It's hard to trace how long the Atlas Reactor beta went on for, but the emails felt like they went on forever. What was once planned to be a free-to-play venture for Trion Worlds turned into pay-to-play. Now it's free-to-play again; and not for a limited time, either.
Why that little jab at the end? Well, even the game's beta days, it was closed off. With the occasional weekend opening up the game to more than those lucky enough to push through to active play. But after launching last October, it seems Trion Worlds - and its players - wanted to earn the right to play as each of its freelancer characters. Doing just that, those who don't want to pay out and unlock the game in pieces by putting in the hours.
Taking on an approach similar to MOBA titles, players now earn 'Flux' simply by completing matches. Large amounts of Flux can be used to unlock freelancers while those who don't feel like waiting around - but don't want to unlock the full roster - can purchase Flux at a real-world cost.
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Those already in possession of a paid Atlas Reactor account will earn 50,000 flux right off the bat, while also earning themselves 5,000 ISO, 5 of both the Holiday and Holo-haunt event loot matrices and a couple cosmetics to show off your paid status.
The quick shift over also introduced Season 2 of ranked play and the coming of a new freelancer - Brynn, The Skywarden. For those already playing, there's a number of balance changes in the newest patch, too. For everyone else, you can download the game through Steam.