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Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode is an Ashes of Creation Apocalypse testing mode where 50 players defend a city against waves of incoming NPCs and player controlled monsters.[1][2][3]

  • Each wave is more difficult than the last.[3]
  • Between waves, players collect experience, money and weapons to take back to their hold to defend against the next wave.[4]
  • Monster coins enable players to join the game as part of the horde.[3]

Horde mode will include adaptive AI boss mechanics.[2] Rewards are obtained dependent on progress against these NPCs.[5]

Horde mode will absolutely include boss mechanics, so some of the ideas behind that is going to have a wave mode of a variety of NPCs will likely include some achievable cosmetics as well in that mode depending on how far you can get and those cosmetics will include pets of the NPCs that you face, so like a little miniature version of the NPC's and we'll update those as well, that you'll have in the MMO.[5]Steven Sharif

Horde mode is specifically for testing.[5]

It's a way that we thought it would be fun to implement AI mechanics that we're looking to implement. Testing the the blackboard for the AI. Being able to have variable types of NPCs that have roles whether it be like a sniper, ranged, melee, boss, heroic different AI focuses for those monsters during interesting situations.[5]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse early access trailer.[7][8]

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.[7]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse (also referred to as APOC)[9] was a free-to-play[10] matchmaking-based arena game with three primary modes.[1]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse utilizes action-based combat.[1][2][11]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale early access testing ended on March 10, 2020.[16]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse release schedule

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
APOC Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA).[3] September 7, 2018.[17]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA lifted).[18] October 19, 2018.[18]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale open beta.[19] December 18, 2018.[20]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale early access.[21] September 24, 2019.[22]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode PI closed testing.[23] December 19, 2019.[23]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale testing ends.[24] March 10, 2020.[16]

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Ashes of Creation Apocalypse servers

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse server selection is driven by the party leader. Whatever region that is selected will apply to their friends and squad.[25][26]

  • North American (East).[26]
  • European (Central).[26]
  • South East Asian (Singapore).[26]

For this play test, no matter where you download and play from, you will be able to queue up and play with your friends from around the world.[26]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse classes

Six classes will be present in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges and Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[27]

These classes relate to the trinity of classes: Tank, DPS and Support.[27][28]

  • Skills/abilities are not tied specifically to weapons in castle siege mode.[29]
    • It was previously stated that weapon skills are applied to augment a class' base skills.[30]
  • Base class skills may be able to be selected from a host of available skills for that class based on a player's progression within that season.[30][31]

We had a little bit of an idea that we're going to explore with regards to each of the classes having a range of skills and abilities that players can customize that skill kit based on their progression within a season, let's say; and that progression can be gained from any of the modes and it would grant you the ability to customize that skill kit for the before the siege mode or the horde mode. But that's something that might come at a later date.[31]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse classes only apply to Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges and Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[32]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse combat

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse is based on action combat.[2][11][1]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse combat targeting

Action combat in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse utilizes a targeting reticle.[35]

  • A hot key can be used to toggle reticle mode on and off.[35]
  • Left mouse click is used for basic weapon attacks.[36]
  • Right mouse click is used as a "focus" button. It can also be used to activate root motion attacks for melee.[36]
  • Combat targeting uses hitbox registration in three separate regions: Upper body, lower body and head.[37]
  • Certain weapons and skills have ADS (Aim Down Sights) functionality.[38][39]

There will be aim down sights. You may have seen it that you can aim down sights on weapons; and there will be scopes on like crossbows and stuff that - arcane scopes - that you can use.[38]Steven Sharif

Some spells do have ADS. There's a long-range meteor blast that can be used from one of the spell books; and that has an arcane zoom in. It lets you zoom into a target.[39]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 will test hybrid action/tab combat.[2][40]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse group sizes

Group sizes in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[41]

There will be an option in the lobby where you are capable of joining a guild based match that you can link parties together up to a maximum of twenty individuals.[41]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse item rarities

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse weapons and abilities get better with each tier.[42]

