Trion Worlds has announced that Atlas Reactor, its formerly free-to-play competitive tactics game, has launched on Steam Early Access. Trion wants players to get a taste for the game, so Atlas Reactor will be free this weekend. From May 13-15, players can check out everything the game has to offer.
"We've gotten great feedback so far from our Alpha players, but now that we're looking toward launch, we're ready to introduce the game to a larger audience and put all of the improvements we've made to the test," said the company on the Steam store page. "From character balance to stress-testing our servers, the Steam community is going to be essential in helping us polish the game as we continue toward launch."
Atlas Reactor is one of the most unique games I've played in a long time. It is a competitive tactics game, but the important part is that all chosen moves are resolved at the same time. This means you can't just attack where your opponent is now, you have to figure out where they're going to be after they make their own moves. It's like fighting game footsies played out in a tactics game, where you have to read your opponent and make an educated guess. And all turns are timed, so you can't ponder over your actions forever.
"We've been polishing the core gameplay of Atlas Reactor for a long time now, and even in the early stage, very high-level, competitive PvP has developed in our Versus mode," the company added. "With 16 Freelancers, 3 maps, versus, co-op, and single player modes, and a Mod system to allow you to customize your Freelancers abilities, the game already offers a ton of depth and replayability. We've also introduced a Seasons system where players can experience a bit of the lore of the world in addition to earning additional character customization items, like Skins, Styles, and Taunts, just for playing the game and completing objectives."
Previously the game offered Founder's Packs with a certain number of Freelancers (the game's name for its heroes) and other perks. Now it's offered in three different editions: Atlas Edition, Freelancer Edition, and Trust Edition, for $29.99, $59.99, and $99.99. Atlas Edition is the standard edition and will retail for $19.99 for a limited time. Every edition features all 16 characters, but the more premium editions feature more skins and other bonuses.