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    Ahoy Pathfinders, let the voyage begin! Dive into an endless adventure of piracy & sailing, exploration & combat among one of the largest gameworlds ever! We’re excited to announce that Xbox and PC Crossplay has launched. Hoist yer sails and charter a course for the ATLAS. The much anticipated Xbox Crossplay Launch has come ashore. All of our networks are now online: EU PvP/NA PvP/EU PvE and EU PvP. We’d like to welcome all of our new players and extend a hearty welcome back to our grizzled sea dogs returning for the fresh wipe. Here’s what you need to know: It has launched Day One with crossplay support allowing Steam and Xbox to play together in the same gigantic world. Complete re-bindable keyboard and mouse support for Xbox players ensures full game parity and an even playing field for all players Optional single-player and private session modes, which also makes use of the new procedural “Wild Pirate Camp” system There will be simultaneous updates and content pushes for both Xbox and PC ensuring the delivery of the same experience for Pathfinders on both platforms We’re working on getting Unofficial servers setup for Xbox with Nitrado, where cross-platform can be enabled or disabled (in any direction so PC or Xbox player servers only) Answers to some recent FAQ: ATLAS will be available on Xbox Game Preview for $29.99 USD (£24.99/€29.99) The size of the game on Xbox will be 80gbPlayers will be able to host Unofficial Xbox and Crossplay servers via Nitrado The Xbox One X version currently does not support HDR but we will be adding it into the game with a patch later this week, with a bundle of GPU and CPU improvements for all platforms which are currently in testing. We’ll continue to monitor feedback and suggestions and look forward to gaining insight into the perspective of our new players too. Finally, for those of you who've yet to experience the ATLAS, pick up a copy of it on Steam today for 15% off! https://store.steampowered.com/app/834910/ATLAS/ Thank you me hearties and Happy Sailing! Grapeshot Games For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
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    Ahoy Pathfinders! This Captain’s Log will cover ... nevermind -- we’re too excited, there's much on the horizon to share, so point yer prows hither and let’s get to it. The much-awaited Xbox Launch is imminent. As in, really imminent. Here’s what you need to know: ATLAS will launch into Xbox One’s Game Preview next month. ATLAS will be available for digital download on the 8th of October 2019 It will launch Day One with crossplay support allowing Steam and Xbox to play together in the same gigantic world. Complete re-bindable keyboard and mouse support for Xbox players ensures full game parity and an even playing field for all players Optional single-player and private session modes, which also makes use of the new procedural “Wild Pirate Camp” system There will be simultaneous updates and content pushes for both Xbox and PC ensuring the delivery of the same experience for Pathfinders on both platforms We’re working on getting Unofficial servers setup for Xbox Day One with Nitrado, where cross-platform can be enabled or disabled (in any direction so PC or Xbox player servers only) official network wipe After evaluating our options with the introduction of cross-platform multiplayer and a modified world map, we have decided that the best option to ensure the smoothest possible game experience is that our Official Networks undergo a data wipe on the 28th of September at 12am EST. Following the wipe, we will be permanently relaunching the NA PvP Network in order to iterate on our changes in a live-environment, following that will be the full permanent relaunch of all other networks on the 8th of October with full crossplay support (NA PvP will not wipe again on the 8th). With the upcoming major version launch this Saturday, here’s what players can expect: New world map with improved biome layout (and a new biome type) Over 70 new core island templates, and many polish improvements to existing islands Over 20 new cosmetics, and sail cosmetics Improved client and server performance Full Gamepad support "Wild Pirate Camps" option for singleplayer and non-dedicated sessions (enabled by default): take over each island across the ATLAS by attacking and claiming procedural enemy pirate camps, guarded by cannons, pirates wielding all sorts of weapons, and even powerful pirate ships! New Multi-shot Hydra Pistol Cats (with hats!) We have some more notes to come, which we’ll be sharing in full on Friday. We have opted for a rolling start in order to facilitate the best experience possible for all players on PC and Xbox. Beginning with this sole network allows us to monitor performance, make any technical adjustments necessary and resolve issues prior to the full Crossplay rollout on the 8th of October. Our decision to wipe the Networks was not made lightly and involved much deliberation and factoring in of technical aspects and the impact on our current PC players. We have made big changes to the game under the hood, revamped the world map with the addition of over 70 new, unique island templates, as well as some considerable optimization changes and limits put in place which required a full data wipe. After these sets of changes, we do not plan to wipe the network again, even with the introduction of additional platforms and new areas & islands further down our development timeline. We value and appreciate the time spent on the game and the only reason we carry out these wipes is after exhausting all possible alternatives and when they become a necessity. We truly appreciate all the support and feedback you’ve given us over the last few months and we’re excited to welcome new (as well as old) players onto the ATLAS! Structure, Tame, and Ship Limit Changes With the launch of the new network, we will be revising the following limits: ship, structure, and tame limits in order to