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Alpha-2 is the Persistent alpha.[1][2] This release is expected to include the following:

"Persistent" means that the Alpha-2 servers will be kept up all day and night until launch.[1]

  • There may still be character wipes.[9][1]
  • There may still be testing wipes.[9][1]
  • Alpha-2 servers will become the public test servers (PTS) post-launch.[9][1]
    • Used to test patches and updates.
  • Beta-1 and Beta-2 will probably not be persistent.[1]

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.[9]Steven Sharif

Alpha-2 availability

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Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Alpha Alpha-2 (persistent alpha).[1][2] -

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Tulnar race

The Tulnar race will be in place before Alpha-2. Concepts and early works are expected at that time.[3]

Naval schedule

Ship assets will likely be released leading in to Alpha-2.[4]

Emblem, logo and symbol editor

The user interface will allow emblems, logos and symbols to be designed in-game.[11][12][8]

The developers are also considering including image import functionality of user-created content (UCC).[14] This was previously not under consideration.[11]

  • An active GM staff will be monitoring user-created content. Users who upload inappropriate content will place their accounts in jeopardy.[15]

I know previously we had spoken about not allowing custom user images in the game, however I think we're leaning more now in the direction of allowing for custom user images. Absolutely well what it will be is the fact that we're a subscription game and if you want to jeopardize your account by doing the wrong thing with regards to custom users [images] then by all means you may do so and we'll have stringent practices in place to prevent that from actually being an issue.[14]Steven Sharif

With regards to this UCC question, I think when you have an active an active GM team that you know you are you have directed to care take the product you're going to mitigate a lot of that functionality you don't want to see out of this custom image system. People who look to let's say meme the system are going to be met with the type of enforcement that they don't want to have on their account; and being a subscription-based product and being a risk versus reward and maybe a more old-school approach to character development and progression I think they're gonna take a significant risk in doing things that we don't want them to do, which will result in the jeopardy of their account. So I think that is not going to deter a hundred percent of things- I don't think you ever can deter a hundred percent of things unless we go away from custom images- but I think that we can achieve some parity of essentially enforcement versus infraction ratio that's going to be liveable for everybody.[15]Steven Sharif

Emblem editor functionality is tentatively planned for Alpha-2.[8]

Alpha-2 NDA

Alpha-1, Alpha-2, Beta-1, Beta-2 releases are not covered by NDA (non-disclosure agreement).[16]

  • QA testing prior to the full release of Alpha-1 will likely be covered by NDA.[17]
    • The text and voice NDA was lifted from the PI QA testing phase on May 28, 2020.[18]

Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:

Pre-order packs

Ashes of Creation Might of the Murk pre-order packs.[26]

A swamp is a sweltering mass of stagnation and decay, yet beneath and above the billowing depths, life thrives. For those who know where to look, untapped power may be found. Be wary - as with any power, it is well-guarded, and one would do well to remember that the bog is always watching.[26]

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[25]

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[28]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[29]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[9]Steven Sharif

Milestones

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[50]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[51]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[52]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[53]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[54]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[54]

See also

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 alpha and beta phases.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (2:17).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Livestream, 27 September 2018 (54:02).
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  6. Interview, 20 October 2018 (12:38).
  7. Livestream, 28 March 2020 (1:41:11).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Livestream, 31 October 2018 (47:44).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 server-wipes.png
  10. Blog: 10 facts about castle sieges in the MMORPG.
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  15. 15.0 15.1 Interview, 8 July 2020 (48:30).
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  24. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
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  26. 26.0 26.1 Ashes of Creation - July Cosmetics.
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  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).
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  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
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  44. Ashes of Creation Gamescom 2018 Interview: Responding to Criticism.
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  51. kickstarter most funded video game.png
  52. MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.
  53. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.
  54. 54.0 54.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards