Grapeshot Games dropped a new map for Atlas players to enjoy as the Maelstrom Map kicks off Season Four within the game. The update kicked in last night of both PC and Xbox One players, as this map is now replacing the original Atlas. The Maelstrom map is smaller in size to intensify exploration for the players while making it easier to find collaborators or foes in short order. In other words, they went out of their way to make sure you were able to find people and not have to spend hours on the server looking for other pirates. Because anyone who has spent a day in the game can attest that sometimes finding another ship is an adventure unto itself. You can read more about the update, as well as a special sale they're holding during Steam Summer Sale below, along with the trailer showing off the new map.
The Maelstrom Map is a richer gameplay experience designed in a circular pattern with higher difficulty, more lawless waters in the middle (beware the Kraken!) and safer refuge with additional resources around the world edges for pirates just beginning to level up. Supplies are spread out around the globe to encourage farther world travel – no more homebodies, players must venture out to find all their necessary resources.
This is just the first step in a greater plan to shift gameplay from the land out onto the open seas, driving more interaction between players – both competitive and cooperative! Grapeshot Games has plans for regular content updates to the pirate MMO that will bring joy and piracy back to the lawless waters, with schemes for Trade Winds, Farms, Warehouses, and more! ATLAS is currently on-sale during the Steam Summer Sale for $9.89 (67% off)!