ATLAS: The ultimate survival MMO of unprecedented scale with 40,000+ simultaneous players in the same world. Join an endless adventure of piracy & sailing, exploration & combat, roleplaying & progression, settlement & civilization-building, in one of the largest game worlds ever! Explore, Build, Conquer!
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Mixed (288) - 48% of the 288 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date:
Dec 22, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“ATLAS is one of the most ambitious online worlds of all time and while everything we have listed in the feature section will be there around Early Access launch, we are going to need the feedback, insight, and creativity of the game players to build on that foundation and balance the game optimally over a period of time.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“ATLAS will be an Early Access title for approximately 2 years.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“ATLAS is going to better balanced, and have even more content and features than the initial game driven by player feedback and whatever direction players desire to see the game evolve in.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Everything in the features section will be there around Early Access Launch and the game will be an unparalleled massively multiplayer experience from Day One.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“ATLAS will increase in price when the game is fully launched.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We'll be taking feedback from players across multiple social platforms, conducting livestreams, open-forums and hosting events where we can meet players in person and gather their feedback.”
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May 24


Ahoy Pathfinders!

We've had our heads down and we just wanted to give you a quick update on where we're at with our upcoming Public Test Realm and major version release!

Public Test Realm

The team has been running the latest update through its paces via our internal testing and bug fixing prior to releasing it to all of you on the PTR for more wide-scale extensive testing. We've found the Public Test realm to be highly beneficial for our team thanks to your enthusiasm in helping us to identify issues and bugs.

We're excited to relaunch the PTR next week prior to the update officially launching on our main network. We will keep you posted in regards to the exact date!

Magic Mythos Event

We will be holding a special Magic Mythos Event in tandem with the extended weekend from now until Tuesday. Bonus 3x rates across the ATLAS to EXP, harvesting, taming, gold, crop growth, and as a special bonus, breeding and raising creatures!

We really appreciate your patience and look forward to sharing all our Mega Update has to offer with you!
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May 15

Captain's Log 29: Brief update & PTR Incoming!

Ahoy Pathfinders!

Today's log will just be a brief update on our current status with our upcoming Mega patch touching on where we are!

May Mega Update
The team are currently working on wrapping up the patch for internal review and we expect it to enter our QA process later today. Following that, we'll be hitting it hard and barring any fires, we should be in a good state to get the update released onto our new Public Test Realm soon. This means that we're currently planning for the Public Test Realm to be available around the end of next week. As we get closer to the date, we'll be able to provide you with a more specific timeline. So far it's been smooth sailing, and we're on track for our end of the month release date.

For those who have been away at sea, in our last Captain's Log, we covered our most recent Developer Livestream, as well as spoke about the content that's coming in the latest update. If you've not had a chance to watch the stream, you can do so here for some in-game footage of what's to come:

But for those just after the nitty-gritty details of the patch, here's what you can expect:

  • New Cosmetics: Hydra Steering Wheel, Hydra Hide Armour Set, and Cyclops Heavy Armour Set!
  • New Offensive Structure: Torpedo Launcher (and torpedoes!)
  • New Boat Attachment: Cargo Racks!
  • New Cart Attachment: Large Storage Box!
  • New Tool: Fishing Net!
  • New Ballista Ammo Type: Boat Harpoon
  • New Weapon: Spear Gun!
  • New Creature: Olfend
  • New Creature: Giant Tortugar
  • New Level: Ice Dungeon
  • New Weapon: Crossbow
  • New Structure: 3x4 Medium Gates
  • New Structure: Ice Box - a high-insulation box for transporting ice. Has “active” mode that will drain ice but reduce surrounding temperature (reverse fire). Consumes less ice if “indoors”. Extends spoil time of things inside, but greatly extends the storage time of ice. Also has an option to turn ice into water to consume.
  • New Resource: Ice - Must be harvested from cold zones. Decays relatively quickly if not in “insulated” storage. Can be consumed to reduce temperature for a short duration (15s per ice cube, max of 5 mins). Relatively heavy.
  • New Feature: Company-wide map markers
  • New Feat: Instant Hotbar Equip
  • QOL: Structure Weights now displayed on items
  • QOL: Revamped Skill Tree UI (first pass has already made it in!)
With more still to come!

Latest Patch Notes
Whilst working on the mega patch, we are still continuing to iterate on the live game. These are the updates that the game has seen since our last Captain's Log.

Current Version: v104.56 - Skill UI redesign (first pass, more work to come with it!) - Fixed misalignment with female first person hand view v104.55 - Ending Magic Mythos event on Official Servers - Fixed an exploit with the Guillotine v104.52 - Large Cannons not snapped onto Gunports on Servers using bDontRequireLargeCannonsToSnapOnShips=true will now fire correctly. v104.51 - RMB or Middle Mouse Button will now "drop" a grenade - Grenade physics tweaked slightly be weightier, damage radius increased 15%, and grenade explosions now move with ships properly - Stationed NPC's aside from puckle are now properly melee-damageable - Added server option to allow large cannons to not require snap on ship:  Game.ini ShooterGameMode bDontRequireLargeCannonsToSnapOnShips=true - Fixes for cyclops Cloth boots and Kraken Hat not being rewarded - Switched from Add New Item to Increment Item Quantity for Milk and Wool from Cow and Sheep to prevent being limited to Max Item Quantity if the player had no exiting stacks of the item given. - Increased max amounts at full yield from 60 to 80 for Cow and 100 to 200 for Sheep. - Melee Combat, fixing two bugs related to blocking: Setting traces to use zero instead of complex collision groups on clients so that clients properly see hits Fixing mistaken/unclear orderings for block determination that led to servers failing to correctly identify and pass along a block if the client-based block didn't succeed (such as in the cases where the client couldn't land a hit due to the collision group) - Added a "turn off" option to ballista and catapult - Fixed floating characters on standable tames such as elephants - Fixed a bug where clients would see characters that had been grapple pulled off tame still move with their tames as if they were mounted resulting in a weird flight-like state. - Added option to hide the pause menu's Server Info Panel v104.33 - Fixed an issue with leatherwing's grab - Large cannons should now properly snap to all gunports - Large cannon snaps now require floor/deck underneath - Nature's touch cooldown now has unique icon - Coral item now has correct coal-type item category icon - Reduced Golden Age creature spawns by 60% and increased their respawn interval by a factor of 3 - The extra Water-structure foundation checks now only check against other Water-structures, and do not apply for Settlement Owners - Item Skins are no longer eliminated when Trading v104.2 - Hid the unclaim boat button as it's not ready for public release yet - Fixed an issue where Large Cannons were being destroyed on the destruction of a gunport they were snapped to - When demolishing a non-ship/core type structures on a non-fully-anchored boat, resources will not be returned to you. This will be indicated to you via the demolish HUD. The boat must be fully anchored to get resources back for non-ship/core type structures. v104.14 Balance Changes - Crab can no longer grab crew off stations - Ship claim time reduced by 5x when a ship is unanchored. - Large Cannons can now only be placed in gun ports when on ships. Existing Large Cannons that have been placed on decks or ceilings will not be functional and will need to be demolished.  - Small reduction in Large Cannon damage - One-time doubling of acquired Discovery Points for all previously existing player profiles - Players will now get 2 Discovery Points per regular discovery rather than 1 - Quest Discovery Points have also increased by approximately 2x - Lighthouses will check for nearby enemy players before being able to be successfully placed - Large Gateways, Gates, and Large walls will check for nearby online players before being able to be placed unless on Settlements during peacetime. - Core Structures will check for nearby online players before being able to be placed during Combat Phase on Settlements - Flotsam gold reward gold increased by 20% - Crew Payment Interval doubled (this means that you'll need to pay them less gold) - Shipwreck Gold Reward doubled - Creatures able to be equipped with armour along with Crew are now able to equip gear above common quality. - Any structure that checks for enemy foundations when placed in water now has a 4x enemy foundation check radius (such as pillars and shipyards) - There is now a creature specific cooldown on Nature's Touch QoL Changes - Increased spoil timer on SotD loot. - Reduction in Blizzard Sound Effect volume - Crewmembers will no longer eat Water Jars from the food larder or their inventories - Transferring materials with a filter on now transfers all children types too. For example, filtering HIDE will transfer Leather, Fur, Hair, etc. - Transferring items of a higher than base quality will now automatically go into the hotbar space Bug Fixes -The Accordion song, “A Mockatoo Once Told Me” will now appropriately apply the buff to players in the area - Fix to the movement of elevator when manually operated - Fixed a crash on transition - Submarine now consumes fuel consistently after crossing a world border - Kracken should no longer aggro onto ships/players outside of the barrier - Fixed an issue related to ships transitioning with players when a catapult was used - Fixed a basing issue which could occur when crabs jumped off ships - Fixed an issue caused by opening the feats wheel then pressing “i” which caused the mouse cursor to be placed on screen. - An unraised noose on a ship will no longer cause a player to take damage upon transferring - Fixed an exploit related to harvesting from crop plots - Fixed an issue with crop plots unintentionally being able to be stacked - A player’s bag will no longer spawn above the cave if they die completing the Powerstone quest - Items inside a loot bag will now register the correct weight - Fixed a visual bug related to the cloth Cyclops Helmet skin  - Cannons can no longer be placed right beside another (to address stacking three cannons inside a gun port) - The sextant compass buff will no longer be removed upon logging out - Fixed Hydra Spawn on H6 - Cleaned up levels from Mnt_R_PVE and reworked spawns on Cay_H - Cannonballs will no longer pass through own collision - Gateways and Gates can no longer be placed in Freeports or Golden Age Ruin servers - Alloy will now be correctly detected from a resource repair box Misc - Settlement Owners on our PvE Networks can no longer set rules on building offensive structures - Rectified an inconsistency when painting decks and ceilings on ships - Adjusted the Chest Width slider for females in the character creation screen - Corrected Hide Cyclops Armour name in BP description v103.31 - Fixed another case where items/blueprints could change into Engrams. v103.3 - Fixed another bug which would have caused items/blueprints to change into Engrams. v103.2 - Fixed a bug which would have caused items/blueprints to change into Engrams.

