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  1. 30 points
    We’re happy to be able to share another update. We have the issue fixed with Microsoft and are good to go on our end! We are submitting for immediate release. The game therefore should be available in, hopefully, under an hour (it takes some time to process), and the servers will be put online as soon as we confirm the game is available. We don’t have full control over exactly when that happens but we’ll keep you all in the loop on the progress. Thank you for your support. Almost there!
  2. 22 points
    Ahoy Pathfinders, News from the Cabin Major news! We have been working on our plans for some time and getting ready to give all you Pathfinders the details of our new ATLAS journey. We’re growing the development team and we’ll be starting to introduce those team members to you next week! Updates! Our first major change to the ATLAS will be a whole new World Map which is designed to intensify the fun at higher levels and make it a bit safer for lower level players. This is just the first step in the greater plan to shift gameplay from the land out on to the open seas! This new World Map drops in the first half of July for both PC and Xbox. Another piece of ATLAS’ grander plan is to focus on PVP play with an eye towards breaking out PVE play into something else. As part of this plan, we’ll be taking NA PVE offline and leaving the EU PVE server as the official PVE world for the time being. Bringing a new World Map online will require a complete reset of the system, something we don’t take lightly. We wouldn’t do it if we didn’t feel that it was vital to the new experience we want to create for you all. We have new goals for supporting the game and delivering regular (dare we say monthly!) content updates that will bring joy and piracy back to the open seas, with plans for Trade Winds, Farms, Warehouses, and more! Stick with us on this ride and we’ll sail the high seas together! Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew 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. 17 points
    From the community: "We the community appreciate any patch but last patch had bad changes : Grenades was nerfed to much, Swivel damage should have been reduced instead increased, and the changes for puckle resistence and damage should come in the same time with a patch where the flag can placed only on land. Do not force people to fight on the sea when there is nothing to do." A short list with some ideas who can improve the state of the game : Qol -Bolla should stack 10/20. -Increase alloy crafting speed or increase crafting queue. -Bolla take to much to be crafted. -Berries should stack 500/1000. -Sort items by :damage,durability (filters). -Silo should feeding all the animals and also silo should take all types of food. -Cargo rack slots must be increased. -Seeds should stack to 500/1000. -We should be able to save a skill tree. -Allow tax rates to be set by company ID and/or by allies. -Increase the barrel slots.(500 grogs takes 1 hour with 8 barrels if you are in "robocop mode"). -Allow NPC crew to repair all structures including ceilings,cannons,walls when the ship is anchored and the NPC's are unseated. -Researching puckles should be more affordable in points, new players have problem reasearching this turret, is one of the reason why their bases remain unprotected. -Ramshackle should have by default Npc's when purchased.(2 hours until mutinied) Land -shield bash should be a feat cooldown 6-8 seconds,there is no possibility of getting rid of stun is the most broken weapon because of player stamina is unlimited. -The mace shouldn't torpor your members.(Nobody is using mace because you can torpor easy your members,if this will be disabled the mace will be more often used, also people will be forced to put more points in Torpor/Fortitude and not only in stamina,more diversity and more balance for land pvp fights). -Horse speed should be lowered (it simply flies) -Swivel damage mounted on a cart must be lowered (only 150%+ dmg swivel should kill a full gear enemy)(swivel mounted in front of the cart shouldn't be allowed). -Cannon cart range should be lowered ( the turrets are ineffective because of the range). -Ballista should receives some improvements like range and inclination angle (is the only turret who could work pretty effective against tames). -Increase the 3rd person view when using mortars. Sea PVP -Increase the planks on Brigantine to 7/8k (more balance on the sea battles the Galleon is to OP in this moment and also the Brigantine is more affordable for new players and small companies). -Decrease the spawn timer for SOTD or increase the number of them when spawning.(at least in PS grid). -Flotsam should contain between 20 and 100 cannon balls depends on the quality (instead sailing to home grid 2 hours for restock we can collect flotsam for 20,30 minutes). -Let us to be able to take parts from enemy ship or from our ship who got sunk planks/sails/decks.etc (at least you can gain something after a battle on the water,more reasons to sail and engage in fights) -Ship stats respec for gold. -Crew counter hud for ships. -The ships must be faster when reversing. -Ability to mark ally boats with a spyglass so they appear on the map. -Large doors for Harbour entrance,in particular for Galleons. Wish you good luck. Vlad. If you agree or disagree your opinion matters, don't hesitate to reply.
  4. 15 points
    So when are we gonna get a sorry for what you did to the community? I didn’t know ARK genesis was on the ATLAS roadmap. Dollie, the CM manager that ignores her community, nice one. I’m very disappointed.
