Pirate themed open world sandbox Atlas has not had the best of launches. Since its announcement and launch in late 2018, the game has been plagued with issues. Developers Grapeshot Games are working to amend things however, with Update 1.5 which launched today. Here’s everything you need to know about the update.
Three Month’s Worth Of Updates
Update 1.5 is a revised vision of the pirate survival MMO, after a three month culmination of intensely focused development to improve core game mechanics. The Atlas map is now expanded with 40% more land and exotic regions to explore and claim within the new “Colonies” game mode. “Colonies” takes place on a fresh network, and is designed with progress-protecting and offline-raiding rules to facilitate a cooperative atmosphere, geared towards smaller and more casual groups. This massive content and QOL update also delivers deep sea “Super Trenches,” eight new mission questlines, a Submarine vehicle, procedurally-generated Shipwrecks, new weapons, cosmetics and more
Colonies System Redesign
In “Colonies,” hosted on a fresh new network, players claim “Island Settlements” where they can set customized PvP hours to have the much-coveted “offline raid protection.” Anyone can build – with specialized rules – on other settlers’ islands, and players benefit from cooperating with other settlers within an island to reduce its “upkeep” cost. They can rename the island to their liking, while declaring war on other islands if they want to go on the offense. The originally launched open-PvP mode is now known as “Empires,” whereas PvE will be a modified version of Colonies.
New Deep Ocean Trench Environment and Submarine
A new area to explore, guarded by powerful underwater creatures and home to the Giant Crab! The Giant Crab can carry heavy loads, along with players, tames and wild creatures. The Submarine vehicle on the other hand, allows pirates explore the depths of the ocean. The small scouting submarine has claw arms to help harvest the ocean floor and explore (or demolish!) player shipwrecks – comes equipped with a harpoon that will ramp up oceanic combat.
New Missions and Quests
In addition to the good stuff above, the game also now has a new Mainline Quest. Players are tasked with gathering nine valuable trench stones before gathering allies and defeating the hard mode Kraken for riches. Moreover, there’s seven additional Quests that upon successful completion, unlock their own unique skill for players to use. These make up the basis of the game’s linear style PvE, but as with anything in Atlas you can bring friends, and beware of other players lurking nearby.
Procedurally Generated Shipwrecks
Players can explore these abandoned vessels for items and blueprints to bolster their crafting arsenal. Discover these ships by either diving deep into the ocean, looking out for their visual indicator on the surface of the water, or successfully completing the sextant mini-game which will point you in the right direction.
There’s a ton more coming with Update 1.5, and below are a few key highlights:
- Player Shops: Players can set up automated shops, listing loot for sale and naming their price!
- New Cosmetics: Hook hands, Peg Legs and multiple Armor Sets to customize the look of your company and crew! Also, new Ship cosmetics!
- ‘Human Catapult’ Mechanic: Deploy characters into battle by launching them into the air!
- Guillotine: Hanging your foes in a noose taking too long? Off with their heads!
- A new secure person-to-person trading system
- Explosive Barrels can now be carried by hand, thrown overboard to sink and give a “Depth Charge” when colliding with anything underwater.
- “Snow” weather system for both Polar and Tundra cold regions.
- The beautiful Aurora Borealis light now displays in specific regions – see it and grab a harvesting bonus!