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I am happy to announce the dates for Alpha One testing. This schedule will include Alpha One testers for a 4-day stress test starting on December 18, 2020. Now this first test will remain under NDA, as there will still likely be some considerable polish and bug fixing necessary. I will of course provide some recorded footage of the event so the community at large can see the testing. The gap between the December test and the February test will provide our team with the time necessary to iterate and fix bugs, then in March we will aim to have a 1-week test stood up in preparation for the final month-long test in April.[1]Steven Sharif

The Ashes of Creation release schedule is subject to change.[2]

We have a very, very busy 4th quarter ahead of us, and the team will be hard at work preparing for the Alpha One test dates. The content push is well underway internally for the Alpha Two and Beta test periods. Plus, much of what Alpha One brings will help us identify areas of reworking that are necessary, and will prompt many community discussions.[1]Steven Sharif

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Pre‑alpha Alpha-0.[3] December 15, 2017.[4]
APOC Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA).[5] September 7, 2018.[6]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA lifted).[7] October 19, 2018.[7]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale open beta.[8] December 18, 2018.[9]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale early access.[10] September 24, 2019.[11]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode PI closed testing.[12] December 19, 2019.[12]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale testing ends.[13] March 10, 2020.[14]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode.[5] After Alpha-1.[15][13]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[5] After Alpha-1.[15][13]
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 preview pre-test 1 (NDA).[1] Dec 18 - Dec 21 2020.[1]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 2 (NDA).[1] Feb 19 - Feb 22 2021.[1]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 3 (no NDA).[1] Mar 19 - Mar 26 2021.[1]
Alpha-1 release (no NDA).[1][22] April 6 - May 6 2021.[1]
Alpha-2 (persistent alpha).[23][24] -
Beta Betas won through the weekly drawings ("Beta-0").[25] After Alphas, but before Betas.[25]
Beta-1. -
Beta-2. -
Pre‑release Head start for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[26] 1-2 days before launch.[26][27]
Release Launch (live) release. To be announced.[28]
Post‑launch Major releases (DLC expansions). Quarterly.[29]
Minor releases. Monthly.[29]

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.[36]

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.[37]

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.[36]

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.[37]

Alpha-1

Alpha-1 early preview.[17]

This is a true development alpha. This is not a marketing alpha; and what that means is as you know part of the process here in developing Ashes of Creation is being open with that development so you guys can see that progress; and it is a double-edged sword. There are going to be a spectrum of people that exists who are very involved with the game's development and those who are just completely at an arm's length away in understanding the process; and they may look at alpha one- the people who don't really understand the development process or haven't been a part of it- they may look at it and they may think oh you know this is trash, looks like trash, you know whatever it's the end-product. But at the end of the day what's important for us and what yields the best possible product is for us to include as much as possible the community in that development process with no NDA so that you guys give valuable feedback; and as we go through the iterative process in further defining the game and fleshing out that content were doing so with the player in mind and their voice in our ear. That is I think one of the key distinguishing factors between our development and many developments that you guys may have seen in the past.[38]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 is a testing release of the Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[41] Alpha-1 will test:

Alpha-2

Alpha-2 is the Persistent alpha.[23][24] This release is expected to include the following:

UI, tutorial systems, and much of the questing will remain placeholder for Alpha One, and won't really come online until Alpha Two.[1]Steven Sharif

Beta testing

The Beta-1 and Beta-2 testing phases of Ashes of Creation will be short.[66]

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.[66]Jeffrey Bard

Beta testing of Ashes of Creation (the MMORPG) will be closed.[68]

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.[69]

  • Head start is a means to gradually ramp up the population to avoid player concurrency issues at launch.[70]
  • Head start will also be a way to address any last-minute launch or deployment issues.[71]

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.[70]Steven Sharif

Headstart servers

The number of head start servers is estimated to be three. This is subject to change.[72]

  • There will be an OCE headstart server.[73]

Headstart limitations

The game functionality is limited during the head start period so that players cannot decide the world-scape earlier than others.[74]

  • During the head start, the node system will be deactivated.[74]
  • Head start specific servers are also planned.[74]
  • It will not be possible to secure player housing during the headstart period due to the deactivation of the node system.[74]

Head start was not a mistake, I tend to listen to my development team with regards to their vast past experiences in mmo launches and development. Advice from engineering on head starts was they are extremely desired in order to test any last minute launch/deployment issues that “always” happen. So I did as much as possible to mitigate the potential p2w elements/issues while still adhering to sound development principles. Including designating which servers are head start servers. So wanna make sure we don’t “chop” this one as a mistake or misstep. Everything done is done to ensure a quality launch/product.[71]Steven Sharif

NDA

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[77]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[78]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[79]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse early access trailer.[81][82]

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.[81]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse (also referred to as APOC)[83] was a free-to-play[84] matchmaking-based arena game with three primary modes.[85]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse utilizes action-based combat.[85][42][87]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale early access testing ended on March 10, 2020.[14]

Milestones

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[113]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[114]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[115]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[116]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[117]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[117]

See also

References

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  10. Blog: Ashes of Creation Apocalypse heads into early access.
  11. @AoCApocalypse on Twitter.
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  38. Livestream, 30 November 2020 (15:35).
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