Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
These are some of the most frequently asked questions, and their answers, about the Star Atlas metaverse. Don’t see your question? Please send it via the contact page and I’ll try to get you an answer as quickly as possible!
1. When is the game being released?
The first iteration (Tier 0) of the minigame, called SCORE (which stands for Ship Commissions on Remote Expeditions) was released on December 16th, 2021. This is the first time where owners of the various spaceship NFTs can start earning ATLAS by enlisting their ships into the Faction Fleet. This is a gamified version of staking.
SCORE, which is browser based, will continue to be expanded over the coming months as more interactive play is introduced, such as the CREAM crafting and mining features (CREAM = Crafting Recipes Enabled After Mining) and additional in-depth ship mission mechanics.
The full, immersive, 3D world being built in Unreal Engine 5 is going to be released in “modules” over the course of the next 5-7 years. Instead of waiting for “the entire game to be finished,” the Star Atlas development team is going to release full 3D content in waves. The first 3D UE5 experience, called the “Showroom Module,” is targeted for release in Q2 of 2022, with new expanded modules coming roughly every 6ish months after that over several years. Each module will expand the world, as well as game mechanics.
You can check the Official Star Atlas Roadmap for the latest updates and target dates.
2. How much can I earn?
That depends entirely on how much you put in. Earnings, at least for the initial Tier 0 of SCORE, are calculated solely on a ship’s VWAP, or Volume-Weighted Average Price (check out the Ship Buying Tools page for resources on finding the best deals based on current market prices) which is essentially the average price of a particular ship based on the prices it was sold for initially by the Dev team.
The Star Atlas team has said that their target ROI for SCORE rewards is roughly 100% over 1 year of a ship’s VWAP. So if you can buy a ship at a price lower than it’s VWAP, then you’ll make your ROI faster than 1 year. However if you buy a ship for a price that is higher than it’s VWAP, then it could take more than 1 year.
Keep in mind these are estimates, and the rewards will be in a constant up and down based on several factors such as dev team changes, the increase/decrease of ATLAS price, and other unknown factors. But 100% ROI based on VWAP over a 12-month period is a pretty good reference point.
3. Why does my transaction keep failing when I try to buy a ship?
You need both SOL and either USDC or ATLAS in your wallet in order to buy a ship from the Star Atlas Marketplace.
SOL is a requirement on the Solana blockchain in order to pay for transaction fees. Luckily for us, unlike other blockchains such as Ethereum, the transaction fees on the Solana blockchain are very small, usually less than .00001 SOL (which is tenths of a cent). With that being said, there is an additional requirement on Solana that most people new to blockchain are unaware of, and that is every time you interact with a new contract for the first time, there is an additional one-time fee of .023 SOL for the opening of that contract to your solana wallet.
What this means for Star Atlas is every “item type” is it’s own token contract. So that means each spaceship type (Opal Jet, vs. Rainbow Om, vs. Pearce X4) is it’s own contract, as well as each resource (food, fuel, ammo, toolkits) is it’s own contract, as well as any unique collectibles or access items.
Make sure you have enough SOL in your wallet to cover this initial fee, in addition to the USDC or ATLAS required for your purchase. If you have verified you do have enough of both tokens, then try disconnecting your wallet from the website and closing your browser. Re-open your browser and re-connect your wallet, then try again. This typically resolves the failed transaction issue.
If you are still having issues after verifying all of the above, reach out in the Star Atlas Discord and use the #create-a-ticket channel on the left-hand side menu under “Support,” to get assistance from the Star Atlas team.
4. What is the .02 SOL transaction fee when buying resources, am I going to be charged this every time?
This is a one-time fee (which you can get back when you no longer have use for the contract – see note below) for the first time you interact with any new token contract. Its part of the Solana network and happens on any Solana site, there is nothing Star Atlas can do about it. They do not get that SOL, it is the cost of using the Solana blockchain.
After you pay it once, you don’t pay it again for that particular token contract. Every fee after will be less than .0001 SOL.
Please keep in mind it charges it for the first interaction with EVERY new token contract you deal with. In regard to Star Atlas, food is one contract, fuel is one contract, toolkits are one contract, ammo is one contract, every ship type ship is it’s own contract. So you will be charged that one-time fee for taking each of these actions for the first time.
But buying any of the resources after you’ve bought them once will not incur that fee again.
Note: This one-time fee can actually be taken back once you are no longer using the associated contract. To close out any contracts you no longer need and retrieve your .023 SOL back, visit https://sonar.watch. Please keep in mind if you close a contract and then interact with it again, you will have to pay the .023 SOL fee again. If you plan on using a contract in the future, it’s best to simply leave it open. Warning: Ff you stake your ships to the Faction Fleet and then close out your contract to get the .023 SOL back, it prevents you from being able to withdraw your fleet due to the contract being gone. Tip: If you accidentally close one of your ship staking contracts and run into this issue, a quick fix is to go bid any amount of money on the ship you are having an issue with via the marketplace. This should re-establish the contract for that ship and allow you to withdraw your fleet. (Thanks @Yaawn from BULK for this tip!)
