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Based on community feedback I decided to prioritize the alpha one testing phase and forego the castle siege Apoc testing until after Alpha One. This is a riskier development path, but demonstrating the mmorpg core systems became higher priority.[1]Steven Sharif

We have a lot of work ahead of us. In 2020, we will be inviting you into the Alpha One test phase where you will get to experience the systems and mechanics of the MMORPG we have all been waiting for. We are excited for all of the data this will provide us with and cannot wait to make the iterations necessary to create the MMORPG of our dreams. The Alpha One experience will not be under NDA, so our glorious community will be able to watch along as our Alpha One testers take their first steps into Verra.[2]Steven Sharif

The Ashes of Creation release schedule is subject to change.[3]

In 2020, you can look forward to new blogs on classes, node types, freehold buildings and equipment. As well as, more in-depth videos that showcase a whole host of systems our Alpha One players will be experiencing in their testing.[2]Steven Sharif

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Pre‑alpha Alpha-0.[4] December 15, 2017.[5]
APOC Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA).[6] September 7, 2018.[7]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA lifted).[8] October 19, 2018.[8]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale open beta.[9] December 18, 2018.[10]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale early access.[11] September 24, 2019.[12]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode PI closed testing.[13] December 19, 2019.[13]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale testing ends.[14] March 10, 2020.[15]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode.[6] After Alpha-1.[14]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[6] After Alpha-1.[14]
Alpha Alpha-1 early look livestream.[16] March 27, 2020.[17]
Alpha-1 limited QA testing (NDA).[18][19] May 28, 2020.[20][21]
Alpha-1 limited QA testing (no NDA).[18] Summer 2020.[21]
Alpha-1 release (no NDA).[18] Fall 2020.[18][21]
Alpha-2 (persistent alpha).[22][23] -
Beta Betas won through the weekly drawings ("Beta-0").[24] After Alphas, but before Betas.[24]
Beta-1. -
Beta-2. -
Pre‑release Head start for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[25] 1-2 days before launch.[25][26]
Release Launch (live) release. To be announced.[27]
Post‑launch Major releases (DLC expansions). Quarterly.[28]
Minor releases. Monthly.[28]

Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:

Ashes of Creation

Ashes of Creation (AoC) is an upcoming MMORPG, set in a high fantasy open world.[35]

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.[36]

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.[35]

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.[36]

Alpha-1

Alpha-1 is a testing release of the Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[42] Alpha-1 will test:

Alpha-2

Alpha-2 is the Persistent alpha.[22][23] This release is expected to include the following:

Beta testing

The Beta-1 and Beta-2 testing phases of Ashes of Creation will be short.[58]

The game should be pretty much done (at beta stage) and final polish and stuff like that being put in. We don't want people to get totally burnt out on the game before we actually release. So once we get to the beta phases it should be short and sweet.[58]Jeffrey Bard

Beta testing of Ashes of Creation (the MMORPG) will be closed.[60]

Head start

Head start grants early access one or two days prior to the live launch of Ashes of Creation for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[61]

The point of head start is twofold: One for testing, making sure that the live launch servers pre-wipe are good; and then Two, it's a way to stagger the population move into the game. Because if you have servers with 10,000 concurrent player capability and you have everyone logging in at the exact same time, that is a problem I've never seen an MMO tackle successfully, ever.[62]Steven Sharif

Headstart servers

The number of head start servers is estimated to be three. This is subject to change.[63]

  • There will be an OCE headstart server.[64]

Headstart limitations

The game functionality is limited during the head start period so that players cannot decide the world-scape earlier than others.[65]

  • During the head start, the node system will be deactivated.
  • Head start specific servers are also planned.
  • It will not be possible to secure player housing during the headstart period due to the deactivation of the node system.

NDA

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[69]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[70]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[71]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse early access trailer.[73][74]

The standalone prequel to the upcoming epic MMORPG Ashes of Creation - both a testing ground for new systems and content, as well as a unique last-man-standing action game where magic, steel, and chaos reign supreme in a high fantasy, free-to-play experience.[73]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse (also referred to as APOC)[75] was a free-to-play[76] matchmaking-based arena game with three primary modes.[77]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse utilizes action-based combat.[77][43][79]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale early access testing ended on March 10, 2020.[15]

Milestones

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[101]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[102]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[103]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[104]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[105]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[105]

See also

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Blog: Creative Director's Letter
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  4. alpha-0 pre-alpha.png
  5. 5.0 5.1 Livestream, 2018-01-18 (2:48).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Livestream, 2018-09-01 (54:06).
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  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 alpha1-phase-1-update.png
  9. Press release - Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Launches December 18.
  10. apoc-beta.png
  11. Blog: Ashes of Creation Apocalypse heads into early access.
  12. @AoCApocalypse on Twitter.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Livestream, 2019-12-17 (18:33).
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Blog: Early Access for Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Battle Royale Testing Ends.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 apoc-offline.png
  16. March 2020 newsletter.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Video, 2020-03-23 (0:01).
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  19. 19.0 19.1 alpha-1-nda-1.png
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  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 beta 0.png
  25. 25.0 25.1 Founder.png
  26. Braver of Worlds.png
  27. Livestream, 2019-03-08 (57:26).
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  30. MMOGAMES Interview, 8 September 2017.
  31. Intrepid pre-order pack.
  32. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  33. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  34. Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
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  36. 36.0 36.1 Ashes of Creation MMO.
  37. Video, 2019-08-20 (0:0).
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  54. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (2:17).
  55. Livestream, 2018-09-27 (54:02).
  56. Interview, 2018-10-20 (0:00).
  57. Livestream, 2018-10-31 (47:44).
  58. 58.0 58.1 Livestream, 2018-10-31 (57:22).
  59. steven-bear-beta-1.png
  60. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (6:39).
  61. kickstarter head start.png
  62. Podcast, 2018-08-04 (2:00:05).
  63. Interview, 2018-08-08 (25:53).
  64. head-start-oce-2018-8-8.png
  65. headstart.jpg
  66. Livestream, 2018-01-18 (49:26).
  67. 67.0 67.1 Livestream, 2020-05-29 (31:37).
  68. Interview, 2018-08-24 (12:18).
  69. 69.0 69.1 69.2 Livestream, 2017-11-17 (28:50).
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  72. Ashes of Creation Apocalypse official site.
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  82. Livestream, 2018-09-27 (9:08).
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  84. 84.0 84.1 84.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
  85. Ashes Discord.png
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  87. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
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  90. Intrepid Studios Dev Team.
  91. PAX West 2017 Schedule.
  92. PAX West 2017 Map.
  93. GDC.png
  94. PAX East.png
  95. gamescom.png
  96. Ashes of Creation Gamescom 2018 Interview: Responding to Criticism.
  97. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  98. Intrepid Studios Extra Life 2018 (@MediaAoC).
  99. Interview, 2019-04-15 (5:09).
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  102. kickstarter most funded video game.png
  103. MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.
  104. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.
  105. 105.0 105.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards