At the very beginning of the game, I had a choice to follow Atlas or "explore on my own, and I chose Atlas. Did this look me in to the Atlas path?

Based on this developer blog post, it sounds like there are two more paths. Am I going to have a chance to switch over to these? Is it too late based on that choice I made in the first few minutes of the game? If I want to restart and follow a different path, how can I do that?

  • Not sure of the answer but just exploring my first planet I have come across several crashed craft that offer the 'follow the path' option again.
    – greg-449
    Aug 11, 2016 at 6:37
  • I tried to answer this question but my searches to find out what the 3 paths even are, left me more confused. It seems no one really knows what the 3 paths are. Some say its trading, exploring or fighting. Others say finding the atlas, finding the center of the universe and an unknown(?) 3rd option. And another is possibly destroying/controlling the atlas or synthesis but I'm not sure if any of those are possible, or what synthesis is supposed to mean, since I haven't played for too long myself. Aug 14, 2016 at 3:56
  • Random sidenote: "Atlus" is a game developer, known for e.g. Tactics Ogre. "Atlas" is the thing in the game (and also a book of maps, and a creature in Greek mythology who holds the entire world on his shoulders).
    – Tin Wizard
    Aug 18, 2016 at 22:57

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There are three paths available to you: Explore Freely, Journey to the Center, or the Atlas Path. This is made clear when encountering a Space Anomaly, where you will be given the choice to be given a technology (helping you to Explore Freely), have a black hole marked on your map (aiding you in Journeying to the Center), or be directed to the nearest Atlas Station (pointing you down the Atlas Path).

To "follow" the other two paths, either explore whatever stars you like, or head directly for the center, making use of black hole jumps where you can.

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