provide players with the optimal experience. The new values are as follows: Maximum amount of structures in a 10k unit radius: 7875 Maximum amount of tames per company per gridregion: 300 (NOTE: Crew on stations no longer count towards the tame limit) Maximum amount of anchored ships per company per gridregion: 40 Maximum amount of unanchored ships per company per gridregion: 20 On The Horizon If you’re new to the ATLAS, you can cast yer one good eye over our Roadmap here: It’s important to note that this roadmap is not fully inclusive: we have a lot of other plans, content, and surprises in store for you all. We’ll be sharing more details with you as we go along. ServerGridEditor and Legacy Saves We’ve just uploaded the latest changes to our GitHub, this includes the latest json, new islands, and our updated WGE, so server owners can dive in and start making the necessary changes for the upcoming launch. It’s important to note that any savefile which used our older islands previously may have unpredictable issues after this update has been released, due to the level/technical changes that were made. We’d recommend wiping your saved data if you either used our jsons, or used our islands. For those playing on Blackwood specific saves, your data should be intact as well as those of you with completely custom islands. Github That’s it for this Captain’s Log, we look forward to sharing the ultimate pirate experience with our new crew members and continuing on our journey with our seasoned veterans (resplendent with their new fancy hats ) Happy Sailing, Grapeshot Games For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
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    Ahoy Pathfinders, Thank you for tuning in to our Dev Livestream this week. In this pre-recorded announcement, we’ll be summarizing the new roadmap we discussed in the Livestream as well as clarifying a few things raised by the Community. First of all, for those who didn’t catch the Dev Livestream, it can be viewed here The primary purpose of this stream was to bring you up to speed on our new direction and let you know what areas of the game we’re going to address moving forward. We opted to answer many of your questions from our Livestream Q&A forum thread by working them into the conversation in the stream (rather than reading them out verbatim and answering each one) for the sake of flow and clarity. We recognize that this format didn’t translate as well as we’d hoped for, so we’ll be improving on the structure of our streams in the future. The Mega Update and Xbox Launch Let’s get straight to reiterating and clarifying details in regards to the next Mega Update/Xbox launch which is coming very soon. The Xbox launch will include: Crossplay support between PC Steam and Xbox players for ATLAS. Parity between both platforms. Xbox players won't have to wait for updates as they will happen simultaneously with PC We’ll be working on bringing day one Keyboard and Mouse support for the game, otherwise, it’ll arrive shortly thereafter. The Mega Update includes content and changes currently on the PTR, as well as some additional content we’ve discussed, and this will go live on our Official Network at the time of the Xbox Launch. We’re incredibly excited to launch crossplay; we designed the ATLAS engine for crossplay across all platforms from the outset and ATLAS will be one of the very few games with full crossplay between Steam and console. There have been many questions about whether this update will be bringing a wipe. To be frank, this is not something we’ve decided on yet. We’re currently exploring ways in which we can handle this release without wiping and there are quite a few technical considerations which may make this a possibility, but we’ll share more info with you as soon as we’re able to. Livestream Recap ATLAS’ DNA The first point we covered on stream was revealing where we think players spend most of their time in ATLAS, and where we wanted it to be at a 1.0 launch (post-Early Access). This is the conclusion we came to: Essentially, we feel like players are currently spending too much time in certain areas of the game, and not enough time in the areas we think should be the most fun, such as Sea and Combat. Players can expect to experience more fun and engaging content out on the sea, and a cut back on the time spent on land or with creatures. This doesn’t specifically mean we’ll be removing certain areas completely, but instead reworking existing systems and adding new gameplay/content for the areas we want to increase. Now you’re probably wondering, how do we plan to get from A to B? Well, here’s our roadmap: Some important factors to keep in mind: This roadmap will begin after the release of Xbox We’ll be looking primarily at making tweaks towards the Official Network and Multiplayer modes, but of course, those will still benefit our other game modes and unofficial networks. However, the main official networks are our priority Tackling bugs and major performance issues will always be an ongoing effort. This isn’t everything. We’ll be able to reveal more details as we go along, plans can change, and there are going to be more phases but for now, we want to discuss our immediate plans for developing ATLAS. Phase 1: Quality of Life Improvements, Bug Fixes, & Performance Increases Arguably our shortest phase and has already commenced in part with performance fixes and some bug fixes, with some work on the Xbox, and some you’ve experienced on the PTR. Our plan: There will be no new content with this initial phase. This is because we’re going to be spending time fixing and adjusting already existing systems in the game. This means tackling pain points that you (and we) are already aware of, ranging from quality of life changes, balance, and polish on existing parts of the game. Reducing the tedium and streamlining getting to the fun. We know that there are aspects of the game which are frustrating and the solutions we can take to fix them (such as the Silo we