For a full rundown of our patches since launch, check out this thread!

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Check out our PlayATLAS announcement to see the results of our sixth Show 'n Tell contest!

Alrighty, that’s it for this post. Thank you so much for becoming a part of our crew and we can't wait to show all you scallywags, landlubbers, captains, and seadogs what lies ahead!

Happy Sailing,

Grapeshot Games

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About This Game

From the creators of ARK: Survival Evolved comes ATLAS - a massively multiplayer first-and-third-person fantasy pirate adventure. ATLAS will host up to 40,000 players exploring the same Globe simultaneously, with an unprecedented scale of cooperation and conflict! Stake your claim in this endless open world as you conquer territory, construct ships, search for buried treasure, assemble forts, plunder settlements and hire crew to join your powerful growing armada. Start small then expand your spheres of influence from a small island, up to an unstoppable pirate empire that spans across the oceans. Wage battle against enemy fleets as you singlehandedly command large ships of war using the captaining system (or divide up to the responsibilities among your trusted lieutenants), or take control of any weapon directly with your own character. Dive deep into the briny water to explore permanent sunken wrecks and recover salvage, unearth the loot from procedurally-generated Treasure Maps and challenge zones, or complete challenging main questlines. Team up with other aspiring adventurers and sail into the vast ocean to discover new lands rich with region-specific elements, tame exotic natural and mythical creatures, raid forgotten tombs, confront powerful ancient gods and even build and administer your own colonies, cities, and civilizations to dominate the ATLAS in this ultimate quest for fortune and glory!