  5. 14 points
    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
  6. 14 points
    Hello, I am fairly new to Atlas, my buddies and I started this high-seas adventure about a month ago. In that time we were having a blast and were under the impression that this game is having a bright future despite its current population crisis. When I have heard the news about the new lead designer I was all hyped up. I was waiting for the upcoming dev stream like crazy - after all, you have marketed this stream as if it was the Second Coming of Jesus. I was feeling the incoming "wind of change" to the point I have decided to participate in the forum thread collecting questions from the player base, in that thread it was the first time I realized how many issues this game has and I saw some real, constructive and important questions being asked there - for sure they will make it to Wednesday's Stream, after all the new lead designer would be reason enough to touch on the current state of the game. "THE Stream" finally happened and my naive hope for this project going "full speed ahead" died along with it. Seriously, last time I have seen such a question-dodging non-answer vague dev stream was in the early Elder Scrolls Online days and that nearly killed the game (but Zenimax Online Studios has a massive financial backing and tons of developers on payroll so they eventually recovered, I sincerely doubt you guys have such resources). You know that situation when you are working at a corporate office, and they force you to do some bullshit presentation meeting or you will be excluded from "Granola Fridays" for a month? So you come up with some bullshit pie-chart about "Vertical integration of best collaborative practices" or some other non-topic nobody cares about? This is what this dev stream was. I work at a software company and I know it is sometimes very hard to come up with a meaningful developer stream, but doing a pre-recorded dev stream with a new lead designer that announced big changes and then filling it with pie charts, "maybes" and "we are thinking about it" was honestly disrespectful towards your backers. Forum topic (you have marketed heavily) was filled with some genuine questions yet you have ignored the issues completely. From what I have gathered from the game chat, discords etc. people do not bother to log-in to the game as they have no idea if the servers will be wiped or not. I'm a new player, I have just started and I have no business to hope for a wipe as I have not experienced the game fully yet, but the "wipe or no wipe" question seems to be tearing whatever is left of your community apart. You announce "big changes" (altho we still have no idea what those changes will be as you have talked about them so vaguely Todd Howard would be proud) but refuse to specify what those changes will be and you have left all the possible, heavily requested, content information in a realm of speculation. You also announce Xbox cross-play yet you do not touch on the wipe issue The stream had over one thousand viewers, the chat was nothing else but a wall of people asking about any information regarding the wipe, yet you have ignored it completely with this pre-recorded nonsense and chose to answer questions about cat whiskers and color palettes - if I was a veteran player I would feel insulted. Do you guys have such high hopes for your Xbox launch you believe you can ignore the current players? Cause it sure looks like that and let me tell you - with that attitude whatever player base you will accumulate through the console launch won't last for long. After watching this stream I am on a crossroads, I am not sure if I want to continue playing a project with no vision and with such poor communication, at this point I think even Fallout 76 does a better job at managing their community and I never thought it was possible to be worse. It seems that your Galleon is sinking and all you have is medium planks.
  7. 14 points
    Have you thought of putting a map with pvp and pve areas together like a lot of the private servers have made so that small tribes can enjoy the ship pvp without having their base trashed by the large tribes and have a safe area to relax when they want to just build.
  8. 14 points
  9. 13 points
    I'll take that under advisement from a person who never makes themselves look stupid
  10. 12 points
    i gonna tell you what gonna happen, 1. anounce new stuff 2. get some cash out of it 3. ignore the Community for month 4. Invest it on next Ark addon and this has nothing to do with salty, time has already shown that they gave up the game after seasson 1, its just a cashcow.
  11. 11 points
    Does East and West mean something different in atlas then the real world???
  12. 11 points
    So for months Mr know it all who has not played the game but gives advice to those that do, does not really know squat after all.
  13. 10 points
    How about you wipe the PvP servers as there's no true pvp there, its almost all offline pvp griefing. The pve servers at least have worked long and hard to build up everything they have. If you reset everyone to level 1 on the wipe you just killed what little player base Atlas has remaining. Heck, merge PvP and PvE into PvEvP by making "Laweless Zones" just that LAWLESS!! PvP auto enables when you zone into one. BuT: if you leave player level, discoveries, achievements, and skills alone that could be viable. And dont say you cant do it because we all know you can. Quite a lot of players have spent an ungodly amount of time on their character...and you're plan is to wipe all that work? export player files, import new world, import player files that have "location" modified to wherever your "starter" areas are. Players may have to rebuild bases, reclaim islands, etc...but the bulk of their gaming effort is still intact. A complete trashing of player loyalty again...might as well go play Oasis if we all have to start over.
