ATLAS screenshot of a battle against the hydra and a cyclops

While ARK: Survival Evolved is a pretty fun game these days, its road to success has been a rather bumpy one. So if you were hoping that the studio's latest pirate MMO ATLAS would be spared the same fate, I'm afraid I'll have to disappoint you as ATLAS has launched exactly like its predecessor - full of both problems and potential.

On paper, it is pretty much exactly what people have been asking for - a multiplayer pirate adventure where you can build your own ships, conquer territory, search for buried treasure, as well as fight all sorts of mythological creatures and monsters from the deep. While all of that is indeed present in the current version of ATLAS, even a single glance at the Steam reviews should tell you that most of it is unfortunately plagued by a variety of problems, both technical and otherwise.

So much like the early version of ARK: Survival Evolved, my advice would be to stay away for the time being and just keep an eye on ATLAS' development moving forward. ATLAS does have some genuine potential behind it, and the idea of a pirate MMO is pretty darn enticing, but it's just not worth getting into it right now. After all, there's no reason to spoil your experience by playing the Early Access version when you can simply come back in a couple of months and play a much more polished game instead.

You can learn more about ATLAS, as well as potentially grab yourself a copy, by visiting Steam or the official website. And just for good measure, allow me to leave you with the most recent trailer. Enjoy!