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  1. 8 points
    Ahoy Pathfinders, HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! To kick off the new year, we’ll be releasing a new patch late next week for both PC and Xbox. It will feature a number of various bug fixes, QoL improvements, and balance tweaks in a similar vein as the update from this past December. The biggest change that players will see this update is the reduction of the max player level from 150 to 120. We wanted to give the community advanced notice of this particular change since it’s a fairly large shift in how players’ characters will experience ATLAS. All players who have raised a character past level 120 should expect those characters’ levels to be reduced back to level 120 and all characters (regardless of level) will have their skill points automatically reset for free. As such, players will need to reassign their skill points upon logging in after the update is released next week. We’ll be sharing the rest of the patch notes with you once it's released next week. In the meantime, we’ll be enabling 2x rates for experience points and harvesting this weekend and those rates will continue to stay active while we continue to explore additional changes to gaining experience, harvesting resources, and leveling up in general. Until next week! 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
  2. 7 points
    Ahoy Pathfinders! We’ll be releasing the latest game update later today around 14:00 PST/22:00 UTC. This update includes the aforementioned level cap reduction from 150 to 120. We previously announced that we’d be forcing a skill respec for all players with this change, but we will now only be forcing a respec for players who are currently past level 120. We’re hard at work on the next update and as a reminder, 2x XP and harvesting rates are still enabled on our Official Network and will continue to stay boosted for the time being. Latest Patch Notes (v404.5) Reduced max player character level cap from 150 to 120. Forced a skill respec for all players past level 120. Offline player character bodies on ships will now stay visible to other players on PvE servers and in freeports. Fixed a bug where offline player characters would fall off ships when transitioning into a freeport grid. Fixed a bug where holding a treasure map on Blackwood would crash the game. Players can now purchase a one time use “Rename Ship Item” from the Cosmetics Vendor for 10k and use it to rename their ship. The Equilibrium buff now properly shows the Stamina Recovery Rate in the Buff Stat Bonuses section of the character screen. Experience points from defeating the Kraken and Snowman have been significantly increased: 40,000 exp for normal mode. 120,000 exp for hard mode. Increased the spawn rate of high tier Ship of the Damned galleons. Increased the damage of certain mount creatures toward players by 30%. Effected creatures include Sheep, Bear, Bull, Horse, Ostrich, Pig, Wolf, Elephant, Giant Crab, Giant Tortugar, Giraffe, Lion, Olfend, Rhino, Tiger. Increased the attack range of certain mount creatures by 10%. Effected creatures include Sheep, Bear, Bull, Horse, Ostrich, Pig, Wolf, Elephant, Giant Crab, Giant Tortugar, Giraffe, Lion, Olfend, Rhino, Tiger. Changed torpedo crafting cost to 28 metal ingots, 60 gunpowder, 40 blasting powder, and 100 mythos. Torpedos are now fireable by NPCs from the helm/Lieutenant’s Podium (so long as that player has Torpedo Studies unlocked). Reduced the travel time required before torpedo damage becomes active from 3.75 seconds to 2 seconds. Increased grenade damage vs. puckles and swivels by 100%. Increased grenade damage vs. structures by 170%. Reduced max handling sail acceleration stat cap to 125%. Fixed certain edge cases where cannon carts could be fired while in water. Kraken, Snowman, and monstrous whale encounters now have a chance to drop items. All loot tables now have a chance to drop an already-crafted version of an item rather than just the blueprint. Removed the following blueprints from possible treasure chest loot: Stone Pick Torch Scissors Tier 2 Saddle Tier 2 Saddle Carriage Tier 2 Cargo Saddle Fishing Rod Fishing Net Stone Pick Stone Hatchet Throwing Knife Added the following blueprints to possible treasure chest loot: Medium Wood Plank Medium Wood Gunport Cannon Medium Wood Deck Removed the following blueprints from possible flotsam loot: Thatch Ceiling Thatch Door Thatch Floor Thatch Roof Thatch Wall Added the following blueprints to possible flotsam loot: Dinghy Ship Hangar Ship Resources Box Food Larder Diving Attachment Ship Cargo Rack Removed the following blueprints from possible sunken treasure chest loot: Thatch Ceiling Thatch Door Thatch Floor Thatch Roof Thatch Wall Added the following blueprints to possible sunken treasure chest loot: Medium Wood Deck Large Wood Deck Medium Wood Gunport Large Wood Gunport Cannon Large Cannon Puckle Catapult Dinghy Ship Hangar Ship Resources Box Food Larder Diving Attachment Ship Cargo Rack Removed the following blueprints from possible Ship of the Damned schooner loot: Small Wood Deck Small Wood Plank Ship Ammunition Container Ship Resources Box Food Larder Puckle Puckle Bullet Catapult Boulder Added the following blueprints to possible Ship of the Damned schooner loot: Wood Ceiling Removed the following blueprints from possible Ship of the Damned brigantine loot: Small Wood Deck Small Wood Plank Dinghy Ship Hangar Ship Ammunition Container Ship Resources Box Food Larder Diving Attachment Ship Cargo Rack Puckle Puckle Bullet Catapult Boulder Added the following blueprints to possible Ship of the Damned brigantine loot: Wood Ceiling Removed the following blueprints from possible Ship of the Damned galleon loot: Dinghy Ship Hangar Ship Ammunition Container Ship Resources Box Food Larder Diving Attachment Ship Cargo Rack Puckle Puckle Bullet Catapult Boulder Added the following blueprints to possible Ship of the Damned galleon loot: Wood Ceiling 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
