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

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.[1]Jeffrey Bard

Beta testing of Ashes of Creation (the MMORPG) will be closed.[3]

Beta release schedule

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Beta Beta-1. -
Beta-2. -

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Beta NDA

Alpha-1, Alpha-2, Beta-1, Beta-2 releases are not covered by NDA (non-disclosure agreement).[4]

  • QA testing prior to the full release of Alpha-1 is covered by NDA.[5][6]
    • The text and voice NDA was lifted from the PI QA testing phase on May 28, 2020.[5]
    • The NDA will be lifted for the March 2021 Alpha-1 preview tests.[7]

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![8]Sarah Flanagan

Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:

Pre-order packs

Lustrous Cordiality pre-order packs.[16]

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.[16]

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[15]

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.[17]Steven Sharif

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[19]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[20]

  • Servers may also be wiped between individual tests, unless the developers require progression to be saved for certain spot tests.[21]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[22]Steven Sharif

Milestones

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[48]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[49]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[50]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[51]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[52]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[52]
  • Best indie MMO of 2020 – massivelyop.com reader's poll.[53]
  • Most anticipated MMO of 2021 and beyond – massivelyop.com reader's poll.[54]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Livestream, 31 October 2018 (57:22).
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  3. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (6:39).
  4. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (49:26).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Livestream, 29 May 2020 (31:37).
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  7. Blog: Creative Director's Letter, October 16 2020
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  9. 9.0 9.1 Kickstarter packages.
  10. MMOGAMES Interview, 8 September 2017.
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  12. Intrepid pre-order pack.
  13. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  14. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Ashes of Creation Store: February cosmetics.
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  18. Interview, 24 August 2018 (12:18).
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).
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  21. Livestream, 30 November 2020 (7:27).
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  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
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  25. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter campaign
  26. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
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  29. PAX West 2017 Schedule.
  30. PAX West 2017 Map.
  31. Intrepid Studios Dev Team.
  32. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (2:48).
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  34. PAX East.png
  35. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
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  37. Ashes of Creation Gamescom 2018 Interview: Responding to Criticism.
  38. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
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  40. Intrepid Studios Extra Life 2018 (@MediaAoC).
  41. Interview, 15 April 2019 (5:09).
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  43. Blog: New Adventure Awaits.
  44. Interview, 17 October 2020 (18:36).
  45. Interview, 17 October 2020 (56:55).
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  47. Livestream, 26 February 2021 (9:51).
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  50. MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.
  51. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.
  52. 52.0 52.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards
  53. MassivelyOP 2020 awards reader's poll.
  54. MassivelyOP reader's poll.