  14. 9 points
    A short list with some fixes and maybe some new features who can be added to the game. Land- -The max health on characters should be limited at 300 and only with BP gear we should be able to cross 300 health.(more fair fights between players) -Fix pike range underwather (is huge and higher in comparison when is used on land) -The glider should loose altitude depending on the weight of the character.(More weight means much faster loosing altitude). -The timer for heal our self with a medkit should be increased. -To heal our self under the wather with a medkit shouldnt be a thing. -Increase mortar damage (it is no longer effective against galies with full resistence,no sense to use mortars against enamy ships even if is an 200% damage mortar. -Increase the 3rd person view when using mortars, we cant use the mortars properly when the mortar is placed somewhere in top of the pillar/cliff. -Increase Standard Carbine damage. -More gun depression for ballista. -More gun depression for Swivel. -Increase puckle resistence, 2 nades and the puckle is gone (Fix puckles behind the stairs) -We shouldnt be able to contest the flag when we are inside the submarine. -We should be allowed to move the flag location in our island once per week without loosing the island claim. -Less range for cannon on tames especially when the tames are on top of the hill/cliff. -Let as to able to pick the Swivel/Puckle/Ballista whenever we want and be able put it somewhere else. -Because no one is farming resources for BP walls/cellings/floors everyone prefers to spam more walls layers so will be nice if we can crafts on usual smithy with only 1 type of resources walls/cellings etc with 1/3/5/x resistence and off course the costs should be much higher but at least the walls spam will be much less or maybe BP with random resistence between 1 and 5 but this BP shouldnt ask for more types of resouces. SEA- - More speed for ships when backwards. -Fix Grapplinghook ships (We shouldnt be able to grap an enamy ship if our ship have less weight than enamy ship). -Let us to be able to take parts from enamy ship or from our ship who got sunk planks/sails/deck.etc (More reasons to sail and have sea fights). -The resistence on ships should be limited at 300. -Let us to decide if our/any ally company can see our ships position on the sea (this is for sea fights). -Let us to be able to reset our points for ships same like our character. -We need large doors who can be used for Harbour entrance,in particular for Galleon. -The cannons placed on ships should do less damage to structures on land. -Will be nice notifications when an ally join in the grid so will not be neccesary everytime to asking in ally chat who joined. I can explain even better why i'm asking this changes if someone is really interested.Will be nice to see your opinions about this list @Dollie and @Jatheish and off course the opinions from our community. ( 2700 hours in game only on PVP official if someone is curious)
  15. 9 points
    i do not want to partake in any pvp whatsoever, nothing but griefing and toxicity, forcing people who literally dont want any part in pvp is just going to kill the game for them and then you loose a really big chunk of your player base that you wont get in return, learn from the mistakes like blizzard have made... deciding for the players how they should be playing the game is only going to lead to more backlash, and more people leaving. maybe take a dedicated PVP server since they are already doing both pve and pvp.. pvp players would be more open to a change like this, i get that this is "early access" but the way this is being handled right now seems like constructive criticism isnt welcomed, and devs dont actually care about how any of the pve players feel about this change because "it's not what they want to see players doing" when taming/breeding/building etc is EXACTLY what players want.. dont punish the players for playing your game the way they want to play..
  16. 9 points
    Welcome aboard @Chismebeard, @Nami, and @Gortok! Your PVE community is feeling a little left out/betrayed. Can you share your plans for its future?
  17. 9 points
    Ahoy Pathfinders, We have some good news, and sorry to say some bad news. The good news is that we've been informed that the issue is resolved (context), which will allow us to now do everything that needs to be done in order to get ATLAS released and available for you. The bad news is that unfortunately, this process will still take a few hours which means we're currently looking at a new delay. We understand how frustrating this is, everyone is doing everything they can to get this out the door as soon as possible. Once we have a more precise timeline, we'll let you know with a corresponding timezone link so you can see when it should be available in your region. This means that the Official Networks also will not be opened up for a few more hours. We’ll keep you posted throughout this process. Answers to the recent FAQ from the Community: EU PvP, EU PvE, and NA PvE will be launching simultaneously when the game is available on Xbox. When we have a precise timeline, we'll update this post with a link to other timezones so you can see when the launch happens for you. 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 80gb Players will be able to host Unofficial Xbox and Crossplay servers via Nitrado. This means that players can host unofficial 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. The game does include the standalone map, Blackwood. ATLAS has been enhanced for Xbox One X.
  18. 9 points
    There is exactly zero incentive to PVP in atlas. Why hassle with trying to attack an enemy fleet in an epic sea battle, or siege a well equipped fort with heroic defenders when you can simply wait for your enemies to log off, then kill them without resistance and destroy everything they ever created in the game in minutes. Once your enemy logs off, they are defenseless, sleeping, and therefore can be killed with a single hit and looted of all possessions without any skill or difficulty involved. There are no safe places to log off either. The strongest walls anyone can build in the game can be destroyed with a few salvos from a ship, so in about 10 seconds. Even walls that are built far away from shores can be destroyed by a single cannon cart in about two minutes. Also, a simple cannon has longer range than any defensive armament of a base, so you can safely park your ship or cannon cart outside any base, and shoot it without any chance of retaliation. Any ship you may build will also go down in a matter of seconds if found unmanned, even if you spent a week building it. Suppose you are really vested into not dying when you log off, and decide to spend an enormous amount of time and effort building on a remote mountain top that is both away from ships, and cannot be reached by cannon carts. Well, then then any attacker can still destroy the strongest wall you can build in the game with about 30 grenades, in about 2 minutes. To put this into context, grenades are relatively cheap to make and the average player can carry about a hundred. Interestingly, not only is it incredibly fast and easy to kill people offline and destroy entire bases, its rather expensive to build them. Atlas has the odd logic of making it cheaper to attack a fort than to defend one, even not counting the range advantage of attackers that makes all the defensive armaments useless anyway. At the moment not even mega companies seem to keep a large enough player force to defend themselves 24/7, so just build yourself a cheepo ship, get a horse with a cart, pack in a few grenades and sail around to find any building or ship left unattended for two minutes. Destroy it, loot it then move on. Its what everybody seems to be doing as its the most efficient strategy with the current game mechanics. A single player in underpants can currently beat any mega. I had this stupid idea a month ago to start the game, team up with some friends, build an awesome pirate base and fleet and then look for other fleets to battle. After a month, the four other guys left, as if we built something, it would always be destroyed while we were offline. We never witnessed an actual battle. We did see ships sometimes, but if they found us online, they would just sail away without attacking, and avoided us if we tried chasing them. The few allies we met have the exact same experience (most of them left after getting wiped repeatedly). I have only witnessed actual ship vs ship combat on videos. And to be fair, cruising around we found countless fleets moored on shore with their owners logged off, and also countless bases built by fellow players. We made the policy of not attacking anything if there are no players on it, as it did not seem much fun griefing others. But for most people this is the game: find an unattended ship or base, destroy it, then loot it. If you find other players, then just avoid them. Offline griefing is by far the most efficient strategy in this game, and this makes it a very unrewarding experience in my opinion. Its not the fault of the players, its a mistake of the game developers that made offline raiding the easiest and most rewarding activity in Atlas. A very poor game design choice if I may say so.
