I really like survival sandboxes. They provide me that digital world expertise I’m lacking from most MMOs. And I can construct! So, why gained’t I contact Atlas, the current pirate-filled addition to style? It’s not as a result of I’m afraid I would really like the sport; with just one exception, I’ve discovered one thing constructive in each recreation I’ve been in. And having already extensively performed ARK: Survival Advanced, whose methods have been shanghaied for Atlas, I do know there’s a lot I might have loved. However I gained’t. I simply can’t. It’s a private determination.
I’m so annoyed with Studio WildCard/Grapeshot that I bodily gained’t help them financially. I can’t do it anymore. I wouldn’t even hold streaming or enjoying ARK any longer besides that I’ve a crew of nice those that I take pleasure in being with on the server I host, and I keep for them, to offer them a spot they need to play. They’re value it. Make no mistake although, if I might speak all of them into discovering a greater survival house with me, I completely would go for it (and I’ve began the wheels turning on that already)!
What makes me so burned out on a studio that although I really like survival video games I’ve sworn off of it and gained’t contact a single future factor its devs ever produce? It’s not one factor. It’s the end result.
A vote of no confidence
Again in early 2017 I wrote concerning the sorry state of ARK: how the sport that was the darling and king of early entry was squandering its fame and its followers by way of seemingly unsavory selections and practices. What you won’t know is that was truly my second try at that article, a tamer one. The primary was far more, let’s assume, blunt. Principally, the issue as I noticed it was how Studio Wildcard seemed to be throwing each little bit of decency, integrity, and goodwill out the window and morphing into one thing seamy. Not simply morphing, both, however actively embracing that disreputable nature. And that impression has solely solidified through the years.
Since then, I’ve adopted — and written about — the continued slide into what now simply looks like sleaze. Taken individually, every occasion of WildCard’s conduct might virtually appear justifiable. Virtually. Nevertheless, once you add the months and years of them atop one another, how are you going to come away with something aside from the studio has no regard for its gamers and is just making an attempt to wring them dry, toss them apart, then yank in new ones to dampen as properly?
For those who’ve not adopted the studio’s antics through the years, right here’s a small abstract. You’ve obtained quite a few situations of Studio WildCard disrespecting its gamers, from creating and releasing a paid enlargement earlier than the bottom recreation was even launched to outright insults and public name-calling of gamers. (I used to be even informed throughout an interview that anybody with optimization troubles simply had rubbish computer systems!) Promised upgrades for ARK itself wouldn’t materialize for years, if in any respect (simply take a look at the S+ integration mess), however work on a paid expansions and even sequels — that in fact you needed to pay for — did.
Wait, there’s extra. The studio additionally appears to have completely no drawback bending and even disregarding fact, beginning with the now well-litigated lie that co-founder Jeremy Stieglitz was not engaged on ARK when the truth is he was a key dev (thereby breaking his authorized contract with one other firm), and shifting all the best way to the obvious dishonesty within the declare that the studio was engaged on ARK moderately than ARK’s sequel (which we have been assured was the case proper till the announcement of Atlas proved in any other case). And keep in mind when Stieglitz stated he felt a “ethical obligation” to interrupt his contract to make ARK? For my part we will additionally toss within the unusual silence about being purchased by Snail Video games and the try and deflect WildCard’s well-earned dangerous popularity away from Atlas by renaming to Grapeshot right here, too.
In so many various methods the studio has informed veteran gamers it simply doesn’t care about them. Two examples: not wiping when main exploits have been found and leaving the exploiters with ill-gotten items, and never wiping when an enormous bug destroyed complete bases and days of labor for large numbers of gamers as a result of it will disrupt the hours of progress made by those that possible profited from it. Talking of bugs, the studio has nonetheless not fastened years-old exploits that spoil play, however was fast to ban somebody who pointed some out. And even when probably mandatory modifications have been made, they have been delivered with snark and/or an adversarial tone. Why would anybody have religion or belief on this firm?
Present me the cash or GTFO
Has anybody else gotten the sensation that Studio WildCard is principally telling followers to point out it the cash or get misplaced? As a result of that’s how I really feel. From devs saying gamers are cheapskates to ditching obligations to offer promised product in an effort to current new purchasable content material, every part this studio does seems like a “cash first!” slap within the face.
