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ATLAS

From the sister studio of Wildcard, makers of ARK: Survival Evolved...
ATLAS: The ultimate survival MMO of unprecedented scale with 40,000+ simultaneous players in the same world. Join an endless adventure of piracy & sailing, exploration & combat, roleplaying & progression, settlement & civilization-building, in one of the largest game worlds ever! Explore, Build, Conquer!
https://store.steampowered.com/app/834910/ATLAS/
Early access, Thursday, December 13th  (Update:  delayed release to December 19th)
 

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Kenshi 1.0 Released

It is generally a rarity that finds a single player game a feature of CotP articles, however, over recent months this game has entered my personal top five games of all-time and has passed my hourly steam totals for Mount & Blade, Fallout 4 and Skyrim in the process.  What the....yeah, I know.
So many titles over the years have claimed that it allows its players to "win" the game "their way" in an "open sandbox" environment.  Well, we cannot get the time back that we spent realizing that those developers were still significantly limited in the scope of what any individual's personal definition of in-game "freedom" actually means.  For me, M&B and SWG came close.  Unfortunately, both those games (or their EMU reboot) are either approaching or have surpassed the ten year mark of their seemingly eternal impending latest release. Enter Kenshi.
Freedom is a fun word in Kenshi...yes, you have the freedom to stay solo, group up with a squad, make a vegetable farm, join a faction, enslave a faction, slay the champion, be the richest hermit, recruit an army of robots or build the great city....blah blah, boring.  Now, the freedom to fail in the most unique form possible...that is the true gem in this game.  I will give you just the one example:
My squad is epic, I will tame the badlands and establish a civilized trading outpost...plan = awesome.  Headed for the abandoned fishing outpost.  Acid rain, not fun...put up tent, survived.  Reached fishing village, it is not a fishing village.  Really freaky "skin" people pour out of all the village buildings.  We put up a good fight but were overwhelmed.  One by one, my squad members were....stolen.  Knocked out, picked up and taken to some of the village huts.  What is going on here?  Then the screams.  Agonizing screams from my captured squad members.  No idea.  I am the last one to go down.  KO'd, picked up, taken to a nearby hut....
I died from blood loss.....after I was put into a grinder that peeled my skin off.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/233860/Kenshi/
 
WHAT IS KENSHI?
Kenshi is a single player sandbox PC game set in a vast and atmospheric ‘Sword-Punk’ style open world. With a mix of RPG elements, squad-based control and city-building features, gameplay is completely free-roaming and open: enjoy the freedom and potential to do whatever you want.
Set in an unrelenting world of bloodthirsty cannibals, starving bandits, brutal slavers and wild beasts, survival alone is a grueling struggle… You are not the chosen one. You’re not great and powerful. You don’t have more ‘hitpoints’ than everyone else. You are not the center of the universe, and you are not special. Unless you work for it.
Character Customization 
Edit your characters, build up their strengths and watch them endure and grow. Train Your Skills in Robotics, Thievery, Engineering, Medicine, Weapon Smithing and more!
Squad-Based Control
Play with one character or control a whole team; an army, even. Combat is Real-Time Strategy style with a choice of ranged and melee fighting styles
Build Your Base
Create and run your own city, manage an empire or simply wander the lands as a lone drifter. Research upgrades such as industry tech, weaponry crafting and trade goods
Wounds Affect Gameplay
Complex medical system where injured characters limp, crawl, bleed to death or pass out from starvation. Stem blood loss to avoid predators and replace lost limbs with robotic prosthetics
Open-ended Gameplay
An original sandbox world. Lay siege as a warlord or make your riches as a trader… There are endless game style possibilities and the world will never stop moving
Train hard
There is no level-scaling, the world does not level up along with you. At the start of the game almost everyone will be stronger than you and you’ll have to use your cunning to survive
Survive
Escape capture from deadly slavers & cannibal prisons, rescue your squad mates from grisly death and get them all home alive
Start A Faction
Keep to yourself, form an alliance or oppose other factions and territories of the world… good or bad
 
https://lofigames.com/road-map/
 


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Drayvn ARK cluster updated with Extinction

The ARK: Extinction map has been added to Drayvn's Server Cluster.
The Goal:
Link multiple maps on one server so that players can truly enjoy everything the game offers. You can live on the Island and still explore the dungeons on Extinction while using the dragon you got from scorched and the spelunking tools you got from Aberration.
Note: This is a private server cluster created by Drayvn and is open to COTP members who are able to conduct themselves in a mature manner.  
Note II:  These servers are not modded in order to provide some difficulty to those who can handle it.
Maps currently in cluster:
The Island Scorched Earth Aberration Extinction Server Names:
Pheah Islands Pheah Scorched Pheah Aberration Pheah Extinction Forum Group Link: 
 
