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Ubisoft announces new Crimson Moon content update for Starlink: Battle for Atlas, coming April 30th, 2019

Gotta watch out for that blood moon

SAN FRANCISCO — April 24, 2019 — Today, Ubisoft announced that Starlink: Battle for Atlas® will receive a significant content update centered on the mysterious appearance of the Crimson Moon in the Atlas star system. The update will be available for download on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X.

The new Crimson Moon content will also be included in the all-new Windows PC version of the game, releasing the same day, April 30, 2019. On PC, Starlink: Battle for Atlas will feature the same content as the console version and will support the Dualshock and Xbox One controller mounts, as well as digital play. For more information about Starlink: Battle for Atlas PC specs, please visit https://starlink.ubisoft.com/game/en-us/news-videos/348652/Starlink-Battle-For-Atlas-Comes-to-PC.

As part of the free update, players can explore the Crimson Moon, theater of the Outlaw Games. Players will be able to compete in all-new single-player and two-player split-screen racing tracks, fight waves of ruthless enemies in the Crimson Coliseum and see their rank and stats on leaderboards. The Crimson Moon will also impact the entire world of Atlas and let players engage with new faction story missions and weekly challenges. Additionally, players will be able to expand their roster and play through the new Crimson Moon content with five new pilots, three new starships and eleven new weapons available separately for digital-only purchase.

Alongside the Crimson Moon update, prepare to take control of the Star Fox team members Peppy, Falco and Slippy in brand-new content coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch. Hunt down the Star Wolf team in a series of missions with the help of three new Star Fox team pilots, each with their own unique special ability and skill tree. The new Star Fox content will be available separately for digital-only purchase for $11.99 on Nintendo Switch beginning April 30, 2019.

For more information about the Starlink: Battle for Atlas, please visit www.starlinkgame.com.

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Famitsu print ad - Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Will it find success in Japan?

Starlink: Battle for Atlas still hasn't released in Japan, but it will be available soon. The game launches on April 25th, 2019. We already know the game hasn't done too well in the rest of the world, but I'm still holding out a sliver of hope for some sort of success in Japan. A top 10 showing at launch would be nice to see.

Ubisoft says Starlink: Battle for Atlas' sales were below expectations, new toys will not be released for future content

See you, space cowboy

Bad news, Starlink fans. While we already knew more content was on the way to the game, many were holding out hope that a new wave of toys would see release as well. Ubisoft has released a note to fans explaining that production of toys has wrapped, and no new physical goodies are coming. It seems that poor sales of the game are the reason. Check out Ubisoft's full note on the situation below.

Thank you so much for the warm response to the new Starlink content announced during the February Nintendo Direct.

With the announcement of new content arriving this April, we felt that it is important to provide an update on the topic of physical toys. Starlink: Battle for Atlas has been a passion project for us from the start, and we are incredibly proud of the modular Starship technology we have developed, and how well players have responded to it.

Despite the immense and continuous support from our players, the sales for Starlink: Battle for Atlas fell below expectations. Consequently, we recently made the decision to not release any additional physical toys for the Spring update and in the future.

As part of our effort to do right by our passionate and dedicated community we are currently hard at work on our biggest update to the game so far and are pleased to tell all of you that there will be new digital ships, pilots and weapons to collect.

Additionally, there will be a ton of free content to expand your games such as additional missions, challenges and new activities to engage in throughout Atlas, including content that was inspired by community suggestions, such as Outlaw Racing.

We're very grateful for the support we have received from players around the world and can't wait for everyone to get their hands on our next big update launching this April.

We'll see you in the stars,

Starlink Development Team

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Japanese promo videos, and packaging pics

A Starlink is born


Did you know that Starlink: Battle for Atlas still hasn't released in Japan? As we mentioned awhile back, the game is launching in that part of the world on April 25th, 2019. To promote the upcoming launch, Ubisoft has launched a couple new promo videos, and revealed packaging pics as well.

Check out more pics here

GDC 2019 to host "Starship Physics and Controls that Feel Real: Bringing the Toys of Starlink to Digital Life" panel

You, Starlink, are the hero!