  19. 9 points
    Some people love building boats, some building towns with shops, some like taming, some like sailing and fighting. Deciding HOW people are going to play will have the devs playing this game by themselves. If the purpose is to have people be at sea, then you devs have done everything in your power to keep us ported: 1) You have cloudy skies that threaten rain with cyclones that do more overall ship damage than a full-on fleet fight. So, you PORT to avoid all that damage until you figure out whether 7 cyclones are going to literally follow you around a grid until you port. OR you PORT and twiddle your thumbs for the duration of a storm. 2) Living at sea requires us to carry enough ammo, supplies for repairs, and enough food and gigantic tables that the only size that can handle all that is the SLOWEST ship in the fleet (the Brig) or force everyone to build server-clogging galleons. 3) In order to have an awesome ship, you have to PORT, have a base to store the ingredients until it is complete and to build. To avoid spending the rest of your life with an axe and pick, you have to make tames to make that go faster so you can build your awesome ship to live on. Now you have tames that must be stored and protected and fed, and presto, you are landlocked and PORTED. Fast travel to feed is the only thing that saves the day, but you are naked, so whatever. 4) You made everything so heavy that "sailing" is more like watching dolphins passing you and laughing. You solved this with an awesome cargo box that you cannot even access unless you are PORTED. 5) Only you can repair your ship at sea, so if you are not keen to spend all your time after fights or storms or rocks making repairs to hundreds of single pieces, you must PORT. 6) If you lose your ship and everything you so lovingly built, you must have a place to rebuild. That requires a base that stores all duplicates of your goodies, blueprints, farming for cooking, clothes, weapons, etc.... again, you must PORT. 7) Scavenging wrecks overload boats, gold to pay crew overload a boat, supplies overload boats. So unless you are willing to dump all this (WTF), you spend all your time calculating how to keep the weight under 50% of the capacity to keep a decent knot. 8} Going around massive builds, avoiding squabbling neighbors, avoiding aggressive builds to block content, all double or triple your time on land and not in a good way. 9) Placing Treasure Maps in ridiculous locations, like inaccessible mountain tops, under rocks, squeezed ledges, in bases make it under a 50% shot that you can ever get access to it. And forget getting the good ones alone without a tame to help or drag some NPCs behind you getting stuck in everything from a bush to a turtle. It increases ported time. BONUS: The re-vamped island ownership did not work out as you planned, I think. Instead of a big company claiming big islands, they claimed all the little ones and they left the big ones free for folks that cannot even claim them. How about the large companies only being allowed to claim the large islands and leave the little ones to the little tribes? Thank you for addressing some of these issues, but taking away things that people like doing instead of limiting the things like over-active cyclones or weight and speed issue is a mistake. Make all things possible and all will come and play THEIR game. Totally get this is a work in progress, Beta and there are growing pains, just please remember: LAST and I think most important: NO one wants to spend ANY time playing and building and farming to have a wipe looming over them like a Black Plague. Most I have talked to say they will wait until these devs get their ship together, then come and play.
  20. 9 points
    They ignore the old at their peril. They are the curmudgeons that have the disposable income, time, and dedication to make a progression game work. The younglings get distracted by the latest shiny and move like locusts from game to game, stripping content fields bare before dying in a glut of speedrun torpor.
  21. 8 points
    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
  22. 8 points
    So screw us na pve player? This is some bs...
  23. 8 points
    I will NOT be forced into PvP! Period! And I just dropped a couple hundred hours into building a new stone base. I think I'll just go enjoy New World. Good timing on your patch.
  24. 8 points
    Sean Murray, his crew who made No Man Sky are a good example. They took every verbal beating from their playerbase, pro critics, news organizations, everyone. Because they made outlandish promises, said everything was going to be there on launch day, and we got an Early Access title for full price with a whole lot of nothing, and they suffered. They suffered so hard, having literally no playerbase, but they said they were going to commit to making the game what they promised everyone it was supposed to be. And they did, they admitted they wanted to quit and move on to other things, but they stood by their conviction and turned that dumpster fire into an amazing game, and it took time. But they kept at it. And it has a massive amount of content now they havent charged anyone extra for. They worked it out, they found a way, and they accomplished it. They kept their communication with their customers and players and media outlets going so everyone knew what they were doing. And literally everyone had respect for that, they repaired their broken reputation by taking their blows for their mistakes, and making good on what they said, and it's truly respectable of them to do that. On the opposite side, we have Grapeshot, a "studio" made to turn an ARK DLC into a standalone, that flopped hard because it was a complete mess. And their response to the game flopping on PC? Silence... And then... Well lets put it on Xbox. And more silence. Silence silence silence, and then we come to find out theyre not even working on the game, they all went back to Wildcard to start work on a new DLC. When the entire employee base of a Studio fucks off without a word to their community, to work on another project. That's a serious lowball move, a big fuck you to the people who supported your idea by funding your Early Access.
  25. 8 points
    Went out with my bear yesterday. Granted, it's a shitty lvl 55 cargo bear but hey, the map was only a 3.3... easy right? aotd bear damage = 17 Ok, screw that. I got two pistols. I'll end this shit right now... boom... boom. aotd pistol damage (head shot) = 6 Well, that's good news. Now I can spec out of taming since I won't need a bear to sail around and do pointless maps with. And I can spec out of pistols because I only need a bow to kill the wolves around me. And, I won't have to waste skill points on crazy stuff like swords, or armor. Cool! Ok, so... to hell with maps, I'll go kill sotd. Whipped out he brig, spent an hour and a half sailing around. Killed 2 low level brigs and a low level galleon. Spent like 100 cannon balls and another hour repairing the brig (roof armor which npc's, who I'm PAYING, refuse to fix) My rewards? 39g, 19 large cannon balls (useless since large cannons are gunport only), 16 liquid flame (useless in pve), a common ballista and 9 ballista bolts. Oh, and a common ballista blueprint (Yipee!) Was that a hint for me to do whales? Naa. Can't be. In that hour and a half sailing around I didn't see a single one. Surely not. Ok, so remind me again, what was this grand plan about me spending more time at sea and less on land? I forget. Oh wait, I remember. That massive adrenaline rush I get from doing both of the 3.0 sunken treasure (the only 2 the sextant buffed showed in all that sailing around) which paid more than either the map or the sotd (barely)! And that's with me only getting to do one because after I dived on the second one I found the entrance to the chest buried under dirt. But hey, I still got 56g off the first one. Yea baby! Filthy rich. 105 more days like this and I can afford to change the name on my ship! Whew! I still have a reason to play the game. I'm so glad I came back to Atlas. (For those unfamiliar with me or my methods, this is NOT optimism. It's fucking sarcasm.)
  26. 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
  27. 8 points
    Ahoy Pathfinders, We’ve just received some news about the launch and wanted to share it with you alongside some further info that may answer some recent questions we’ve been fielding. Unfortunately, our launch time for our Official Networks and Xbox Crossplay will be delayed. In order for the game to list, there needs to be a change to some backend configuration settings that can only be done with Microsoft's help. As these changes are necessary for the launch of the game, we’ll have to delay it until they’ve applied those settings in the morning (Pacific Time). We don’t expect the process to take a long time and are currently estimating the delay to be 4 hours, pushing the launch time to 4pm ET. Answers to the recent FAQ from the Community: EU PvP, EU PvE, and NA PvE will be launching on the 8th of October at 4pm Eastern Time. Timezones for other regions: https://everytimezone.com/s/170de87f 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 80gb Players 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. In other news, we are also working on an update for Wild Pirate Encampments! A patch will be coming out soon that will introduce difficulty levels to the WPEs. The difficulty will be displayed on the grid, and the camps will contain better loot the harder they are. We hope you’re having fun with that new system and thank you for all the feedback and reports you’ve provided about it so far!
  28. 8 points
    I'm so Tired of getting FUCKED Over by this damn game makers. This is the third time I have to restart after building my lvl/Tames/Ect.. up. Stop fucking the players over. You should have found a way to stop screwing over the people that have been loyal to your game. You could have at least given us our levels back.
  29. 8 points
    Hey Antony. We've opted not to give an ETA on the next Mega Update yet because, let's be blunt, meeting ETA's when we set them quite far in advance isn't our strongest attribute as a Studio As it draws closer, we'll share more. Generally speaking, we have a lot we're working on behind the scenes and information we're excited to share with the playerbase soon.
  30. 7 points
    Ahoy Pathfinders! The Grapeshot Crew is excited to announce the date and time of: Season 4: The Maelstrom This Friday, July 3rd, at 8 pm PDT (11 pm EDT), ATLAS' new World Map: The Maelstrom, will be replacing our original world map on both PC and Xbox. Everyone has worked hard to streamline player progression in The Maelstrom - players at lower levels will find it easier to focus on getting set up for their journey, and more experienced players will see new levels o' fun with a focus on player encounters. Please Note: Since The Maelstrom is a new journey, server wipes will be necessary for a fresh new start. As a reminder, while we focus on PVP gameplay, there will be one global PVE server for the time being. PVP servers will remain region-specific. Avast Ye! Servers may be down for around 45 minutes while we deploy the new map this Friday at 8 pm PDT. Expect full patch notes to be available upon the update. Happy Sailing, - ATLAS Crew 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 Plus ye can band with us Pirates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playatlasgame
  31. 7 points
    What a relief to see some progress being made and new ideas being worked on. This game has so much potential, even more than ark! ^^ I hope there will be a new PvPvE map system where (almost) pure PvE could be an option, but with PvP on the other hand being way more rewarding. (to make the PvE players try it out aswell) It would be awesome to have a thriving economy, with blueprints, rare items, cosmetics and so on. Fun achievements, rare ship parts and equipment to get as a reward for sinking ships, keeping control of certain outposts in the PvP areas and so on. And all that while still having a safezone to hang out in, aka your main base. Add more complete, usable structures and houses to replace the hundreds of floors, walls and ceilings to reduce lag and bring more immersion to the game as a whole. Reduce the powercreep of blueprints and weapons/armor, make 150% damage blueprints really rare or give them out as rewards for certain tasks. Make gold more valuable (so we dont pay 10s of thousands of gold for one tame or ship anymore, because everyone has so much). These are just some suggestions that I came up with. Im sure all of you have even better ideas and also a way to implement them. Dont be scared to try out new features, listen to the community, see what they are asking for, ignore all the hate and insults from these idiots and prove them wrong. I've been playing since day 1 and I had lots of fun ever since. (yes, we exist) :D We will stick along so hopefully you guys will too! ^^ We all want the game to succeed Hopes are high, Good luck :D
  32. 7 points
    I really hope this is not as stupid as it looks and sounds on paper
  33. 7 points
    No no no no!! I refuse to play PvP. And if we lose all our animals that we worked so hard to breed, I might as well uninstall the game.
  34. 7 points
    Oh great, so I bought a game based on it being PVE for it only to be stripped. This whole thing smells bad.
  35. 7 points
    Here is a question for the Dev's what are they going to do for the players that have spent months working on tame stats, gathering mats to build the higher tier ship and gear, as well as those who have worked to level their pathfinders up to do the end game quests? Why remove a server and have all those players lose everything that they have worked for is not how you build customer loyalty in fact in to how you lose customers.
  36. 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
  37. 7 points
    There's been barely any activity worth noting since you put that (apparently useless) roadmap out. If you're not planning on giving attention to the project, you can at least be forthright about it. Or did Ark: Genesis require you to reallocate too many team members to actually make significant progress?
  38. 7 points
    Garbage Patch considering the time you all have been gone on vacation... Sad
  39. 7 points
    Nope, don’t need a newbie in here being captain save a hoe.
  40. 7 points
    Title says it all. I may take a break from this next EA edition as it's really hard to justify coming back for a 3rd grind fest for a few new islands and a biome. Maybe we put some effort into making the game feel more alive? One of the most frustrating things is finding a really cool looking NPC structure but it's just a piece of scenery with no ability to interact. You can't go inside at all or do anything with them. What the hell is the point then? Some of these places are put in spots that would be absolutely great to build at too and in this last go around we built a town around an existing small NPC town but even after building it that NPC parts just felt out of place. It would be nice if taverns felt like actual taverns. When you go inside you're greeted with some nice pirate shanty and a beautiful waitress and barkeep who sells grog. Or when you happen upon a farm house there are little NPC kids outside and a farmer and a wife who you can buy vegetables from. Would this be so difficult? I realize that does require quite a bit of work but are there any plans on the horizon to do this?
  41. 7 points
    ever think of just simply deleting the ladder? I quit playing this game because of a ladder might be the lamest excuse for quilting a game I have ever heard.
  42. 7 points
    So I'm reading a thread on Atlas Reddit filled with all the cryin' souls that just watched the live stream. Blah, Blah, Yada, Yada, you know, same ol stuff different week. Regardless, I come across the following post .... "The stream was basic at best, and the reason again as i stated above is because Dollie and Jat came on to discord voice and gave us the details that should have been in stream not discord voice. Instead of answering questions about cosmetics they should have answered questions like Dollie and Jat did that the majority cared about." Easily raised my eyebrow and thought to myself "What the F#%k". Again .... per usual .... per GS historical norm .... there are information channels that seem to get treated substantially differently than others. If you are not in the right one, you are SOL. So I'm kinda pissy and my son comes in and says "What's up?" I explain to him the separation of information and he just nods and doesn't really say much (Usual response is "I can't believe your still playing that game."). However, on his way out he does say "Forums are for old people, dad." What? What does that even mean? Apparently the general consensus "IS" discord and twitter for gaming info .... at least in his world. So I thought about this as I really don't care for either to be honest, it does make sense. I see the live stream dev panel and I would call all of them young(er). An argument could be made about all info channels should receive the same information, but, I'm trying to stay away from that for the moment. I'm sure that is where this will devolve though. Secondarily, I do not know for certain if Jat and Dollie in discord voice even happened. Seeing as I am an old(er) person (50), my question is .... if you are reading this, are you an old person? Is this forum just filled with edgy curmudgeons shaking their walking sticks at the monitors?
  43. 7 points
    Appreciate the positivity! I love the ships in general and (yes, even though it needs to be hit with our upcoming balance changes) I think ship PvP combat can be really enjoyable. I even like listening to the ship-related sound effects and visualising the talented Watson Wu and his team clambering about on a 1812 replica ship to record them: I really enjoy the creative builds you guys create. I've seen Tahitian marina, castles, taverns, hanging gardens, skull forts, Red Wedding halls...along with intricate sail and ship designs. The Aurora Borealis is really ambient. Waveworks gives a cool effect to the ocean, I know the guys spent a lot of time on that. Our level designers excelled themselves, I'm blown away by some of the points of interest, statues, and ruins are just amazing. The great hall in the Polar Dungeon is a place I hung out in whilst doing QA on that patch. There are also uwotm8 moments with the level designers. Case in point : Iso's Blackwoods map is just beautiful in general. She has a real eye for aesthetics. Hmmm oh and I like the derpy expressions on Crew's faces at times. I love working with my talented and technically ambitious team and acting as the human shield for them at times haha. I also appreciate the passionate Community. Most of the harshest critique comes from a place of being invested in the progress of the game and I filter it through that understanding. Acting as an advocate and voice for the Community in meetings whilst also supporting the team internally brings a sense of accomplishment.
  44. 7 points
    This is something they need to fix for their stated goal of making this a pirate game. Pirating means melee/ranged attacks on pirates guarding the treasure. Archer attacks on your skeleton archer opponents, followed by the hand to hand battle is very much part of pirate fantasy. If tames are the only way or best way to do something, then this is not a pirate game, this should not be ARK2.0
  45. 7 points
    I wish I had more hands so I could give this post 4 thumbs down
  46. 7 points
    When I first bought Atlas, I was expecting it to be a reskinned ARK. As a long time ARK player, I wasn't overly phased by that as despite the quite average performance, ARK could be a quite beautiful game, rich in diverse and interesting locations. And so when i first bought the game, I did so expecting to refund it after 2 hours. I just wanted to check it out basically. I ran around the first Freeport and enjoyed the new setting. I thought the little Freeport itself was extremely underwhelming and lifeless - something which didn't remotely look like what was shown in the trailer, but I continued. I ran around doing the basic things to level - killing, collecting etc until I finally had enough for my first raft. By this point i was planning on refunding. I liked it, but it just seemed under-whelming. And then I got on the water. I set out on my first raft and holy crap - the water was amazing and far better than I had imagined. I'd always liked the water aspect of ARK but it never felt fully-developed, but this water - the way it moved, the way it bobbed my raft atop it, the feeling of being on it, awesome. It was here that it didn't feel like ARK but it's own game. As I journeyed further out and the sun went down, i had my little fire roaring and my sail up - i bought the game. I was so impressed with that early experience. In time, I built my own sloop and started to explore properly. I crewed it with NPCs, began collecting salvage, deep diving, exploring islands. All of this was extremely enjoyable, but the more i played the game, the more dependent on land i became and the water aspect became something that fell into two categories: 1. I was either not using my ships at all or: 2. I was sailing for vast amounts of time with nothing happening other than changing the sail directions from time to time. I was spending huge amounts of time on farming. I was banging my head in frustration trying to tame animals to reduce the farming times. I was having to erect great ugly structures to house those animals and well, the cycle just became boring. I didnt want to be spending time on land, I wanted to be on the sea - but to be on the sea it required a bunch of land time and well - it just declined from there. One thing I really thought lacking in ARK was a lack of structures/towns of any form. With things like the Freeports and various ruins, I thought this is where ATLAS could have really taken itself to the next level. Funnily enough there's little docks and buildings around the various islands but they're always empty - interesting but soon forgotten. I wish it was here that the developers started to place emphasis. The game needs to be about the sea and the coastlines. Not taming animals, not erecting giant inland bases - but erecting coastal ports and trading hubs. Give us a reason to travel. Dont spend all your time on island biomes - create interesting mini-islands and atols, reefs teeming with fish and hand created shipwrecks. Create port towns which are like the Freeports on steroids - fleshed out with NPCs and things players themselves can add to them. Give us more to do when sailing - more aquatic creature diversity. More NPC ship varieties that aren't always threatening. Migrating birds, weather diversity, island forts. Return the emphasis to the sea - for that's where Atlas truly shines. Create bigger waves, different waves, whirlpools, sea monsters, different coloured water. Create a ton of different underwater biomes so we have a proper reason to visit them and dive. If we want a land based survival pvp - we have ark and conan. Atlas is only weakening itself by continually expanding down that area. Work on the sea. Focus on the sea. Make the sea the best thing possible and focus on why people like me bought the game - to sail and be on the water. Or by the water. Always
  47. 6 points
    Yeah this ain't it chief, these are definitely not the questions people are currently asking.
  48. 6 points
    This is the last straw for me. You guys promised last wipe that it wouldn't happen again so on that I spent hundreds of hours collecting gold maximizing my favorite ship all to have it wiped... This is a huge middle finger to everyone who doesn't want to do the PVP nonsense. Nothing that comes out of your mouth is believable at this point.
  49. 6 points
    That's what I always say. Wee need to be able to play without our bears, or other tames. But because we anyway need to gather and carry a lot of stuff, we need a horse in basic tool skill. So we should be able to obtain one, attach cargo harness and travel through the island and carry our stuff. As for other tools - to became alternative to tames, better quality tools should be same effectiveness as tames. Mythic scythe - gather same amount of fibers that bear do (masterwork then, for example, half as good) etc. There I guess whole world system should be changed. So half-atlas travels should lasts for an hour, or less. - All map size, all grids should be cut at least twice. - Wind should not rotate clockwise and change it's strength from strong to calm and back, but to blow steady average strength (provide us full speed), rarely raise to hurricane (damaging full sails and planks with waves), and rarely drop to calm state. It should blow one direction, and from time to time change, for reasonable angle. - Storm should not be global with hundreds whirlwinds, but to be local dangerous zone like that: So our goal would not be to play pacman with hundreds of tornadoes, but to escape/avoid/survive one deadly zone with just one deadly tornado in center. - There should not be tornado in polar or tundra. Snowstorm there instead. So my idea is to change sailing from boring endless empty time-wasting to short and full of action travels (shorten maps with islands close to eachother - already requires to do some maneuvering between islands. Seaweed zones, random reefs, ship traffic, drifting icebergs, storms avoiding, chasing pirates or running from them, etc. Escorting or delivering missions, trading some stuff, cheaper to buy, in one island, more expensive to sell in to another one. NPS's ports and towns around the world - each grid sould have at least one with local and global quests. with life around... sailing game of my dreams (sigh). Errr... well here is my Brig: As you can see - there is no shootguns, no roof and walls armor. Just regular ship with 4 extra cannons. 10 cannons each side. I fought with it with 4 damned ships at once: two schooners lvl-60 and lvl-54 and two Brigs lvl-56 and lvl-54. Regular maneuver and boardside fight. I took all of them down solo and they were just took 3 planks from me (I replaced em as soon as debuff gone). I also did lvl-56 damned Galleon for quest (again - few leaks and 4 planks). So... in my opinion - the best way to fight damned ships is this. Fighting by Galleon is total torture due to lack of maneuverability and huge time waste for maintenance. And Brig - is fun (of course I have ALL in captaining skill tree I've got 6800+ planks and gunports. Also journeyman sails and 138% damage cannons for Galleon quest). But anyway. I would change all ships system totally. I wrote it before: 26 ships in total 6 clases. No free building on ships, guns in just gunports (with top deck, nose, and stern ports introduced). One piece of sailing equipment for each ship - which contains all masts, cables, ropes, ladders, and sails spots. In loom we choice - which type of sails attach there. And "box" (or "rooms", or whatever) system for ship insides, like crew room, cargo hold, supply block, tames spaces, captain cockpit, armory, etc, and with limited space inside we choice what it will be. Trading ship, battle ship, fast, or big etc. My 26 listed ships are here in this thread. Pictures from another great pirate old game.
