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Alpha-1 early preview.[1]

This is a true development alpha. This is not a marketing alpha; and what that means is as you know part of the process here in developing Ashes of Creation is being open with that development so you guys can see that progress; and it is a double-edged sword. There are going to be a spectrum of people that exists who are very involved with the game's development and those who are just completely at an arm's length away in understanding the process; and they may look at alpha one- the people who don't really understand the development process or haven't been a part of it- they may look at it and they may think oh you know this is trash, looks like trash, you know whatever it's the end-product. But at the end of the day what's important for us and what yields the best possible product is for us to include as much as possible the community in that development process with no NDA so that you guys give valuable feedback; and as we go through the iterative process in further defining the game and fleshing out that content were doing so with the player in mind and their voice in our ear. That is I think one of the key distinguishing factors between our development and many developments that you guys may have seen in the past.[2]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 is a testing release of the Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[5] Alpha-1 will test:

Alpha-1 availability

15 August 2018 was the last day for purchases of Alpha-1 through Intrepid pre-order packs (History).[6]

  • The developers are considering re-opening sales of Alpha-1 packs at the end of February 2021.[32][33]
  • If Alpha-1 sales are opened up again, there will be normal upgrade paths as before for pack holders.[34]
  • Ample notice will be given prior to A1 sales being reopened.[35]

There were a lot of questions with regards to Alpha one sales being available again in the future. As I said in the letter, we did receive a lot of good data around our last test that leads me to believe that will likely be the case coming up, probably around the end of February.[32]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation

Ashes of Creation website redesign preview (WIP).[36]

Ashes of Creation takes place within a medieval fantasy setting, blending imagination with cutting-edge graphics. We are putting the word massive back into massively multiplayer with unique and novel mechanics that will bring meaning to player action. Ashes of Creation will incorporate the best parts of traditional MMORPGs with innovative sandbox concepts. You will choose your fate at every opportunity. Questlines will open and close based on the interactions of the players with their world, because this is a world where choice is consequential. Monsters will roam and grow in ferocity as civilization disrupts the natural order of things. From the location of towns to the size of cities, you will determine the landscape of your world. It will be unique in culture, ecology, and economy.[37]

Ashes of Creation is an upcoming MMORPG set in a world of high fantasy where player’s choices will shape and define the world around them.[38]

Ashes of Creation is a unique take on the MMO experience. Our world structure is dynamic and built to react to the actions of our players. Cities will rise and fall, their populations based on the history of the world as the players create it. Quests will unlock as these populations gather, their needs grow, and secrets are unlocked. As the world’s NPC structure is established in real time, players will have the ability to destroy what they’ve created, paving the way for new development, new populations, and real change. Political strife and intrigue will play a very real role in the structure of your world. Gone are the days of static worlds, change is here to stay.[37]

Alpha-1 playtest schedule

Testy Alpha-1 zaplanowano na jesień 2020 r. Wszystko, co miało miejsce przed tą datą, jest uważane za testy QA, do których osoby wspierające Alpha-1 są zapraszane etapami.[39]

  • Ograniczone testy Alpha-1 rozpoczęły się 28 maja 2020 r. Od sponsorów Royalty i wyższych. Początkowo testy te będą przeprowadzane podczas jednodniowych sesji, które w ciągu kilku miesięcy przekształcą się w weekendowe okresy testowe.[40]
  • Umowa NDA dotycząca tekstu i głosu została wycofana z tej fazy testów.[41]

Testy w maju i czerwcu prawdopodobnie pozostaną pod NDA, dopóki nie poczuję się komfortowo ze stabilnością.[42]Steven Sharif

  • Posiadacze pakietu Leader of men zostanią zaproszeni do rozpoczęcia testów w sierpniu.[43]
  • Latem testy Alpha-1 zostaną rozszerzone, aby objąć wszystkich posiadaczy pakietu Braver of worlds i wyższych. Zaczną również od weekendowych okresów testowych.[40]
  • Bliżej jesieni, celem jest zaproszenie wszystkich graczy Alpha-1 do udziału w tygodniowych sesjach testowych.[40]

Na koniec z radością ogłaszam, że ograniczone testy Alpha One rozpoczną się w maju 2020 roku, zaczynając od naszych sponsorów Alpha One najwyższego poziomu z Kickstarter. Te testy będą początkowo obejmować naszych zwolenników Phoenix Initiative i wyższe. Ponieważ klient gry staje się bardziej stabilny podczas tych ograniczonych testów, zaczniemy wprowadzać naszych odważnych i ponadprzeciętnych zwolenników, a ostatecznie naszych posiadaczy pakietów Interpid w przedsprzedaży. Naszym celem jest, aby klient gry Alpha One był gotowy do pełnego testowania jesienią 2020 roku. Teraz oczywiście ta oś czasu podlega wstępnym testom i jej sukcesowi w ciągu następnych kilku miesięcy, więc upewnij się, że złagodzisz oczekiwania. Głównym celem testowania Ashes jest stworzenie solidnego i przyjemnego doświadczenia podczas iteracji projektowania i wdrażania gry. Ważnym wnioskiem z tego ogłoszenia jest to, że robimy postępy w kierunku grywalnej gry. Przed nami jeszcze długa droga, a wiele systemów w Alpha One to podstawowe systemy, które wymagają jeszcze więcej dopracowania. I nawet teraz nie mogę zagwarantować, że opóźnienia nie wystąpią, ale będziemy starać się być transparentni i komunikować się z Państwem o naszych sukcesach i porażkach.[40]Steven Sharif

Pierwsze testy w maju z naszą inicjatywą Phoenix i wyższymi zwolennikami będą prowadzone podczas jednodniowych sesji, które w ciągu kilku miesięcy ostatecznie przekształcą się w weekendowe okresy testowe, gdy klient gry Alpha One stanie się bardziej stabilny. W okresie letnim, gdy rozszerzamy uczestniczących testerów Alpha One o Bravers i nowszych, oni również zaczną od weekendowych doświadczeń, które sprawdzą cierpliwość naszych graczy. Zbliżając się do jesieni tego roku, zamierzamy zaprosić wszystkich graczy Alpha One do udziału w tygodniowych sesjach testowych i przesunąć granice naszego doświadczenia z Alpha One. W miarę zbliżania się do tych okresów testowych będziemy aktualizować harmonogramy i instrukcje.[40]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 testing zone (Alpha island)

Alpha-1 testing tropical zone featuring a war beast and a tribe of pigmy goblins.[44]

This is a rather large tropical area; and what we use some of the creatures for is kind of like establishing character for different parts of this tropical place. So that even though it's the same biome, it feels different when you are going from place to place based on what's there and how those things are interacting with the environment.[10]Jeffrey Bard

Alpha-1 testing takes place in a zone to the north west of the world map.[45] This zone has many islands and a mainland area.[11]

Alpha-1 participation

There are slightly under 10,000 participants in Alpha-1 testing.[49]

Intrepid packs were discontinued to keep the participating testers below the 10k threshold so as not to exceed potential issues on our backend. My statement just now was, if testing goes fine and we are able to handle the number of players fine, I do not see an issue in offering additional intrepid packs. Alpha One was not exclusive. We did indeed end sales for the past 2 years.[50]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 servers

Serwery Alpha-1 zostaną udostępnione w następujących regionach.[52]

Serwery Alpha-1 będą obsługiwać od 1500 do 2000 jednoczesnych użytkowników.[12][27]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[55]

  • Servers may also be wiped between individual tests, unless the developers require progression to be saved for certain spot tests.[56]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[57]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 NDA

Alpha-1, Alpha-2, Beta-1, Beta-2 releases are not covered by NDA (non-disclosure agreement).[58]

  • QA testing prior to the full release of Alpha-1 is covered by NDA.[41][42]
    • The text and voice NDA was lifted from the PI QA testing phase on May 28, 2020.[41]
    • The NDA will be lifted for the March 2021 Alpha-1 preview tests.[18]

Our plan at the moment is for you to review and accept the NDA as part of the game client itself. Keep an eye out for emails in your inbox on how to test as we get closer![59]Sarah Flanagan

Alpha testing system requirements

Ashes of Creation alpha testing minimum system specification.[60]

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2125 3.3GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 3.3GHz
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon 6870 HD with 1GB and DirectX 12
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 15 GB of available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

Recommended specification.[60]

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz / AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon R9 Fury with 4GB and DirectX 12
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 15 GB of available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

Alpha-1 player flagging/corruption

Player corruption is expected to be implemented in Alpha-1.[23]

Alpha-1 name reservation

Name reservations will begin during Alpha-1.[6]

Alpha-1 account management

Account management systems revamped for Alpha-1 are expected to be launched on 5 October 2018.[61]

Two-factor authentication

Token-based two-factor authentication (2FA) may be in place for Alpha-1.[62]

Environments

Alpha-1 environment.[63]

We are a high fantasy game... That means that outside of the traditional sorts of environments you're going to start seeing some pretty crazy and wild stuff that will also change based on seasons.[64]Jeffrey Bard

There are approximately 18 biomes (environments) in Ashes of Creation.[67]

We just wanted to represent just about every biome type under the sun really and just have enough diversity over the world that like when you went from area to area you know, you really just got a contrast of different biome types.[67]Michael Bacon

Alpha-1 videos

Alpha-1 screenshots

See also

References

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