They have a really awesome genre with Atlas. I'm sure they didnt think ark would take like it did, imagine how epic if they merged them a bit more. I always felt like Atlas should have been an prim expansion for Ark.
Keeping them apart is cool but there is a lot of coding in Ark that is already done that they could bring over. They need to learn about selling some cosmetics for micro transactions. not just ugly hats but like an entire ship skin for example. Not sure if anyone played Ultima Online but in that game there were some rares that spawned in the world on timers. These decorative items sold for millions when they went extinct. There were also rare resource items from bosses and NPCs for crafting. I used to sell them on ebay and actually bought my first car selling shit from that game. It was loads of fun collecting the items.
From a PvE perspective, people are into the RP and base building aspects. They need to enhance this. Its not ALL about t-bagging people. I enjoy a good fist gank like the rest but damn, how hard is it to get an intern to draw some decorative items? I'd also like to see power stones give you more engram points if you consume them. Give them a purpose beyond kraken.
Enhance the skill lines. NOT cookie cutter classes. Keep what there is and Think Star Wars Galaxies. It had 31 skill lines you mix matched to create your own unique char. Dont change, just add more. Chef is a skill, Dancer, musician. Doctors for stat buffs. Galaxies had an epic crafting system that created this massive community in game surrounding it. People built player cities just to house malls. I get it will be hell to balance in PvP but what game has perfect balance? There is ALWAYS a meta. For PvE is more about play style and enjoyment. point is there are enough proven ideas. gleen.
Crafting for resale could be given some love. Vendor shops should be tied to a server search engine. Even crap Linage 2 has a better auction house. I'm cool with travelling for a pick up but finding things is stupid. If you want to add a courier for a fee, cool, whatever.
I can see this staying as it is. Its not funded and there isn't any source of income from it. So i agree, I doubt there will be an official release.