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Lustrous Cordiality pre-order packs.[1]

Though prowess in battle is easily observed, diplomacy is an art in its own right. To unite is to become strong, and no few historic moments have been etched into eternity through the efforts of those who have fought for a common cause. The efficacy of this practice is not lost upon the Kaelar, and they have gone to great lengths to perfect it.[1]

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[2]

We offer cosmetics for players who wish to support the project early. The exclusive nature of the limited availability is something I think collectors value. If you buy cosmetics as an MMO player, I know I enjoyed if the cosmetic is rare and not every girl at the party is wearing the same dress. In addition, these cosmetics are used to populate the world through NPC variants and color/texture changes so their offering aligns with our production schedule. The good thing about these packs is they contain no P2W advantages and there is no box cost, so from a mechanics standpoint you do not need to buy them to excel in the game on launch. And also, there are comparable and subjectively more grand cosmetics achievable in game as well.[3]Steven Sharif

Pre-order pack cosmetic skins cycle monthly and are never available again for purchase. Apart from the cosmetic skins, the packages can also include subscription time, embers (virtual currency for future cosmetics when the game is live), access to alphas and betas, and other perks such as name reservation.[4]

These packs are completely optional and provide no vital components for succeeding in Ashes.[4]Steven Sharif

15 August 2018 was the last day for purchases of Alpha-1 through Intrepid pre-order packs (History).[5]

  • The developers have stated that sales will not be re-opened until stability issues have been addressed with current Alpha-1 testing. Further updates will be provided in the near future.[6][7][8]
  • If Alpha-1 sales are opened up again, there will be normal upgrade paths as before for pack holders.[9]
  • Ample notice will be given prior to A1 sales being reopened.[10]

We did have our second preview test that was last weekend, and we did hit some snags. That's okay that's a good thing in my opinion and right now this week we have spent the majority of this week- countless hours deep diving into those snags and deploying fixes for them. We will likely be having some additional spot testing with our NDA alpha 1 testers probably starting early next week I'm going to imagine, in order to address some of those issues. As a result I know that I had mentioned I would give an update on the reopening of alpha one sales: At this moment in time I cannot commit to reopening alpha one sales. So we're gonna wait to see if we can get over those issues in a relatively short period of time and then I will come back and give you guys an update on that front- mainly to speak a little bit about you know what we experienced. You know we are obviously trying to push as much as possible getting higher concurrencies on the servers and with that you know we do some changes on the networking side in order to facilitate those those goals and it's a step-by-step process where you know we make changes, we collect data, we analyze the data, we deploy fixes, we make additional changes. This is what the iteration process looks like at least from a technical perspective and how we want to accommodate what our overarching architecture goals are.[6]Steven Sharif

Wayfarer pre-order pack

The Wayfarer pre-order pack is available from the Cosmetic store.[11]

Expeditionary pre-order pack

The Expeditionary pre-order pack is available from the Cosmetic store.[11]

Voyager pre-order pack

The Voyager pre-order pack is available from the Cosmetic store.[11]

Voyager plus pre-order pack

The Voyager plus pre-order pack is available from the Cosmetic store.[11]

Cosmetics

Rime and Regal‎ pre-order pack cosmetics.[13]

We are very transparent in the business model of subscription with cosmetic only marketplace... I respect and understand the opinion of rather having a box price in-place of cosmetics, but that is not the direction I’ve decided to take. After weighing the benefits to the game and its population, I believe a lower barrier to entry is healthier in the long run, and the steady content release and quality of the product will sustain the retention for subscription and in-turn provide a healthier content release strategy for Ashes.[4]Steven Sharif

Cosmetics provide a wide array of customization in Ashes of Creation.[14]

All skin cosmetic items are cosmetic items only and do not grant the user any other benefit. The lore text is flavor text, and background of the creatures and items in the world of Verra.[13]

  • Equitable cosmetics, both from a quantity and quality standpoint, are achievable through in-game means.[16] Cosmetics achievable in-game will be on-par, and in the case of legendary skins, even more elaborate than shop items.[17][18][4]

