When the trailer of ATLAS debuted at The Game Awards in early December, players lost their thoughts. Grape game, known for the dinosaur's fish simulator ARK: Survival Evolved dropped the trailer out of nowhere. It dreamed epic sea fight, fights with mythical animals and that kind of pirate experience gamer has just dreamed of. Sea of Thieves promised to let players feel like Jack Sparrow on the open sea, and instead delivered a monotonous experience without any generous charm.
ATLAS went off to a rocky start, with the grape harvest pushing its launch back several times; It is generally a sign of trouble. When the fight was finally released to players willing to fork over $ 24.99, they were again disappointed. The player's customization was limited, although you could make random body parts larger to look like a haemonculus. Glitches and bugs were everywhere, with monsters phasing out of the environment or being impossible to kill.
The epic battles promised in the trailer were nothing to see, replaced by a bare-bone version of a sea-inspired ARK . In fact, players found that by pressing different buttons on the menu, they could access a ARK menu screen that mentions a "sea" chipset. This led to rumors online that ATLAS was to be an expansion pack for ARK but was repurposed in its own game.
Steam users who bought the game can get a refund, even if they have been playing for more than two hours. Reddit user Corrupt3dz sent a ticket to Valve, and after a few automated denials, he managed to find a customer support representative willing to return the money. It is unclear whether other users could receive refunds, but the Reddit community massively encouraged the post.
Is ATLAS Dead?
If you read the comments of reddit and disagreement, you think ATLAS was a big mistake. With glitches, poor company communication and one of the most disappointing launches since No Man's Sky it's no wonder this is the community's impression. The pirate adventure was in the Steam top 10 charts the first few days but has now disappeared from the chart. Steam reviews are overwhelmingly negative, with players shouting for how they fell for the hype.
There are still many players exploring the world ATLAS . According to SteamCharts, there are over 48,000 users logged into the game, with an average of about 36,000 since launch. For a game that has been panned by critics and vocal redditors, there are still many people playing the game. The game is in Early Access, a concept thrown around by developers who plan to release an unfinished product. Those who bought themselves expected to see errors and problems, while the internet players saw a chance to rip each other a bit.
On Twitch, streamers have played ATLAS non-stop. For a short period after the launch, it was the most watched game on the platform, but is now number four. Big content creators like Shroud and Forsen have played the game to their tens of thousands of viewers, making it even more popular. They can enjoy it because it's janky and hard to understand, but they still play it. The cut of Forsen that handles stream snipers (which will not really continue to play) has shot up to the top of LivestreamFail's subreddit, giving the game even more coverage.
ATLAS had a rocky launch, but there is no way you can say that the game is dead. The game does not live up to the pirate dream dream of sailing the seven seas, but it is still a core base that has not yet given up.