. <<<<<<< [....] Everbody is spamming this towers now for that reason... nobody on PVE would need to build them actually.

    Well market crashed this morning 5:00 UTC... no newer logs than those 12 hours old once... i guess all trades at that time just vanished... market shows me that there are ships out but ... no log... if i would ba an ass i would probably steal my neighbours farmhouse... he has 4 and me only 1^^ Let's be PVE Pirates 😞

    Ok, just loged out of server to write here and do something else for 45 minutes until towers are up and -> game crash

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    Well, I enjoyed the game for several months, so I guess I should be grateful about that. This new patch has completely ruined the game for me. It makes absolutely no sense. Had to use most of our company land points just to claim farmhouses and warehouse. Now we can't even log into the game to feed our tames. Guess it's time to try Valheim. 

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    LOL, i lost everything that i have farmed and built within months just in 45 minutes to your claim towers.

    Enjoy ATLAS with your beloved mega companies but without me in the future.

    I have no problems with PVP, but with patches in the middle of the night destroying everything for me.

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    2 hours ago, Raven Redbeard (OGG) said:

    I think someone is but hurt...

    I have a bed on that island 😛

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    Jim

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    This isn't the first time that new devs have reused a piece of code that was discarded in an earlier season for good reason.

    Please fix what's broken before trying to change the game.   Players are still having their players reset to level 1 and just getting into the game is often broken or unreliable.

    Edited by Jim

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    Found 50k gold so far in boxes ive claimed   GET PAID!   Best patch ever for griefing, having a blast

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    Please do not wipe pve! I understand wiping pvp to help new players. But pve is a community that usually works together. What is the purpose of wiping pve??? 

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    I agree. I went to bed a beach bob and thanks to this epic new grief system I am Elon Musk rich. I found out gold stacks cap at 500k. 
     

    all these warehouses I claimed from the 5 companies I beat to the punch, wow!  No damn way I can use all this.  I know this represents at least 20 peoples efforts and I as a solo player am eternally grateful to the Devs for providing me with this winning lottery ticket. 
     

    i really love that I got all the player shops too. This patch is better than console codes.  I have all the best stuff so please don’t wipe it now

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    I've got all I wanna test about towers, and gather all in my thread.

    But anyway - the last thing is about placing towers near eachother.

    If you and some other players will place towers together, all towers will start to gain HP. The first one that hit 400 000 will vanish all other towers within it's radius (and 10meters outside this radius).

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    9 hours ago, Ranger1k said:

    Just a heads up regarding "water claims"

         Even if this is patched and optimized and works as intended , it would only take about 4 minutes and 9k for somebody to demo their water claim and rebuild it, stealing another companies ship(s).

    Has anyone confirmed whether or not these new claim towers on lawless take ownership of floating ships? 

    And if yes, does it matter if it is green anchored? The patch notes only  say    "May claim Armored Docks and the ships inside them"    But people here have been talking  about using it to steal ships that are not in an armored dock.

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    I see it from the positive side :

    No need to feed my pets and pay my crew any longer.

    No need to rebuild my warehouse every day. No need to farm gold.

    No need to farm blueprints.

    Playing ATLAS is pointless with that claim tower trash. Why should i build anything that is auto-lost to troll exploiters 45 minutes later ?

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    2 hours ago, Jim said:

    Has anyone confirmed whether or not these new claim towers on lawless take ownership of floating ships? 

    And if yes, does it matter if it is green anchored? The patch notes only  say    "May claim Armored Docks and the ships inside them"    But people here have been talking  about using it to steal ships that are not in an armored dock.

        I read 1 thread indicating my concerns were incorrect and 1 indicating correct. I have ZERO personal knowledge and posted this as a warning.

    Better safe than sorry type thing.

    I would also be curious to hear multi source verification or refutation from both PvP and PvE.

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