  50. 6 points
    1. Ship-Rear Cosmetics/Skins So we have figureheads, steering wheel skins and soon, sail skins. This might be a large suggestion, but the Brig and Galleons have cosmetic "cabin" styling on the backs of them. I propose new skins be made for the Ship itself that adds cosmetic changes to the back of ships. Maybe dragon heads from the back, working up the side? A skull? Hydra head? Cyclops hands? 2. PvE Servers, Allow Ship Claiming After Inactivity Currently, there is no ship claiming on the PvE servers. I feel like ships should be claimable if the player and/or company has not been online or entered the area within maybe 2 weeks? 1 week? Or simply cause the ship to be "Unclaimed" after 1 or 2 weeks of inactivity. 3. Repair All Structures It would be a tremendous Q.O.L. improvement to allow NPC crew to repair all structures including ceilings, cannons, walls, chairs, e.t.c. when the ship is anchored and the NPCs are unseated. Optionally, create a new structure to be placed on a ship in which you assign an npc crewmate to be in charge of repairing all other misc. structures on the ship. 4. Unseat All Crew I don't know about other players, but when I get off my ship, I unseat at least 4 crew members to ensure my ship's essentials are repaired before the next time I set off. This would be another amazing Q.O.L. improvement for the ship to have an implemented option to unseat all crew. 5. Man Your Stations Add an option to NPC crew on ships that assigns them a specific position on-board. Then add an additional option on-board the ship for assigned crew to "Man Stations." 6. Handling Sail; Reverse Allow Handling Sails to provide faster Reverse speeds. As it stands, ships can currently back up no matter what. If the Ship layout includes a Handling Sail, this ship should reverse slightly faster. 7. Captain's Deck Currently, the Galleon is the only ship that comes with a snap-able slot for a receded Deck to be placed higher up at the back of the ship. I propose another optional Deck slot be added to the back end of Brigantines and Schooners, like the Galleons, for cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing ship designs. (The Brigantine is especially difficult to make the ceilings and walls line up with the back end of the ship.) 8. Careening @mKHammerBro Introduce a new mechanic to ground Ships to scrape and clean the underside of the hull. In the past, this process was called Careening, or Heaving Down. Barnacles and other sea life clings to the underside and rots away at the wood. This could also introduce a new way to repair your ship's planks or add a temporary repair and/or speed buff to your ship. 9. Mooring @ikarirain Introduce a new item to be crafted at Smithy's from the Seamanship tree, Bollard. There are instances where a ship is too large to reach an anchor-able point, so it's been proposed to allow ships the ability to be moored in by ropes to Bollards, which can be placed on piers or shipyards, to safely "anchor" the ship in your territory, given anchoring isn't possible. Additionally, increase the amount of Bollards needed to moor a ship depending on the ship's size and/or weight. 10. Select All or Individual Sail Controls @Shakarian Ability to control all sails from the wheel, or select which individual sails to give certain commands to. For instance, all sails selected by default. But press keys similar to the cannon crews to deselect certain sails. 11. Look-Out / Telescope @Aristocrates It is known that being at the top of a mast gives the player a slightly larger render-distance so they can see ships and such ahead of time, but it would be nicer if there was a Telescope sort of attachment to build on the Smithy that could be attached to the top of the mast, further improving this render distance for preparation or avoidance purposes. 12. Collidable Figureheads @Grodgen Collidable Figureheads: Currently they have no collision. You can't stand on them and it also limits their functionality as actual figureheads. 13. Rotatable Weight & Handling Sails @Kaitlynn Allen Add an option to rotate Weight Sails and Handling Sails 180 degrees when placed, depending on your desired placement at the front or back of the ship. 14. Rigging That Connects The Front Sail To The Figurehead @Kaitlynn Allen Add an option to connect sails via rigging placed at the front of the to the bow sprite/figurehead. 15. Catch Net @RebelMarmoset Add a structure for the front or sides of ships that catches flotsam and/or fish. Consequently, the longer the net is lowered, or the more items it catches, the more it slows the ship down. If you like any of these options, please reply to this thread with your comments and feel free to suggest some more ideas pertaining to ships! And a special thank you to @Jatheish for taking the time to read this! Loving the game.
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