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Fallout 76 is Live

Fallout 76 is live right now. It wasn’t supposed to go live until midnight last night but it’s arrived early so a few of us started our journey through Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic MMORPG yesterday.
So far, it is playing more like a Fallout 4 co-op with a new ((much larger) map than the pvp mayhem some were expecting.
I did run into a few brave souls who wanted to tangle early on, but not much came of it as there are protocols that keep open pvp from being too deadly until after you reach level 5.
I crashed twice in 10 hours, and my 4 yr old system held up nicely on ultra graphics (I7 - RX 480 - 32GB Ram).
The base building is unique and interesting.  Pieces snap much more smoothly than I remember in FO4.  If you find a unique plan (blueprint) like a crafting station or furniture, you can help your team out by building it for them on their camp (base) and they'll get to keep it, even if they move their base around.
The S.P.E.C.I.A.L system has been revamped with cards you can use to customize your characters perks and abilities, e.g. Guild Wars.  I didn't see it as a minus or plus, just something new to figure out and maximize for the way I play the game.
The difficulty was typical of Fallout games, where it can be a challenge for moderate gamers and daunting for casual gamers new to the Fallout franchise.
Good times are always best shared, and this game is no exception....running around with a team is much more enjoyable, however the game does not diminish whatsoever when it comes to making progress solo.
So far, it has my endorsement.
Join us in discord https://discord.gg/ar8NGD or on the forums
 

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New Ark Expansion!

If you haven't already seen it, the new Ark expansion was released yesterday.  The new expansion, "Extinction", takes the players back to Earth to find a ravaged homeworld with all sorts of new creatures and challenges.  It seems like they've taken some popular mod content and created some massive "Titans" that function as world bosses throughout the new map. 
The new launch trailer: 
 
COTP does not have an "official" server right now.  Currently Cecil and I run a private server for any COTP members that want to join.  Hit me up via PM if you would like to give it a try!  We are working with our hosting company to get the new expansion server up today.
Here is the official content notes from the Steam page:
 
 
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For the first time in a long time I'm excited about a new release.

 

So far what I know it that it's a prequel, it's entirely online (but I'm not sure if an MMO or more of a public and private server type setup).   It's described as a multiplayer survival game.  There will be base building.  I pre-ordered the standard edition on Amazon, and because I'm prime it was $47.xx dollars instead of $59.  The pre-order comes with beta access.

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DDD9VK7/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

 

Hopefully I'll see some of you there.

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Looks neat.

PC Gamer had this article yesterday, on it.
 

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Finally detailed at Bethesda's E3 showcase, Fallout 76 is indeed a multiplayer survival game, confirming rumors surrounding the prequel's recent reveal. 

Director of Bethesda Game Studios Todd Howard took the stage to explain the new direction for Fallout, addressing concerns from those expecting the usual singleplayer RPG the studio is known for. 

Always online, new rendering technology

"Of course you can play this solo. You'll be who you want, exploring a huge world doing quests, experiencing a story, and leveling up," explained Howard. Don't expect much in the way of NPC character interactions though. While we can't exactly confirm it, Howard's langauge implies NPCs (besides our personal robot butlers) will be a no-show. "Open world. Survival. Every person, or character, is real."

So while we can expect a massive open world four times bigger than Fallout 4, it definitely won't be as civilized. However, there will be plenty of "real" characters to interact with. Just don't expect to run into them every few minutes. "You'll be in a world with dozens, not hundreds, not thousands of other players," said Howard. 

We wouldn't expect to get along with everyone though. Some particular locations on the map will inspire fear and greed in the most gallant of players. "We love dynamic game systems," said Howard. "So we thought, why don’t we put multiple nuclear missile sites on the map, and then let all of you do whatever you want with them?"

The world will also feature six distinct regions with their own flora and fauna. Smell the roses and pet the local mutant dogs between nuclear obliteration panic attacks. 

Fallout 76 is built using new tech, and it shows. "We always start with the world, and this time it features all new rendering, lighting, and landscape technology," said Howard. It's certainly looking better than the typical Gamebyro fare, but we'll wait until release to pass judgement. 

New creatures inspired by local folklore

The Wendigo

During a montage showing off the new West Virginia setting, Howard also teased a few new creatures we'll see. Among them were ghoulish toads and bugs, and a massive flying creature that might be familiar to those in the area. 

"We even used the folklore of West Virginia to bring our Fallout versions [of monsters] to life," Howard said. So if you got a Mothman vibe from the big flying guy, you likely weren't off base.

Building is back, dedicated servers coming

Speaking of bases, the settlement building system is back, streamlined for multiplayer. You'll be able to build using tools similar to those in Fallout 4, but plopping down a house doesn't mean you're committing to the land. "You can build wherever you want. And you can pack up and move that wherever you want," said Howard. Early comparisons to Rust weren't totally inaccurate, but based on what we know so far, Fallout 76 will be much more player friendly. 

Howard backs up the assertion: "People wonder if this is hardcore survival. I like to think of it, maybe, this is more softcore survival"

Player friendliness extends to the back-end too. The platform will feature 100% dedicated servers and an an incoming beta. 

It's coming out this year

A release date was also announced, and it's pretty soon: November 14, 2018. 

We'll be poring through everything Bethesda showed, collecting everything we know about Fallout 76 in one place.

