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Star Atlas CORE Ranks No. 1 on Apple Books


Star Atlas announced on November 8, 2022, that a free version of Episode 1 of Star Atlas CORE is available on Apple Books in over 50 countries across the world. The day after, it ranked no.1 on Apple Books!

Today, November 9th, the Star Atlas: CORE ranked no. 1 on Apple Books. The book has 17 pages and a file size of 29.7 MB. The episode 1 of Star Atlas CORE introduces the reader to a trio of space explorers investigating a faraway planet for precious minerals.

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Image source: Matthew Medney

What is Star Atlas CORE?

Star Atlas: CORE graphic cover

CORE is a story of heroism, heartbreak, and epic adventure by Tim Mcburnie and Matthew Medney, two award-winning creatives. The narrative is set 100 years before the Convergence War and is the first addition to Star Atlas’ Expanded Universe by ATMTA studio. Gyunn, the MUD protagonist, is roaming the galaxy after a visit to a planet in the high-risk zone results in a disastrous blow to his team.

The Lore

The lore revolves around the legendary planet Iris. In Star Atlas, Iris is a planet that existed deep in the High Risk Zone. The Cataclysm was caused by Iris colliding with seven other worlds, sparking a Galactic Expansion and Arms Race between the three Star Atlas groups to capture its valuable resources.

Is Iris just a mere planet? Well, just like other writers, Medney and Mcburnie tied the lore to real life mythologies. Iris is a goddess connected with communication, messages, the rainbow, and new beginnings. In other sources, she is represented wearing a rainbow or multi-colored coat.

Her sister Arke deceived the Olympians and became a messenger for the Titans, the gods’ enemies!¬† Iris¬† is also regarded as a goddess of the sea and the sky, and she connects the gods to humans. She¬† is shown as a rainbow or as a lovely young woman with wings on her shoulders.

Now this is not just a simple mythological review. This all relates to Star Atlas! Remember the Rainbow Arc?

The Star Atlas rainbow arc
Star Atlas Rainbow Arc

The Arke and Rainbows inspired the creation of Star Atlas Rainbow Arc. The Rainbow Arc is a ship built by the Photoli, who are adored as Gods. The Rainbow Arc can also wear a light cloak or armor that protects it, similar to Iris’ rainbow-colored garment.

Hunt for the Key of Iris

The arc cypher for Star Atlas CORE
Image source: Star Atlas

Readers who purchase the Star Atlas CORE SFTs will find hints in each episode. Readers, like Gyunn, will go on a journey to claim a reward. If you are the one of the first individuals to  discover the cypher, you would be entitled to:

  1. Complete Digital Edition of CORE
  2. Meeting with the writing team
  3. Ship skin based on the graphic novel
  4. Extra exclusive content!

Does the Star Atlas: CORE interesting to you? Access the book here.

About Star Atlas

Star Atlas is a futuristic play-to-earn MMORPG set in the year 2620. Built on blockchain technology, players can trade, obtain, and create non-fungible tokens (NFTs) within the Star Atlas universe and enjoy an economy that reflects the tangibility of real-world assets, ownership, and value. 

In the game, players are encouraged to explore, mine, acquire and verse. You can run your own spaceship and crew; roam around the Star Atlas metaverse in search of riches and hidden surprises that can be staked or mined. You can also combat the environment or other players, or harness and collect valuables.

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