Starlink: Battle for Atlas may not have been the big hit that Ubisoft wanted, but there's no denying the insane amount of work that went into the project. For those who want to learn more about how everything came together, a panel at GDC 2019 should be the perfect opportunity.

Starship Physics and Controls that Feel Real: Bringing the Toys of Starlink to Digital Life

Michael Wasilewski (Team Lead Programmer, Ubisoft Toronto)
Location: Room 2001, West Hall
Date: Friday, March 22
Time: 11:30am - 12:00pm

How do children play with their toys? They skim them along the floor, tumble them around in the air, and smash them into walls. In Starlink: Battle for Atlas, one of our key pillars was that the digital ship should feel true to how children might play with its physical toy equivalent. In this talk, we will describe how we brought the ships of Starlink to life. By combining specialized but reusable behaviors, designers can control how vehicles handle in multiple navigation modes, as well as how dynamic they look on screen. The tricky bit with highly configurable vehicles is tackling the ensuing combinatorial explosion of tuning that comes from each part affecting the outcome. Finally, relaxing the coupling between physics and gameplay can lead to more interesting environmental impacts and corresponding angular momentum preserving recovery animations.

Takeaway

Attendees will take away an understanding of how small sets of reusable behaviors can define how a vehicle handles and looks on screen while keeping tuning from design under control. Techniques for impactful environmental collisions and subsequent recoveries used in 'Starlink' can be applied to other games with vehicles.

Intended Audience

The target audience for this talk includes gameplay programmers and technical designers. Although it is a technical talk, the descriptions will be visual and accessible to a wider audience.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas will receive its biggest update yet in April

Yesterday, in February’s Nintendo Direct, Ubisoft announced new content for its action-adventure game Starlink: Battle for Atlas. Following the release of the Holiday free update in December, Ubisoft Toronto will continue to expand the Starlink universe and experience with its biggest update since launch, set to launch in April 2019. The April update will add new Star Fox Missions to the Nintendo Switch version of the game, in which players will be facing Star Wolf’s lieutenants Andrew, Pigma & Leon. Additionally, all players will be able to enjoy additional missions, challenges and activities, including starships races!

More information on the content of the update will be shared closer to release. For more information on Starlink: Battle for Atlas, please visit: https://starlink.ubisoft.com.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas 'Starter Pack' now available at Best Buy for $20

In Starlink: Battle for Atlas™, you are part of a group of heroic interstellar pilots, dedicated to free the Atlas Star System from Grax and the Forgotten Legion. Build your own modular starship model, mount it to your controller, and take part in epic space combat. Swap the parts on your model and your in-game starship changes in real time.

Grab yours here

Starlink: Battle for Atlas - Japanese cover art

Starlink: Battle for Atlas hits Switch in Japan on April 25th, 2019. You can check out the standard cover art above, as well as the bundle box art below.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas - photo mode footage

PHOTO MODE – Players will be able to capture the favorite moments of their journey throughout Atlas and express their creativity with several tools to personalize their shots.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas takes off with new free content for the holidays

SAN FRANCISCO – December 20, 2018 - Today, Ubisoft announced that Starlink: Battle for Atlas™, the all-new action-adventure game from Ubisoft Toronto released on October 16, 2018, will receive a large content update before the holidays. Introducing several fan-requested features, the update will be available free to all players on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One on December 21, 2018.

New contents include:

NEW ENEMY UNITS – All planets of the Atlas star system will receive brand new enemy types, introducing unique gameplay mechanics and encouraging players to adopt new strategies.
NEW ACTIVITY – Outlaw fortifications will appear all over Atlas for players to take down. This new activity will provide loot and experience upon completion.
PHOTO MODE – Players will be able to capture the favorite moments of their journey throughout Atlas and express their creativity with several tools to personalize their shots.
For more information about the content of the December update, please visit: https://starlink.ubisoft.com/game/en-us/news-videos/341732/December-Update-Codename-Holiday-Gift

For more information about Starlink: Battle for Atlas, please visit: www.starlinkgame.com

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