5. How much do resources cost compared to how much we earn from ship missions?
The costs of the resources are extremely cheap, less than roughly 25% of your mission rewards, and varies from there depending on what ships you have.
It will never cost you more to re-supply your ships than what you’ve been able to make from the ship missions, rewards will always be more than the cost of re-supplying resources.
6. Will the cost of resources increase or the ATLAS rewards decrease?
Just like any other market, price fluctuations will always occur. This will happen in both directions.
The Star Atlas team has stated that prices and reward payouts will be adjusted as the market fluctuates. Since they’re targeting for roughly a 100% ROI over 1 year based on a ship’s VWAP, if the value of ATLAS increases, then both the reward payouts as well as the cost of resources will decrease. Inversely, if the price of ATLAS decreases then both the rewards and costs will increase.
7. Now that we can earn ATLAS, are they going to remove USDC as an option for buying ships?
No. Not for the foreseeable future at least.
Per CEO Michael Wagner, the Star Atlas team has a considerable amount of monthly expenses, so they have deemed that keeping a 50/50 split of ATLAS to USDC ship sales is the optimal approach for them to continue receiving a steady source of nonvolatile income.
Michael has also stated that the ATLAS they are receiving from ship sales is being “HODL’d”, meaning any ATLAS the team receives is essentially being “removed from circulation” while they hodl it, which is a great thing for the price stability of the token.
8. When is DAO / POLIS staking?
The current target date for POLIS staking in the DAO is February 3rd, 2022.
Keep in mind this is a target date, not a confirmed date, and therefore is subject to change.
You can find the latest information on target release dates for various aspects of the project by visiting the Official Star Atlas Roadmap.
9. Why is it failing when I try to “Resupply All” on my enlisted fleets?
In order to use the “Re-supply All” feature in your enlisted fleets, you need to make sure you have enough of all 4 resources (ammo, fuel, toolkits, food) in your inventory to cover the 100% refill of each resource.
If you just purchased more resources, make sure you don’t forget to also “claim” them in your Inventory.
10. Why can’t I withdraw my fleet?
In order to withdraw your fleet, your fleet’s health (toolkits resource) must be at 100%.
This is because the health of your ships is tracked by the Staking Contract, not by the individual ship. So if you were to remove a ship at 50% health, there would be no way to know the ship was at 50% health when trading it on the open market or when re-enlisting. Since ships are at 100% health going in, they must also be 100% health coming out.
11. How do I add more ships to my fleet?
If you already have ships enlisted in a fleet and you have recently purchased more of that same ship, first make sure you’ve “claimed” the newly purchased ships in your inventory.
Once the ships have been claimed, go to your enlisted fleet and click the “Manage Fleet” button. Now select the “Manage Ships” tab at the top of the pop-up window. In this menu you can add your newly purchased ships to your existing fleet.
12. What happens to my resources that are left if I withdraw my fleet?
You must use toolkits on your fleet to get it’s health back to 100% prior to being able to withdraw your fleet.
Once your fleet is at 100% health and you withdraw your fleet, any remaining resources in the ammo, food, or fuel categories will be returned to your inventory.
13. Can resources be sold/traded on the open market or sent to other players?
Resources (fuel, food, ammo, toolkits) are no different than any other NFT or token. They can be bought, sold, traded, and sent in the exact same way you would send any other tokens, and can be sold directly on the Star Atlas Marketplace or sent directly to another wallet through the wallet interface such as Phantom.
14. Can I use a ledger hardware wallet?
Yes. You can use Ledger to play the Star Atlas minigame SCORE.
However, note that because Ledger does not support the “signMessage” function at this time, you will not be able to change your profile avatar or badge. But these are only cosmetic. You will still be able to do all of the things required in order to buy ships, stake them, and start earning ATLAS.
In order to use your Ledger device with Star Atlas, be sure to enable the “Blind Signing” feature, otherwise it will not work. You can read and learn more about the Blind Signing feature here.
15. Origination Price vs. VWAP (Volume Weighted Average Price): What’s the difference?
The origination price of a ship is the price in which it was listed at in the first ever drop/release by the Star Atlas development team.
Some ships, such as the Fimbul ECOS Greenader, had multiple drops or “waves” in which a certain number of ships were released at different prices. Using the Greenader for example, the first wave dropped 450 ships at a price of $8,200 USDC. The second wave dropped 300 ships at a price of $9,185 USDC. In order to calculate the VWAP, one would use the formula: (450 x 8200) + (300 x 9185) / 750 = $8,594. This is the price that ATLAS rewards are based off of in the SCORE – Tier 0 minigame.
Ships that either had only one wave, or had multiple waves but were all released at the same price, will have an origination price that matches it’s VWAP.
But ships with multiple waves and different prices for each wave will have differentiating origination prices compared to their VWAP.
15. What happens to my Enlisted Fleet when my resources reach 0?
In order to earn ATLAS rewards, your fleet must have some supply of all 4 resources.
If any of your resources reach 0, you simply stop earning ATLAS until you re-supply them.