  1. Blue – uncommon.[43]
  2. Yellow – rare.[43]
  3. Red – legendary.[43]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse progression

The first chapter of Apocalypse is The Exodus. It takes part in the initial stages of the fall and sets the scene for upcoming chapters.[45]

You're going to have an adventuring path and that adventuring path is going to come with weekly quests and daily quests that you can participate in that will be available for the Castle sieges for the Horde and for the Battle Royale; and as you complete these quests you're going to gain experience; and right now you have up to 50 levels, which matches the intended cap for Ashes of Creation. Fifty levels of the adventure path that you can advance in; and as you advance in each of these levels you're going to be unlocking certain assets, such as these weapon skins. Now the great thing about player's progress in Apocalypse is that you will share the same account from Apocalypse to Ashes of Creation the MMORPG and anything that you earn in Apocalypse will be in Ashes of Creation the MMORPG- a unique as a skin exactly: A skin that you will have access to for helping us test write Apocalypse and preparing these different Alpha and Beta stages for Ashes of Creation.[47]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse adventure paths

There are adventure paths (also known as Compendiums) in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse (Battle royale, Castle sieges, Horde mode).[44][47]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse cosmetics

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse cosmetic rewards

All of the skins attained in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse will be usable in the Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[52]

Progression and experience tracking for participation in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse testing entitled players to earn unique cosmetic rewards. These earned rewards will carry over in player's accounts to live launch of the MMORPG.[10][53]

One of the ways we want to give back to the Community in participating in this testing is allowing for progress, quests, achievements rewards to be gained in Apocalypse... You will have rewards and quests and achievements that you and your participation and your performance in that game, whether it be the Castle Siege, the Horde Mode or the Battle Royale will earn you cosmetics. There will be costumes. There will be mounts to earn. There will be housing and furniture. There will be emotes. There will be weapon variants. A lot of these are what we have in production for our project Ashes of Creation, we apply some variants and skins for and make them only available through participating in helping us test these different game modes. And they will carry over to your account on the MMORPG.[10]Steven Sharif

The account used for Apocalypse is the same account used for the MMORPG. Unique skins earned in Apocalypse will be added to the MMORPG as rewards for helping to prepare for the Alpha and Beta stages of Ashes of Creation.[47]

  • Cosmetic skins are only be able to be applied to things that have already been earned, crafted or found within the Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[55]
  • Skins earned in Apocalypse will be available to apply at certain tiers, levels and/or access points within the MMORPG.[55]

So it's not that you'll be able to equip necessarily an item at level one. These are all cosmetic skins. Again we are not about the pay-to-win or pay-to-convenience life. What we want to do instead is as you earn, craft, or find equipment in the MMORPG, these skins that you've earned in Apocalypse will be available at certain tiers, levels and/or access points. So for example, we have different grades of mounts right. We have the base one land mounts. We have the Royal mounts. We have the flying mounts if you're a mayor or King or Queen. We have legendary mounts. These classes of mounts will have available skins associated with those particular classes... If you have the Ramstider skin that you've earned from Apocalypse, you'll be able to apply that to your first land mount, which will probably be earned within the first five levels you'll earn a land mount. However if you have let's say for example the Gryphon, which will be a glideable mount. I'm sorry what's the name of the what's the name of the night one. The midnight- is the midnight bird or something like? The Nighthunter Gryphon. I think that's it. If you have that skin you'll only be able to apply that skin to a Royal mount so you'll still have to earn these things. Remember our position is that of: You need to earn these things in Ashes first. They're not purchasable or earned outside in Apocalypse and you're granted that immediately. These are skins that you apply to the things you earn in Ashes.[55]Steven Sharif

These cosmetics reflect the lore of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse, which is set before the fall.[53]

One thing that we announced to our alpha one backers that I know they love clarity on is that we'll also be including progression and experience tracking for participation and testing that will entitle them to some unique cosmetics as well that reflect on the lore of this setting, which is before the fall. So you'll be able to acquire some armors that reflect some of the ancient cultures of Verra that you will earn and hold for live launch.[53]Steven Sharif

