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Alpha-2 character creator user interface (first pass).[1]

Alpha-2 is intending to be obviously a very large chunk of the game's mechanics: a very very big percentage of it.[2]Steven Sharif

A large percentage of Ashes of Creation's game systems are expected to be in place for Alpha-2.[2]

Alpha-1 and Alpha-2 testers may be invited to participate in spot testing prior to the Alpha-2 release.[31]

Alpha-2 is known as the persistent alpha.[32][33]

Alpha-2 availability

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Alpha-2 Alpha-2 spot testing.[34] To be announced.[34]
Alpha-2 (No NDA).[32][33] To be announced.[35]

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Persistent alpha

Alpha-2 is known as the persistent alpha.[32][33] Persistent means that the Alpha-2 servers will be kept up all day and night until launch.[32]

Alpha-2 will remain even post launch as our public test server.[38]Steven Sharif

The ultimate goal for A2 is to be persistent and the PTS, but before we get that far there's gonna be some wipes I would expect.[37]Steven Sharif

Alpha-2 server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[39]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[37]Steven Sharif

Alpha testing system requirements

Alpha-1 stress testing, March 17, 2021.[42]

Funny story; So yesterday as we are stress/density testing with our NDA testers, I accidentally summoned 5k bears around our few hundred players. But hey, it didn’t crash! Can you spot Lt. Toast here?[42]Steven Sharif

These are fully operational NPCs. They have behavior trees, they have AI blackboards; you know they are functioning as an NPC would; and to my surprise, to everyone's surprise actually, the server handled it quite well: 5000 entities all within a very dense area.[43]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation alpha testing minimum system specification.[44] These system specs have not changed for Unreal Engine 5.[45][46]

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2125 3.3GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 3.3GHz
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti or AMD Radeon R9 270
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB of available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

Recommended specification.[44]

  • 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: 50 GB of available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

Tulnar race

The Tulnar race will be in place before Alpha-2. Concepts and early works are expected at that time.[15]

Naval schedule

Naval content will be present in Alpha-2.[48][2]

Artisan classes timeline

Artisan classes (Gathering, Processing, Crafting) will come online fully in Alpha-2 and the Betas.[50][22]

Crafting honestly will not come online in any sense of its true form until Alpha-2. Alpha-1 has essentially what are intended to be the core gameplay loop of crafting, meaning the collection of materials, the translation of those materials into processed goods, and the use of those processed goods into item acquisition. That's the core gameplay loop that is currently present in Alpha-1. But those are mostly facilitated kind of piggy backing the merchant systems right now and not actually using the real crafting system; and that's because crafting hasn't been completed in a form that can be implemented in Alpha-1, but will be for Alpha-2. What's present in Alpha-1 doesn't even really scratch the surface for crafting.[22]Steven Sharif

Alpha-2 NDA

Alpha-1, Alpha-2, Beta-1, Beta-2 releases are not covered by NDA (non-disclosure agreement).[52]

Participation

  • Alpha-0 had over 2,500 participants.[55]
  • Alpha-1 testing had approximately 9,600 participants as of August, 2018.[56][57] There were slightly over 13k participants as of May 31, 2021.[56] There were 5,300 unique logins during the 3 day weekend test of May 27, 2021.[56]
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Testing phases

Ashes of Creation testing phases.

The game will be feature complete before Beta... Beta really is intended to identify last minute bugs to make sure that everything is ready for launch; it's important that all features are complete by Beta-1. Alpha-2 will not be feature complete at the start of Alpha-2. There are going to be updates that are going to be incorporated as part of the Alpha-2 process and there are going to be additional features that come online that get fleshed out between that time and Beta-1. There's going to be regions of the maps that aren't going to be accessible of course during Alpha-2.[36]Steven Sharif

Alpha-2 videos

See also

References

  1. Video, 2022-03-31 (34:16).
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 Podcast, 2021-09-29 (59:29).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Video, 2022-03-31 (0:00).
  4. Transmisja na żywo, 2022-04-29 (56:24).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Transmisja na żywo, 2022-10-14 (6:38).
  6. Transmisja na żywo, 2022-04-29 (32:29).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Blog: Creative Director's Letter, October 16 2020
  8. Newsletter, 2018-08-7
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  10. Transmisja na żywo, 2022-01-28 (15:35).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Podcast, 2021-09-29 (23:00).
  12. Transmisja na żywo, 2022-10-14 (15:44).
  13. Wywiad, 2018-10-20 (12:38).
  14. Transmisja na żywo, 2020-03-28 (1:41:11).
  15. 15.0 15.1 Transmisja na żywo, 2018-04-8 (AM) (2:17).
  16. steven-family-summon-2.png
  17. Wywiad, 2018-10-20 (0:00).
  18. Transmisja na żywo, 2021-09-24 (1:18:06).
  19. Transmisja na żywo, 2021-09-24 (1:19:17).
  20. Transmisja na żywo, 2022-04-29 (21:00).
  21. 21.0 21.1 Transmisja na żywo, 2018-09-27 (54:02).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Wywiad, 2021-02-07 (35:30).
  23. Transmisja na żywo, 2022-06-30 (1:17:34).
  24. Transmisja na żywo, 2022-04-29 (25:16).
  25. Transmisja na żywo, 2022-02-25 (1:10:00).
  26. Transmisja na żywo, 2022-01-28 (7:26).
  27. Transmisja na żywo, 2021-12-23 (40:53).
  28. Transmisja na żywo, 2021-12-23 (50:50).
  29. steven-bear-a2.png
  30. Transmisja na żywo, 2018-10-31 (47:44).
  31. Transmisja na żywo, 2021-07-30 (45:11).
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 32.6 Transmisja na żywo, 2018-01-18 (25:22).
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 alpha and beta phases.png
  34. 34.0 34.1 Transmisja na żywo, 2022-10-14 (17:05).
  35. release-dates.png
  36. 36.0 36.1 Transmisja na żywo, 2022-07-29 (1:08:49).
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 server-wipes.png
  38. 38.0 38.1 Transmisja na żywo, 2022-07-29 (1:10:05).
  39. 39.0 39.1 server wipe.jpg
  40. Alpha one test schedule, Mar 12, 2021.
  41. Transmisja na żywo, 2020-11-30 (7:27).
  42. 42.0 42.1 steven-a1-stress-test.png
  43. Transmisja na żywo, 2021-03-26 (12:34).
  44. 44.0 44.1 What are the minimum requirements for Alpha?
  45. Transmisja na żywo, 2021-12-23 (49:39).
  46. Transmisja na żywo, 2021-12-23 (42:09).
  47. Transmisja na żywo, 2020-09-30 (41:13).
  48. 48.0 48.1 Transmisja na żywo, 2022-03-31 (1:10:43).
  49. Transmisja na żywo, 2020-11-30 (24:51).
  50. 50.0 50.1 Transmisja na żywo, 2021-03-26 (42:28).
  51. Transmisja na żywo, 2021-04-30 (41:18).
  52. Transmisja na żywo, 2018-01-18 (49:26).
  53. Transmisja na żywo, 2020-05-29 (31:37).
  54. alpha-1-nda-1.png
  55. Wywiad, 2018-08-24 (12:18).
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 steven-a1-participation.png
  57. Transmisja na żywo, 2018-08-17 (24:07).
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 Transmisja na żywo, 2017-11-17 (28:50).
  59. 59.0 59.1 Kickstarter packages.
  60. MMOGAMES Interview, 2017-09-8.
  61. beta 0.png
  62. Intrepid pre-order pack.
  63. Adventurer pre-order pack.
  64. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  65. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  66. Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.