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Alpha-1 is available for purchase again via the Adventurer pre-order pack from May 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. pacific time until June 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. pacific time.[1][2][3]

Alpha-1 playtest schedule

In our February testing, we hit some challenges and have spent the last few weeks addressing those issues. Of course, at the onset of our Alpha One schedule we acknowledged that we may see some changes as we move through the different phases and undiscovered work becomes visible. As we have been addressing these challenges, my team has determined that additional polish is needed in order to guarantee a smoother Alpha One testing phase, and yesterday I approved this NDA extension. I know that is not what you want to hear, but my team and I are committed to excellence for Ashes of Creation, and honestly, this is the purpose of these Alphas and Betas - to discover issues and address them as early as possible. I am committed to bringing you along on that journey, regardless of the good, bad, or ugly.[6]Steven Sharif

In the meantime, we will continue with our periodic spot testing under NDA with our Glorious Alpha One testers, as we work to deploy updates between now and May's testing. We, of course, will continue to show footage of testing in our March and April live stream updates, so please make sure to tune in there and on our socials for more updates! It’s been a thrill to see the world of Verra take shape with each update - this would not be possible without the help of our glorious community and hard work of our incredible Alpha One testers. Thank you all for your continued support, patience, and feedback as we march forward towards our major Alpha One milestone.[6]Steven Sharif

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Alpha-1 Alpha-1 early preview livestream.[7] March 27, 2020.[8]
Alpha-1 limited QA testing (NDA).[9][10] May 28, 2020.[11][12]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 1 (NDA).[13] Dec 18 - Dec 21 2020.[13]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 2 (NDA).[13] Feb 19 - Feb 22 2021.[14][15]
Alpha-1 preview intermittent spot testing (NDA).[6] Mar 19 - June 1 2021.[6]
Alpha-1 preview one week test (no NDA).[6] May 14 - May 21 2021.[6]
Alpha-1 one month test (no NDA).[6] June 1 - June 30 2021.[6]
Alpha-1 additional tests.[16] To be announced.[16]

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The term "alpha" is a tricky one, and it typically has 2 meanings in gaming. The development meaning for alpha is a point in the process where we are ready to test the fundamental systems in their core form, without polish and without much of the content. Then, there is the external or "marketing" term for alpha. This is typically applied to Eastern-ported MMORPGs, when in fact that is a completed game being localized for a region, and not really indicative of a true development alpha. As you may know by now, game development has many stages - from the initial tech demos to the pre-production and pre-alpha states, then on to the alphas and betas and eventually launch.[13]Steven Sharif

I want to make emphatically clear, our alphas and betas are true development alphas and betas, and some have said I am crazy to allow these phases to be seen without an NDA…maybe I am crazy? lol… But I am trusting the community of gamers out there to get a glimpse into the process, and understand the long road ahead for what will eventually be worth the wait. Given time and talent, amazing things can happen, so make sure you help us in communicating that we are in open development which means people get to see the bare bones before the meat. And look, I know people see our 4K footage and say, "This looks better than most released games!", but trust me when I say, you ain't seen nothin’ yet.[13]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 participation

Alpha-1 testing is available to the following participants:

There were slightly under 10,000 participants in Alpha-1 testing as of August, 2018.[17]

Adventurer pre-order pack FAQ

How long will the Adventurer pre-order pack be available?
If I purchase the Adventurer pre-order pack, when can I participate in Alpha-1 testing?
Will there be a limited number of Adventurer pre-order packs available?
  • We have not announced any plans to limit the quantity of available Adventurer Pre-order Packages. However, keep in mind that the Adventurer Pre-order Package will only be available for purchase until June 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific.[1]
If I already own a pre-order package, how can I get access to Alpha-1?
If I’m a Kickstarter or Summer crowdfunding campaign backer, how can I get access to Alpha-1?
Who is eligible to participate in Alpha-1 testing?
Where can I get more info on Alpha-1 testing if I’m participating?
  • Keep an eye out for emails from our team with more details on how to download and play! We'll also email you more info on how to get the latest testing updates on our Discord and forums. If you don’t receive any emails and you believe you should, please reach out to our Support team directly here.[1]

Alpha-1 NDA

Alpha-1, Alpha-2, Beta-1, Beta-2 releases are not covered by NDA (non-disclosure agreement).[18]

  • QA testing prior to the full release of Alpha-1 is covered by NDA.[19][10]
    • The text and voice NDA was lifted from the PI QA testing phase on May 28, 2020.[19]
    • The NDA will be lifted for the May 2021 Alpha-1 preview spot tests.[6]

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![20]Sarah Flanagan

Alpha testing system requirements

Alpha-1 stress testing, March 17, 2021.[21]

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?[21]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.[22]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation alpha testing minimum system specification.[23]

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

Recommended specification.[23]

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

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