implemented in a previous update to help with feeding crew). We’re making some meaningful changes here that will impact the player’s experience in the game, some larger than others, but all with the same goal in mind to improve the overall game loop. Just a few of the changes and fixes (both small and big) we’re planning to make: Fixing speed sails and increasing overall wind speed effectiveness. Adjustments to blueprint stat rolls and crafting requirements. Making improvements to logs for companies. Increasing max stack sizes for certain items. Removing the negative effects of status effects, including vitamins. Giving players the option to choose which Kraken to fight. Reducing the frequency of surface attacks by sharks. Increasing the treasure map spoil time. Cargo Container adjustments. Replacing the text in the game with a universal font style. Hiding more text behind the “Extended UI” function Making ladders easier to climb. Keep in mind that some of these items are things we want to address quickly, even if we consider them to just be temporary fixes for now. The changes in this phase will provide a much better experience in the present; however, we’ll be circling back to these areas in later phases to make much more extensive changes to these systems. One example of this would be “sailing.” We’ll make some early improvements to sailing during Phase 1 (such as fixing speed sails and increasing overall wind speed) and then we’ll loop back to sailing during Phase 2 for a more thorough pass on sailing functionality. Some more examples like this include: Tames and breeding will get a general balance pass, then we’ll do a larger update on tames and creatures in Phase 4. Blueprint scaling will get some early adjustments in Phase 1, then we’ll address it some more in Phases 2 and 3. Temporary fixes for certain combat meta pain points (until they can be further ironed out in Phase 3) such as: stat scaling, torpor, NPC swivels, harpoons gliders. Phase 2: Seas, Ships, and Sailing Phase 2 is when we’ll start to reintroduce new content to the game. The general philosophy of this update will be: Ensuring that you all are spending more time having fun on ships and out at sea. Making the ocean feel less repetitive, more inviting, and more rewarding. We want ships to feel like homes! If players want to spend all their time at the sea, they should be able to play that way successfully. There are quite a few ways we’ll be doing this, but you can expect changes along these lines: Improvements to existing sailing and ship systems. Introducing more NPC encounters on the ocean (and different types too). Introducing more activities you can do on your ship. Exploring ways for players to store ships safely when going offline and taking a deeper look at overall travel times and ship functionality (such as sails/wind/cargo containers). These are just a few examples of what we’ll be tackling in Phase 2 and we expect that players will feel a welcome and marked difference in their experience out at the sea once these changes are made. Next, we’ll be covering Phases 3 and 4. Please keep in mind that a lot of the details in these phases are very early and we’re still figuring out our exact priorities, but there are a few things we’re relatively certain of and are exploring right now: Phase 3: Skills & Combat Here are some things we’re pretty confident we’ll be doing in some form: A skill tree rework. We’re interested in something more akin to specializations and roles to give more depth to the skill choices you make. Improvements to make combat feel more fluid and impactful. We want it to feel even more fun when you’re fighting! Changing the ship combat meta to embrace stronger piracy gameplay: A shift to a “boarding” combat meta. New incentives for choosing between sinking, pillaging, or outright stealing ships. Potentially adjusting the ship stealing process/claim time. Changes to encourage more fighting on ship decks. Phase 4: World, Claiming, and Tames/Creatures This phase is perhaps the largest section of our new roadmap. As the furthest phase out from right now, it is definitely the most subject to change over time, but we’d still like to share an overview of our current thoughts on these areas of the game. In this phase, we’ll be exploring various subjects such as: The world layout and network. Some of the points we’re currently exploring are a possible combined PvPvE network and different continental world layouts. Factions, which are very early in design right now, but are something that we’re very interested in from both a gameplay and a narrative perspective as a means of giving players across multiple companies shared goals. Adding more MMO-esque elements to the game such as more populated ports/towns, deeper in-game economies, additional storage options, etc. We’ll also be making some significant changes to the claiming system, adjusting how much of a role it has on the world and addressing some of its biggest problems such as “pillar spamming” and "honeycombing". Reducing the importance and role of tames and creatures in the game, as well as polishing other PvE content in the game such as Golden Age locations, boss fights, the Fountain of Youth, etc. We wanted to acknowledge the issues that we’ve identified in the game and outline our plans to address them. It’s important to note that this roadmap is not fully inclusive: we have a lot of other plans, content, and surprises in store for you all. We’ll be sharing more details with you as we go along and you can expect to see a more active presence from our team in regards to acknowledging the current issues with the game and discussing how we plan to address them. We hope that sharing our new roadmap and details on what’s coming soon for ATLAS (and also further down the road) offers a further “glimpse behind the dev curtain” so to speak. Happy Sailing, Grapeshot Games For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Navigate ye olde Subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