  3. 1 point
    Ahoy Pathfinders, Happy Holidays! Later today we’ll be pushing out an update for both PC and Xbox, which contains a number of bug fixes, QOL improvements, and balance changes. We have a lot more changes to come and will be following up with another patch in January next year and more shortly thereafter! We’d like to celebrate the holidays with something special, so we’ll be running a bonus Magic Mythos event! From Thursday the 19th of December, until Monday the 6th of January, the following bonus rates will be applied to our Official Network: 3x Taming 3x Harvesting 3x EXP 2x Gold Latest Patch Notes (v402.5) - Emergency ship ladders are now easier to use - Bow and crossbow can now damage Army of the Damned enemies - Added a new inventory sort option to “sort by type” - Improved inventory functionality to prevent items from randomly shifting around when transferring between inventories - When multiple items are sent to the hotbar, their “equip delay” timers will now countdown simultaneously rather than one at a time - Ships that are still being built in a shipyard will now refund resources for demolished parts - Weather and temperature conditions no longer drain hunger or thirst meters when refilling stamina - Increased meat and fish stack sizes to 100 - Further reduced the shark aggro radius - Improved compass visuals to make it easier to read - Tiers of Nature’s Cry no longer stack with each other - Human NPCs can now ride in cargo harnesses and carriages - Removed all XP gains from the guillotine and noose - Players can no longer gain additional altitude when using a glider - If an explosive barrel is destroyed while being held, the damage is now always considered to come from the holder (and not a different source) - Decreased grenade damage vs. puckles and swivels by 80% - Decreased grenade damage vs. structures by 66% - Decreased grenade damage vs. players by 50% - Decreased grenade crafting cost by 40% - Decreased sword damage by 20% - Decreased blackjack chance to knock riders off of horses by 50% - Increased two-handed mace damage by 30% - Increased bola immobility duration on players by 10% - Increased puckle and swivel damage vs. players by 100% - Decreased Equilibrium buff attack damage bonus from 20% to 10% - Added a 20% Stamina Recovery Speed bonus to the Equilibrium buff Thank you so much for all the support you’ve shown us over the year and we like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 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
  4. 1 point
    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
  5. 1 point
    Ahoy Pathfinders! A new ATLAS Devkit update is available! This latest update includes the Blackwood map as an example of how to create standalone maps, as well as all the latest content and additions to the game. The new map serves as an example for mod developers as a way to create their own unique ATLAS experience intended to be hosted on a single server. Take a look at the source files to see how we've created Blackwood and how it works. We've also uploaded an example of Blackwood to the Steam Workshop. It's the exact same as the DLC, so there isn't a need to download or subscribe to it, but for those of you who were curious, we set it up to show you it does work. You can check out Blackwood map as a mod here. The latest download of the Devkit can be found here: http://atlasdedicated.com/ATLAS_DevKit_v218.zip ( torrent ) ( MD5: 417f792608439e809d732e49af72ab3e ) Additionally: The optional Ocean map sublevels can be downloaded from here: http://atlasdedicated.com/ATLASDevKit_OceanSublevels_v218.zip ( torrent ) ( MD5: ff927974975e3f9c20b395c330e441e8 ) Please note that this is a full devkit download, so it is recommended that you back up your mod content before migration -- a general rule of thumb, make sure you back up your files regularly! One of the primary differences in making an ATLAS map would be the ocean and our dynamic waves. You'll want to read through our documentation to make sure you've brushed up on the new systems, and in particular, make sure to read up on how to setup ATLAS shoreline data is setup. This is so that water and waves work properly with your maps and that you don't end up with high waves very close to shore: https://devkit.playatlas.com/en/latest/Guides/Shorelines.html We've also added some more pages to the documentation site, so make sure to check those out: https://devkit.playatlas.com/en/latest/Guides/WorldBuilding.html Haven’t yet ventured onto the high seas? ATLAS is currently on sale for 67% off on Steam July 26 - August 2! 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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