 



https://www.pcgamer.com/fallout-76-is-a-multiplayer-softcore-survival-game-about-building-settlements/?utm_content=buffer1774c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=buffer_pcgamerfb

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Lot more info here...

 

 

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Private servers and mods also confirmed after launch.

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Sounds amazing.  Survival / Sandbox games like Ark, 7 Days to Die, Conan Exiles, etc. have been incredibly popular over the last couple of years.  It makes sense that they would try to capitalize on that genre while it is so popular.  Having a known "rock star" company like Bethseda behind the game even makes it more exciting!  I don't know if I will pre-order it, but I absolutely would love to play this game at some point.

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When does Beta start?

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Hasn't been announced yet :(  Release is scheduled for November, so it shouldn't be too long.

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I thought Fallout 76 was going to be for a mobile platform so I paid zero attention to this game.  It wasn't until last night when I saw an advertisement during football that I realized I was wrong.  I have been so focused on Anthem information that I guess I just missed everything about this game.  Guess I need to watch some videos to learn more.  I really enjoyed Fallout 4 after I modded it.  We'll see.

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Well I already know my GPU won't support it.  I have a GTX 760 2 GB.  My Processor is an I5, not sure which one though.  

 

Fallout 76 (minimum):
Requires 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Processor: Intel Core i5-6600k 3.5 GHz /AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz or equivalent
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB or equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Storage: 60 GB of free disk space

Fallout 76 (recommended):
Requires 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 4GB / AMD R9 290X 4GB
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Storage: 60 GB of free disk space

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Does anybody want to play the B.E.T.A.?  Pre-orders just got 3 Friend codes for the b.e.t.a. only.  It has also been confirmed that there will be more play times after Sunday's session.

 

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What platform is it for?  

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I am really curious if they have said what system requirements are needed  or if they match what I’ve posted above.  I assume even in Beta it has to be close to what is going to be live

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You can drop into this Twitch stream...  Lots of knowledge there and they are cool with answering questions.

 

 

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I am late to the party but would love to team up with guildies in fallout 76.

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Still have 2 keys for the B.E.T.A.  Final dates below.  It is a 45GB download.

 

Tuesday, November 6: 10 am - 12 pm PT / 1 pm - 3 pm ET
Thursday, November 8: 11 am - 5 pm PT / 2 pm - 8 pm ET

 

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I can’t decide what platform to play on. PC or PS4. Leaning towards PC. Thoughts?

i think once they allow modding, it is better on PC

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As of right now, CotP will officially be full PC at release....however, if someone else wants to get a group going on Xbox or PS4, I'm all for it.  Bethesda has already said they have no plans for cross platform at release.

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Vraith hooked me up with one of the "B.E.T.A." keys, so I did get a chance to try it out.  I only got a couple hours to play, but I did really enjoy it so far.  The gameplay was more like 7 Days to Die, but with strong Fallout aspects.  Right off the bat you start getting into the storyline. There was a lot of interesting things to do before you even leave the starting area inside the bunker.  I can't remember any other open-world survival games that had this much invested in the plot.  Most games like this just throw you out into the game and you figure it out as you go along.

My only minor concern was resource management... Resource gathering was more on the lines of scavenging for items, as opposed to harvesting trees, rocks, etc. You find items throughout the world, and then take them to a crafting station to scrap those items and get crafting materials.  I expected it to be more like other open-world survival games.  Truth be told this is relatively minor.  I can definitely see the current style of resource gathering working for a game like this.  The items were easy enough to find in the abandoned city sites that I saw in the early parts of the game.

After recently playing Rend that did not have a map, I was very excited to see a functional map in Fallout 76.  It even has landmarks on it so you don't feel so lost when you first get started.  The UI's "compass" is also very useful.  One common complaint in games like this is that people get overwhelmed by the massive world and don't know where they should be going.  Fallout 76 has a good combination of map and a waypoint system that definitely helps with that.

One other thing they did really well is to incorporate an "Events" system.  While I was going through one of the abandoned towns, an event popped up that I got to try out.  Basically all of the abandoned farming robots had some sort of virus and went berserk.  They started attacking all the players.  I didn't join an official "group" per say, but every part of that town I went to I rallied with other players to fight off the robots.  More then once I saw players get pinned by a group of robots.  Other players were quick to jump in and fight them off together.  Very cool to see this kind of player interaction, as most games like this tend to be "kill on sight" for every player they run into. ;)

All in all, this game has some major potential.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this game goes over the next few months!

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Sounds like a really good review. Thanks. I’m all in as well.

I know it’s trivial, but can the folks playing the Beta on PC post what cpu and gpu they are currently running?  I’m trying to decide on 1060 6 Gb or 1050 ti on an upgrade GPU and I’m crossing my fingers on not having to upgrade my cpu

 

thanks

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i5-4750 @ 3.2, 16GB, and AMD Radeon R9-290 w/ 4GB.

 

 

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Vraith, if you didn't use that other key I would give it a strong consideration. 

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Sorry, the game actually released earlier today.

 

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