The post begins by thanking players for their support for ATLAS over the last several months, “Over the course of ATLAS’ development, our recent review scores on Steam have jumped considerably. We just wanted to express our thanks and show our gratitude for your support. We know that our work is far from over and that ATLAS still has a long journey ahead.”
The first impending update is Wild Pirate Encampments, which will be released for single-player, non-dedicated multiplayer, unofficial dedicated servers, and, “potentially expanded onto the Official Networks in the future.”
According to the post, Wild Pirate Encampments are, “collections of enemy NPC characters, defensive fleets, and fortifications which inhabit claimable islands. They have varying weapons (melee and ranged), defenses (various cannons/turret types), and live in pre-built forts. They’ll also have AI ships representing all 4 classes (Sloop through to Galleon) patrolling the shoreline of their islands. The placement of Encampments will be randomized along the islands, and they can also include inland encampments without ships. You’ll have to explore an island to discover all the encampments which inhabit it, and the number can vary based on the island size, with larger islands having bigger and more Encampments. Each region will also have a WPE Level visible to players, some being higher than others resulting in better loot but a more challenging task.”
Players will have the option to completely disable Wild Pirate Encampments entirely if they wish via the Host Settings UI.
Non-Dedicated Multiplayer is also coming to the game and will, “facilitate playing as a client whilst also hosting the server at the same time. It will allow up to 8 players to play simultaneously on the server. Similarly to Single player, the host will be able to make use of the host settings UI to adjust server settings to your group’s needs, as well as additional enhancements in your .ini files.”
Non-Dedicated Multiplayer is scheduled to release this week, with Wild Pirate Encampments hitting beta later this month. For full patch notes and additional details, check out the Captain’s Log here.