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'ATLAS' Is Turning Out To Be One Of The Most Fumbled Launches In Video Game History




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It debuted at The Game Awards just two weeks ago, ATLAS, a new survival pirate MMO from the creators of ARK, which would feature 40,000 players on a server and immediately drew comparisons as "what Sea of ​​Thieves should have been."

The game went from announcement to "ready to launch" in early access in about a week, But despite an original release date of December 1

1, we are three days before Christmas and the game has been delayed about four times since.

While we are experiencing problematic game launches in the past with servers overloading and what is not been happening here with ATLAS has been a new level of incompetence I haven't seen before.

 

Twitch livestream has been worse than the Twitch livestream on December 19 which had tens of thousands of viewers watching and countdown hours to launch only to have… nothing happen for an hour after

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Today, they are still trying to get this thing online some way, some how. Reportedly the first rollout is going to be a "special branch" of the game just for content creators which will not save their progress, which has not many content creators terribly enthusiastic about that prospect. It was supposed to go live yesterday, but here we are this morning to a new tweet that the "build" is still working on and should be ready in five hours. Hopefully. Maybe. Who knows, really?

Video games are delayed in this industry all the time, but the difference here is that not only has ATLAS been delayed multiple times in two weeks it's often being delayed after the window it was supposed to be live. At this point, many fans are literally just counting the team to go home for Christmas, announce that it will be delayed for several weeks or so, and try again later.

This current set-up of announcing dates and times only to change them at the last second or even after the game was supposed to go live. Past ARK players are collectively saying that we should have expected this from a developer who has run into these kinds of problems before, but outside observers this seems extremely unusual, and whatever momentum this game had come out of The Game Awards has been severely curtailed by this botched attempt to launch. An early access launch, no less

The current ATLAS home page, still promising release yesterday ATLAS

I agree that the ATLAS teams should just call it a day and go home for the holiday and try to black this out again later. At this rate they're going to launch this thing on Christmas Eve after six more delays and this current process is doing nothing but continuing to harm the game. Stop announcing dates and times, figure out internally what is going to take to actually get this thing online, and come back in 2019 and get it done.

Update : It appears the " content creator only " private server has gone live.

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It debuted at The Game Awards just two weeks ago, ATLAS, a new survival pirate MMO from the creators of ARK, which would feature 40,000 players on a server and immediately drew comparisons as "what Sea of ​​Thieves should have been. ”

The game went from announcement to" ready to launch "in early access in about a week, but despite an original release date of December 11, here we are three days before Christmas and the game has been delayed about four times since.

While we have seen problematic game launches in the past with servers overloading and what not happening here with ATLAS has been a new level of incompetence I haven't seen before.

Among all the delays there have been, none has been worse than the Twitch livestream on December 19 which had tens of thousands of viewers watching and countdown hours to launch only to have… nothing happen for an hour after the clock hit zero, and then to have the dev eloper come out and say the game was delayed.

Today, they are still trying to get this thing online some way, some how. Reportedly the first rollout is going to be a "special branch" of the game just for content creators which will not save their progress, which has not many content creators terribly enthusiastic about that prospect. It was supposed to go live yesterday, but here we are this morning to a new tweet that the "build" is still working on and should be ready in five hours. Hopefully. Maybe. Who knows, really?

Video games are delayed in this industry all the time, but the difference here is that not only has ATLAS been delayed multiple times in two weeks it's often being delayed after the window it was supposed to be live. At this point, many fans are literally just counting the team to go home for Christmas, announce that it will be delayed for several weeks or so, and try again later.

This current set-up of announcing dates and times only to change them at the last second or even after the game was supposed to go live. Past ARK players are collectively saying that we should have expected this from a developer who has run into these kinds of problems before, but outside observers this seems extremely unusual, and whatever momentum this game had come out of The Game Awards has been severely curtailed by this botched attempt to launch. An early access launch, no less

ATLAS home page, still promising release yesterday ATLAS

I agree that the ATLAS teams should just call it a day and go home for the holiday and try to black this out again later. At this rate they're going to launch this thing on Christmas Eve after six more delays and this current process is doing nothing but continuing to harm the game. Stop announcing dates and times, figure out internally what is going to take to actually get this thing online, and come back in 2019 and get it done.

Update : It appears the "content creator only" private server has gone live

Follow me on Twitter Facebook and Instagram. Read my new sci-fi thriller novel Herokiller, available now in print and online. I also wrote The Earthborn Trilogy.


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