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    Ahoy Pathfinders! This Captain’s Log will cover news related to Blackwood, our upcoming Dev Livestream, the PTR and an introduction from our new Lead Designer! Let’s get right to it! Designer Diary My name is Erik Waananen and I’m thrilled to be joining you today as ATLAS’ new Lead Designer. It’s my pleasure not only to formally introduce myself but also to give you an update on what’s coming next for the game. So let’s dive right in, shall we? ATLAS is an incredible world full of action, adventure, discovery, and community. And while a number of you are enjoying yourselves in-game, I think we can all agree that ATLAS has somewhat struggled to “find its sea legs” since its initial Early Access launch in December. My job will be to help the game get its bearings and -- together with the rest of the dev team -- work with a singular mission in mind: Make ATLAS the ultimate pirate experience. Achieving this goal will be no small task. We have a lot of work to do and it’s going to take a good deal of time and effort to accomplish it. But we will get there, especially with your continued feedback and support. Your constructive thoughts and criticism are all extremely helpful to us, so please keep them coming. I’d like to announce that we’ll be hosting a very important developer stream next week on Wednesday, August 28th at 2:00 pm PDT. The main focus of this stream will be the reveal of an entirely new roadmap for ATLAS. We’ll also be addressing a number of the community’s questions and concerns about the current state of the game. I don’t want to spoil anything for you just yet, but suffice it to say there’s a big “change in the wind” coming to ATLAS and you definitely won’t want to miss it. Sorry to keep you all waiting a bit longer, but I promise we’ll provide more details and answers soon. Until then, keep a weather eye on the horizon and we’ll see you on Wednesday! Erik Waananen Lead Game Designer, ATLAS Blackwood Update The ancient serpentine boss, Anacthyon, is poised to slither onto the Blackwood variation of the ATLAS with today’s update. Along with this new boss, Blackwood includes: The full ATLAS experience (including all your favorite features and mechanics) merged into a single 1x1 server grid. 7 unique biomes across 11 islands, from hazy bogs teeming with life to mysterious jungles full of danger and toil. Resource-rich islands complete with every material from the core game. New cities and outlying areas ideal for roleplaying and server events. A beautiful mermaid city ripe for exploration. A new boss arena featuring unpredictable enemy types and spawn locations. The Forbidden Reach: a hard mode island featuring elemental beings. Other iconic ATLAS content, such as Army of the Damned mobs, all 9 Power Stone locations, the Fountain of Youth, your favorite tameable creatures, and much more... Blackwood is free for anyone who already owns ATLAS. It is available for play in Singleplayer mode, Non-Dedicated Server mode, and on Unofficial Servers that opt to host the map. Livestream Q&A Thread With the Dev LiveStream drawing closer, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that we have an official “Livestream Q&A” thread running to help us collect your questions regarding the things you care about and answer some of them on-stream. There have been some great questions submitted thus far, so please keep them coming! Public Test Realm If you haven’t checked out the PTR and some of the changes which will be coming in the next Mega Patch, it is still available for players for a limited time. Thank you to those of you who have been running the PTR through its paces and helping us identify bugs and issues along with giving feedback. The PTR includes: Alternative map layout (note: we've not yet determined whether this layout will make it to the current existing official servers) In-game voice chat Updated Waveworks (Ocean - including the waves, and performance changes for server and client) Sail Cosmetic (Available at Freeport Vendors) Hydra Revolver (Available at Freeport Vendors) Miscellaneous client and server-side performance improvements Info on joining the PTR can be found here Live Game Patches v218.27 - Fixed a bug that allowed players to gain massive height when running into the corner of a raft or dinghy - Fixed a bug that allowed players to gain massive height when climbing really tall ladder set ups - Fixed a bug which allowed players to base on top of submarines - Fixed a bug which allowed seated npcs to shoot puckles through walls - Ended 2x Magic Mythos Event v218.25 - Enabled 2x Harvesting, Taming, XP, and Gold on our Official Network - Fixed rope ladders so that they can now be rotated when placed on wooden catwalks - Fixed 2-handed weapons able to used interchangeably, bypassing the weapon equipment timer using the Q hotkey. - Fixed a bug where critical strike could be used with other weapons by removing the buff if you switch to a different weapon. - Fixed a bug where projectile mesh wasn't showing correctly for singleplayer. - Fixed a bug which would cause players to throw out their gear by accident at low server fps when using "O" instead of "E" to unequip currently equipped gear. - Fixed a bug which allowed diving platform to be placed on top of a cargo rack. Credit to globytheoldpirate That's it for this Captain's Log. We look forward to communicating what we've been up to (and what we plan to get up to) in the Livestream! Happy Sailing, Grapeshot Games For the latest dispatch on #playATLAS keep yer one good eye trained on this here information Natter n' chatter on Discord: https://discord.gg/playatlas Navigate ye olde Subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/playatlas Hear ye, hear ye on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sailtheatlas Watch us scallywags on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/sailtheatlas Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
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