A really current and blatant instance of this to me is the entire S+ Integration factor. We have been advised we couldn’t have S+ till after Extinction (when devs obtained extra money). Wait, no, we couldn’t have in any respect till after Atlas occurs. Wait, if we actually need to expertise S+, we have to truly transfer over to Atlas the place it’s been built-in higher. Oh, and all these enhancements WildCard discovered and developed? These are in Atlas and never ARK, so come purchase the brand new recreation to expertise them. They gained’t ever be in ARK. The truth is, it appears and seems like poor ARK, regardless of nonetheless having many bugs and unfinished enterprise, has been successfully tossed apart for the brand new shiny that brings in additional cash from people who simply don’t know higher.
Haven’t discovered their lesson
A little bit of irony concerning the transfer to Atlas. Wasn’t the entire level of Atlas that devs discovered from errors and such with ARK and have been creating a greater recreation? As a result of frankly, I haven’t seen something resembling that studying. Until you rely studying easy methods to bilk clients extra. The bugs, the exploits, the cavalier dev angle — it’s all nonetheless there, simply with a pirate theme. It boggles me that each one these ARK gamers who purchased into the Atlas hype proclaiming that certainly it will be higher this time are shocked that it isn’t.
Do you assume they’ve discovered but? That reply is, no. The newest facepalm the studio has initiated is courtesy of this week’s Mega-Replace 1.5 that simply went stay Thursday. Simply hours forward of this launch on Wednesday night time Grapeshot put out the announcement of all of the issues that can be within the mega replace. The complete wipe is simply to be anticipated in an early entry recreation that’s present process main improvement modifications, in order that isn’t as eyebrow-raising, even whether it is annoying. What has present gamers irked is the next little tidbit:
“For this relaunch, we’ll be spooling up the next networks, utterly recent with no pre-existing knowledge:
Colonies: EU and NA Networks
PVE: EU Community
Empires: NA Community”
See something amiss there? There isn’t any European community for the full-on PvP Empires community, nor a North American PvE community launching with the others. Oh, however don’t fear, we’re advised the PvE one will present up in a “few weeks” or so.
“We’re presently within the midst of establishing hardware and anticipate that we’ll have the ability to deploy a further NA PvE community in a few weeks time.”
So, principally the studio didn’t put together hardware for a serious mode for 2 whole areas. Why? Did the thought of individuals eager to PvE in NA simply barely happen to devs? Why was this infrastructure not in place concurrently the others? Now you will have NA gamers ticked that they haven’t any choice for weeks aside from dangerous pings on EU and the potential for having to start out over but once more, and EU people ticked that their server can be flooded by NA individuals who might or might not stay. Each side have each proper to be upset: If the NA people don’t keep, the whole lot they’ve inbuilt that point can be deserted they usually might want to begin over, however the EU properties gained’t develop into eligible to be reclaimed by EU people for fairly a while. And If NA people do keep, the NA server could also be underpopulated.
After which take a look at the PvPers. There are not any plans to supply the EU an Empires community. If gamers are from the EU and need to be on the large no-limits community, they’re pressured to cope with the ping and lag problems with enjoying in a community throughout the pond. As a result of that’s actually useful in a free-for-all PvP state of affairs.
No Atlas for me
So no, I can’t be shopping for Atlas or enjoying it in any method. I’ve an excellent good friend who plans to purchase it once more (he already refunded it as soon as) if/when personal servers grow to be out there. Nevertheless, I’ve informed him I can’t be a part of him. For me, it’s a matter of precept. Again in November 2017, I ended an entry of The Survivalist by saying,
Am I completed with ARK? I can inform you I can’t be shopping for any sequel. Will I nonetheless play these variations I’ve purchased, even people who aren’t out but? I’m not positive at this second. I can nonetheless play offline and on my servers with associates, and I can’t ignore that streaming is part of my job. However I’m contemplating not giving that sort of help both.
I already knew I wouldn’t purchase or play the sequel, years earlier than the studio additional tainted itself. I gained’t even play Atlas for work. I’ve performed many a recreation I didn’t notably need to for the job, however I did have to attract the road at this one for precept’s sake. I simply can’t do it. At this level, my enjoying of ARK has dwindled to subsequent to nothing, and I get to nix nearly all of any streams as nicely. It’s a disgrace, too, as a result of ARK is a neat recreation. And I’m positive Atlas could possibly be enjoyable. Too dangerous the thought wasn’t born to a extra worthy studio.