Pirate adventure 'Atlas' joins Xbox Game Preview in October, supports cross-play

What you need to know

  • Atlas is an open-world multiplayer game from the creators of Ark: Survival Evolved.
  • It's joining Xbox Game Preview on October 8.
  • The game will support cross-play and feature mouse and keyboard support at launch.
  • The console and PC versions will be updated at the same time so no one gets left behind.

At The Game Awards 2018, the developers behind Ark: Survival Evolved announced Atlas, a Sea of Thieves-like pirate game, but one that combines a lot of different mythologies. You'll face off against giant hydras as well as deadly whales as you explore the various islands in the open world. Let's hope that it runs better than Ark: Survival Evolved because even after all these years, it's broken on Xbox One and Xbox One X.

According to the team, Atlas is nearly 1,200 times bigger than Ark: Survival Evolved and will support up to 40,000 players simultaneously. Those certainly aren't numbers to scoff at, but we'll need to wait and see if the studio can deliver on that promise. If you can't wait to get your hands on the game on Xbox One, you'll be happy to know that it's coming to Xbox Game Preview on October 8.

The title will support cross-play and include mouse and keyboard support. This means that players on PC can play with players on consoles. Hopefully, there will be a 60 frames per second mode to take advantage of the mouse input method. If you utilize a slow frame rate, using a mouse becomes quite cumbersome due to input lag.

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5 Comments
  • I don't like the looks of this. Seems rushed and mediocre. Also it basically borrows every idea from Sea of Thieves. It's like Homer's car version of SoT. Pterodactyl mounts? Glow in the dark kraken? Yeah, I'll be happy to pass. For those who can't tell the difference between this and a classy, well-crafted experience like SoT, enjoy it if you can.
  • It's hardly rushed, it launched on PC a while ago. Like anything the buzz faded away but it's not the quick cut and paste rip off you're claiming it is.
  • Doesn't look neither original in its mechanics nor compelling to me, and to be honest the graphics don't seem to be up to AAA standard.
    Most elements of actual game play shown in the trailer are exactly the same as in SoT. And I think someone could come up with a different way of doing the same things, let alone think of different mechanics. The scene with the treasure map in hand, digging for the chest in first person, having a bucket that seems exactly like the one in SoT, everything screams to me like they didn't stop to create their own thing.
    The whole vibe definitely seems to be "Sea of Thieves for people who don't like Sea of Thieves". And with everythingand the kitchen sink thrown into it. Definitely not for me, but I don't feel like it's going to be a fun game to play.
  • How else would you expect them to handle pailing water and looking for buried treasure? it's not like Sea of Thieves invented those concepts. Not to mention the trailer shows a swinging hook, castle sieges, submarine adventures, cities and more. none of which is even remotely hinted at in Sea of Thieves. To me it looks like "Sea of Thieves for people who like Sea of Thieves, but also like having meaningful combat scenarios and a World that actually feels like it's a living and breathing thing". Don't get me wrong, Sea of Thieves is fun, but only with people (imo), and only because you create your own stories, this game seems more like it would provide at least some kind of narrative and events for you so it could be much more enjoyable playing solo. Also if even a quarter of those player numbers is correct it will be significantly more populated than Sea of Thieves, which feels kinda dead at times.
  • The scene with the treasure map in hand, digging for the chest in first person, having a bucket that seems exactly like the one in SoT, everything screams to me like they didn't stop to create their own thing.
    Definitely not for me, but I don't feel like it's going to be a fun game to play.
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