MMO On the Grandest Scale

Physically sail in real-time across the vast oceans with the proprietary server network technology. Explorers will voyage to over 700 unique landmasses across 45,000 square kilometers, with thousands of Discovery Zones, and ten distinct world regions each having their own unique resources, creatures, secrets, and environment hazards! There is a separate PvE ATLAS for players who don't wish to play any PVP.

Construct the Ship of Your Dreams, Plank by Plank!

Build drydocks and start with a dinghy rowboat, basic raft, tiny sloop or nimble schooner, moving on up to your own versatile brigantine or titanic galleon capable of transporting hundreds of crew and extensive cargo. Name your ship in big bold letters, paint and copy your own pirate flag and custom-place all the pieces of your ship -- which sails and where, planks and gunports, every single structure piece has a physical Weight and Material -- to function exactly how you want.

Captain your Crew!

Recruit real players and AI crew from freeports or rescue seasoned crew from destroyed “Army of the Damned” shipwrecks to man distinct stations on your boat! Set sail and explore the ATLAS with them to gain experience and level up their stats or gear, as well as levelling your Ship. Your crew are versatile! Whether on land, or ship, or even riding behind your animal companions on emplacements, they can man weapons of all kinds-- cannons, swivel guns, siege engines, turrets, and even gigantic mortars, many with dynamically swappable ammo types including grapeshot, chainshot, spikeshot, liquid fire, and more! Instruct them to board enemy ships and help you conquer the seas! Keep their stomachs full and their pockets full of gold lest you want a mutiny in your hands! Take on the Captain’s Wheel or divide up the command responsibilities via Lieutenant Podiums to direct the Ship’s assignable weapon systems, sails, and stations, including standing-orders or manual grouped fire. Or, walk up to any station and take control of it yourself!

Pirate PVP to the Limit

Everything is up for grabs including player’s ships, their crew, their pets, their forts, their land, and their booty. If you can get your hands on it, you can take it. A ship’s permanent logbook tells the tale of their legendary travel, exploits and ownership.

Be the Hero or Villain you were meant to be

MMO-scale character progression systems include, at launch, over 15 Disciplines with over 300 Skills, in a vast unlockable tree. New "Feat" system allows for active and passive bindable character abilities, while new stat-buff system allows innumerable abstract statistics to be modified by Skills, Items, and Armor. And now, everything has scalable stats, including structures, and can be progressively Upgraded!

This is Who You Are

Extensive character visual customization enables an endless range of realistic (and not-so-realistic) characters, with a vast array of sliders, morphs, muscle tones, and tweakable values. You can even per-pixel design your own permanent tattoos (and then draw warpaint on top of that too!). If someone exists in the real world, they should be creatable in ATLAS! Best-in-class dynamic hair growth and real-time aging systems allow you to get old and... pass on your legacy? (Or find a fountain of youth!).

Endless Adventure

Full Quest and Waypoint systems, with sub-quests and rewards, for major goals -- while procedural treasure maps and challenge zones also ensure there's always something new to find out over the horizon.

Intense Action

Tactical melee combat systems with blocks, parries, dodges, character motion, optional shields, stunning and strength-varying strikes, directional attacks, and more for use in either first or third person perspectives. Fists, swords, maces, blackjacks, daggers, and much more give you tremendous options to pick the right weapon for the job. Meanwhile, period-appropriate-weaponry with skill-based active reload systems include flintlock pistols, muskets, blunderbuss, and more -- just be sure to keep your powder dry!

Claim What's Yours

Form a company, claim territory and apply taxation and behavior rules to that which you own: be a benevolent governor, a feudal lord, or a ruthless dictator. Territory ownership is visualized on your dynamic zoomable World Map, with Fog of War obscuring uncharted regions and Shroud of War hiding enemy territories out of sight range. Contest other government's ownership of land, structures, or ships to expand your empire! The top large-scale Spheres of Influence on the Official ATLAS' are visualized in real-time on the PlayATLAS homepage. Design your own custom flag per-pixel to apply to your claims, to be famous (or infamous)!

Creatures Great and Small

More than 50 creatures at launch varying from breedable utilitarian farm animals & shoulder mounted parrots and monkeys that offer unique buffs, all the way to magical mermaids and gigantic sea monsters of legend. Creatures can be found in their logical regions, but take skill and tactics to tame using new mechanics, while also gaining the most benefit and fertility from their natural biomes. Ferry these temperamental creatures across the vast oceans in a virtual Noah's Ark to trade in exotic locales.

Freeports to Meet & Greet

Level-capped starter zones allow you to learn the ropes and meet new players in a safe space before you venture out into the great unknown. Where the wind and destiny takes you beyond that, is up to the gods!

Build Your Empire

Overhauled building systems include automatic foundational elevation adjustment, dynamic tile type swapping, improved snap detection & previewing, integrated plumbing systems, per-pixel-paintable everything, beast-of-burden harness attachments for field-gun and carriages, and much more! Survival systems newly include, among other aspects, Vitamins benefits and deficiencies, with recipe & cooking skills and varying ingredient qualities.

Powerful Mod and Server Functionalities

Want to build a World War II Spitfire? Or a Flying Fortress bomber with fully walkable interior and gun stations, carrying troops loaded with machine guns and rocket launchers? How about a Tank? An Aircraft Carrier to play out the Battle of Midway on an expansive scale? How about an Arcadian Steampunk Airship floating through a cloud-world? These examples and much more are provided with the ATLAS Dev Kit, where you can make effectively create whatever large-scale MMO action game you want to see happen, all supported by the database-driven network technology that powers ATLAS. Unofficial ATLAS' can be of any size and configuration, while a visual map tool lets server hosts layout their own complete custom world of islands, continents, terrain features, spawns, resources, hazards, underwater zones, dynamic weather, biome configurations, ecology, and an infinite number of other configurable features -- all dynamically streamed to the client during gameplay. The possibilities are endless!

Far, Far More

Stay tuned for more details on the extensive features and content of ATLAS. This brief sampling is just the tip of the iceberg (though be sure to watch out for those in the polar regions, as they're extremely dangerous to ship hulls!!).

A Brief History of ATLAS

Long-ago, far above the watery world of ATLAS there once existed a magic-powered “Golden Age”-- where great Empires of the Sky lived at peace alongside magical creatures, flourishing upon floating continents above the clouds, all powered by a magical source of energy known as the Heart of the Goddess, granted by the powerful beings who dwell in the stars beyond. However, a powerful warlord known as Xevos sought to unite the human civilizations over the magickind, and launched a war that broke the Heart into pieces, unleashing a wave of destruction that shattered the floating landmasses and plunged them into the waters below.

Many generations later, as living memory of the “Sundering” has faded into legend and the once-plentiful magical energy has long since dissipated, descendants of the protectors of the Heart of the Goddess -- known as “Pathfinders” -- emerge from their provincial oceanic lives to explore the new continents and islands, and seek out the power they may yet contain. Across the vast new world they’ll encounter hostile creatures, technological remnants of the Golden Age past, and ultimately the undying spirit of Xevos himself and his soulless “Army of the Damned”, still intent on recovering the pieces of the Heart of the Goddess to raise the continents once again under his vision.

If the latest generation of Pathfinders can outwit and outgun Xevos and his legions, and recover the Heart pieces for themselves, they will be faced with the very same choice: whether to attempt to restore the old world, or build a new better one…

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 770 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
    • Storage: 120 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires broadband internet connection for multiplayer

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