It would be like your ancestors kept these curios for you.[53]Jeffrey Bard

Examples of some Kickstarter rewards will be included in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[56]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse signup gift

A cosmetic sign-up gift will be implemented during Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[57]

As we prepare for the Alpha One Phase 1 deployment, we will be implementing the cosmetic gift for all regions upon sign up, and to all currently registered accounts.[57]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse weapons

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse weapons each have an associated ability. Each weapon has three different tiers.[42] Ranged weapons are currently hitscan based, with the exception of Nightfall, which is projectile-based. Melee weapons are currently cone hitscan based.[61]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse weapon skills

- None -

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse armor

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse armor comes with associated skills/abilities.[63] There are two types of armor: Upper and lower body.[64]

Armor grants damage mitigation.[63]

What you're seeing currently in the Battle Royale feature of Apocalypse is you find armor and that gives you an armor pool and then you can regenerate your armor. What we're going to be experiencing in the castle siege form is each class will have a set amount of armor that they join the match with that's already full and a set amount of health that's already full. Upon losing armor you can either have your armor replenished by an Engineer or there there may be ability for you to find items that are in the world or there could be objectives that replenish armor for the entire team, such as one of the buffs for taking a control point.[65]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse armor skills

- None -

Modular armor

Kaelar base level Ashes of Creation Apocalypse robe set.

You can start to see like some of the components that we put together that we can mix and match and make new armors from. This is the base chassis for all of that.[66]Jeffrey Bard

Your base look for the character can be pretty boring, but what Steven gave us a challenge with from day one was to make sure even the base look, the t-shirt and pants, looked amazing... This is your zero character, if you will... Then you can go in and customize everything from the shoulder pads to the elbow pads, the belt that goes around them; do you want duel belts, you want to harness the clothes in the front. So every piece you see on here you can actually customize that at the front end. So what we do is we scale that up from zero, ten and twenty... We scale it up and we customize it; and then I want to really stress that each one of those looks as you progress is different. We're not just repurposing the same armor pieces. We're making unique sets that complement each other as you progress.[66]Mat Broome

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse will have three different armor themes: Plate, leather and robe.[67]

You can actually have three different types of themes: You have plate, you'll have leather and you'll have robe. So for every armor set that we're showing at each one of those tiers, you're actually gonna have nine unique looks to pick from.[67]Mat Broome

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse potions

- None -

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse map

Forest of Erinthia map

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale Forest of Erinthia map locations.[68]

  • Breakwater Quarry
  • Chillmouth Outpost
  • Coldwind Township
  • Dream Spire
  • Erinthia's Shame
  • Glimmerbrook
  • Hallowed Vale
  • Icebound Lookout
  • Icecap Thicket
  • The Spirit Vault
  • Winstead

Original map

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale locations.[69]

  • Brighthold
  • City of Alerynn
  • City of Gant
  • Creation's Rest
  • Crystal Canyons
  • Farstrider Outpost
  • Fionne Vale
  • Fort Ryll
  • Harbinger
  • Karthmere Keep
  • La'sai Village
  • Nyliann Academy
  • Rotweald Forest
  • Sa'kaan Fens
  • Sky Mesa
  • Spire of Eremus
  • Stoneharbor
  • Town of Grimsale
  • Town of Valenn
  • Underrealm

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse system requirements

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse minimum system specification.[70][71]

  • Operating system: Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2125 3.3GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 3.3GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon 6870 HD with 1GB and DirectX 12
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 11 GB available space

Recommended specification.[70][71]

  • Operating system: Windows 10, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz / AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 Fury with 4GB and DirectX 12
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 16 GB available space

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse camera settings

The Ashes of Creation Apocalypse camera is a tied third-person view, over the shoulder, for the purposes of reticle specific zoom options and aim-down-sights. This is solely intended for the current action combat.[72]

The idea behind our hybrid system is going to obviously be customizable from a traditional higher up third-person view that is seen in MMORPGs; and then to have that customizable so that more action-oriented players might be able to come in closer to the character and have more feasibility there.[72]Steven Sharif

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