I want to make sure that equitable cosmetics both from a quantity and quality standpoint are achievable through in-game achievements. Time, effort should let you be happy with what you can accomplish.[16]Steven Sharif

In my opinion quality of cash shop cosmetics should be equal to in game achievable cosmetics, but offer a diverse selection of unique looks.[19]Steven Sharif

The most grand looking cosmetics will be from in-game achievment only.[20]Steven Sharif

From an armor standpoint, we cut armor sets up into many different pieces. These pieces can sometimes be used as part of other sets, that may include helmets, wrists, gloves etc. So while you will not see an achievable white version of the corvid castigator set in the game for example, you may see its shoulder piece used in another set, or its leggings, or wrist piece used in another set (not every piece as to form the whole set, but perhaps a couple pieces). This would be difficult to notice at first glance, due to the material, texture and color variation used, but this modular approach to content creation makes achieving a wide variety of looks achievable for an MMORPG of our size.[17]Steven Sharif

  • Cosmetics can be used by all races but there may be slight variations to make them work with the body builds of each race.[22][23]
  • There will not be mascot looking/furry cosmetics.[24]

It's important to remember, Ashes is a NO-BOX COST subscription only game, with an optional cosmetic marketplace. This achieves a few things from a monetization model. Having a lower barrier to entry for players to try the game when they don't have to fork out $60 for the box price is good, our box price is 0$. This also places an emphasis on the game's retention and our continual updates and content creation to keep players playing and staying subscribed (a put your money where your mouth is sort of philosophy for us as a company). It also means players don't have to spend $60 everytime there is an expansion.[17]Steven Sharif

Is there an answer that satisfies everyone? Nope. And that's ok. We are open and transparent with our philosophies and business model. You know what you are getting with Ashes and to me, given my experiences in other games, it is a nice breath of fresh air.[17]Steven Sharif

Cosmetic store

Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.[2]

There is going to be legendary cosmetics that can be earned and achieved in the game through the game systems, but that's going to take a significant amount of effort and work; and those cosmetics are going to be on-par with the cosmetics offered in the marketplace... What that does is it provides additional revenue to the company so that we can continue to fund the development of content as well and bridge the divide that not having a box cost would have and not having any pay-to-win mechanics whatsoever.[18]Steven Sharif

The Cosmetic store enables players to purchase Cosmetics for use in Ashes of Creation.[25] The cosmetic store offers limited time, limited quantity items to help sustain game development.[16]

  • Equitable cosmetics, both from a quantity and quality standpoint, are achievable through in-game means.[16]
  • Nothing in the cosmetic store will be pay to win.[15]

Nothing in our shop will ever be pay to win as we believe this practice greatly hurts the MMORPG genre.[15]

  • Cash shop cosmetics will offer a diverse selection of unique looks.[19]

I want to incentivize purchase in the cosmetic shop for sustainability of what expansions we have intended, since we are not a box cost. I want to incentivize purchase by offering limited items: limited time, limited quantity, so you have confidence that when you purchase them, they won't be offered later on in some other way.[16]Steven Sharif

  • All cosmetic store items will be non-tradeable.[26] There will be no gifting mechanism for cosmetic items.[27]

I don't want cosmetic items that can be purchased from the market to be transferable... because it is in a way a transfer of money for potentially something in-game.[27]Steven Sharif

Skins

Cinderhorn Steer pre-order pack cosmetic mount skin.[28]

Providing these limited options that collectors out there like when it comes to achieving and/or purchasing cosmetics. It means something I think when players make that decision to purchase or they go through the rigorous portion of achieving those things in game that it is not just everywhere around them and becomes meaningless at that point.[29]Steven Sharif

Pets, Mounts, Costumes, Armor, Buildings and Accessories sold in the cosmetic store are skins.[30]

Pre-order pack addons

Purchasers of pre-order packs have the ability to purchase future individual pre-order pack cosmetics (at the same or lower level as their pack purchase) as add-ons in the month that they are on sale.[4][36]

Pre-order pack upgrades

Cosmetics owned prior to upgrading a pre-order pack are retained.[40]

  • Cosmetics in the new package tiers in the month of the upgrade are gained.[40]

List of pre-order pack cosmetics

See also

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