atlas reactor

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that Atlas Reactor only had about 50,000 owners on Steam, according to Steam Spy. Those were actually the stats of the Atlas Reactor VR character viewer, not the game itself, which Steam Spy reports as having about 500,000 owners as of Jan. 23. The information has been corrected in the article.

Atlas Reactor was free-to-play. Then it was buy-to-play. Then it was buy-to-play with a not-great free-to-play option. And later this month, it will be “fully free-to-play,” according to Executive Producer Peter Ju. This game has more final forms than a Dragon Ball Z character.

According to Ju’s producer’s letter on the Atlas Reactor website, the Season 2 patch on Jan. 17 will make it possible for players to earn freelancers through gameplay. You can still pay the full purchase price, starting at $29.99, to gain access to all freelancers, and players who purchase the game before Jan. 17 will get “a special thank-you package.” Season 2 also adds a new freelancer, new rewards, and a new game mode that will be open to both paid and free players.

Ju says that being able to earn freelancers was players’ “number one request post-launch,” and it’s something I considered a deal-breaker in my initial review of the game’s F2P potential. I also groused about the weird time gate on being able to open reward boxes, which Trion Worlds also addressed shortly after launch.

So I have to give Trion positive points for realizing it had poor systems in place and correcting them. Of course, this F2P iteration is basically the game Trion had during beta and felt the need to twist in all sorts of different directions, so maybe it should have just left well enough alone from the start.

Then again, these changes might be a matter of necessity. According to Steam Spy, Atlas Reactor only has about 500,000 owners (with very little change since the F2P move has been announced). By comparison, Devilian has around 400,000, and all other Trion Worlds games number in the millions. Obviously, Steam doesn’t cover everything, since you can download Trion’s games via its own launcher, and Atlas Reactor hasn’t been out for as long as the other games, but it’s not exactly lighting the world on fire.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Sighs on January 11, 2017

    F2P MMO milking at it’s finest.

  2. Subpar writers per usual on January 10, 2017

    (After the change to F2P->B2P) Saying they where Free-2-Play is ignorant. They where pretty open with the fact that it was buy-2-play with a trial. Whetever that was good or not, that is another question.

  3. Deathloche on January 9, 2017

    They should have done this from the beginning

    • asdf on January 10, 2017

      Where is the milk in that?

  4. asdf on January 9, 2017

    Heh..knew they were gonna milk the stupid ones then going f2p.
    A more manner comment: It’s a nice game,maybe now more people will join.

  5. Risea on January 9, 2017

    Do a good game with a good F2P model i have played the beta and find the game amazing, then do everything wrong before even releasing the game now i just have 0 interest in playing this again, Trion Worlds is just full of retardeds executives

    • Greyradish on January 11, 2017

      I felt the same way. Would have played this after beta if they didn’t change.

    • Sighs on January 11, 2017

      Same the problem is trion worlds doesn’t learn from their stupid mistakes which is costing them players and they refuse to unsub me from their newsletters I still keep getting newsletters about atlas reactor and all their other games that I don’t want and pretty mad about it, Likely gonna have to change emails even though I don’t want to.

  6. Hellsworth on January 9, 2017

    You should be able to sue companies for moves like these…. Either you are B2P and you don’t need a cash shop or you have a cash shop and you’re F2P. These things are just uphauling and the income generated feels something like “Stealing candy from babies!”, either that OR they should warn people “Guys, 1st 3 months we’re B2P with Cash Shop and we are going F2P on the !”, because this way I’m sure some people will feel they’ve been conned and it also reveals how the developers and publishers look at their player base! So, next comes the famous “Trion is shit!” which is long due in these matters at any time!

  7. Urs00 on January 9, 2017

    I said here already and will say it again, their b2p move was just to take advantage of the b2p trend that was happening at that time (and apparently is dying already),many companies decided to take advantage of the “p2w sentiment” that was happening in the west to sell a b2p with the same f2p cash shop, claiming b2p cash shop is not abusive
    And I also said that all those “b2p” games would be b2p for a couple of months and transition back to f2p, because b2p is profitable only at the beginning, when people see what the actual game is and the sales drop, the “f2p transition” happens
    People are finally realizing this, that all those b2p are coming with the same cash shop, the trend is already dying and now they need to cut their losses
    Trion published f2p before this game, they know how to do cosmetics and non-p2w consumables, they know those things sell… and they knew this was a niche game, they deserve no praise for this move, only an “I told you so”

    • hovsep on January 9, 2017

      finnaly someone who doesn’t follow the b2p sheep blindly

    • x on January 9, 2017

      pretty much, it wasn’t selling at all past the naive people that bought it at the start so now time to milk the f2p crowd, give it a few months and they will start adding some controversial cash shop items because I honestly doubt its gonna get any bigger playerbase even when f2p (all it got during steam free weekend was like 2k players at peak which is just abysmall for being advertised at the front page). Game is too niche, and Trion made so much stink over the years, just their logo under it is enough for a lot of people to avoid it.

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