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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. To be announced.[4]
Beta-2. To be announced.[4]

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Beta NDA

Alpha-1, Alpha-2, Beta-1, Beta-2 releases are not covered by NDA (non-disclosure agreement).[5]

  • Alpha-1 testing prior to the full release of Alpha-1 was covered by NDA.[6][7]
    • NDA review and acceptance is done via the game client.[8]
    • The text and voice NDA was lifted from the PI QA testing phase on May 28, 2020.[6]
    • The verbal NDA was lifted from Alpha-1 preview testing, and future testing, on May 17, 2021.[9]
    • The NDA was lifted on July 9, 2021 for the three day Alpha-1 preview weekend test.[10][11]
    • The NDA was lifted on July 14, 2021 for Alpha-1.[12]

We are extremely excited to invite folks to this glorious milestone of our development journey with NO NDA as we want everyone to be able to provide feedback unfiltered. During Alpha One testing, we'll be looking for your feedback specifically on the following things: download and installation process, client performance, and server performance.[12]

Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:

Pre-order packs

Zenith's Advent pre-order packs.[20]

The radiant orb hangs high in the sky once more, surveying all of existence and granting Verra the warmth and succor of its light. The land swells with life as it greets the day, the coming of summer marking a time of great import for those who honor the sun. Many benefit, but none more so than the seemingly endless seas of trees that dot the world.[20]

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[19]

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.[21]Steven Sharif

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[23]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[24]

  • Alpha-1 testing phases will include full wipes.[25]
  • Servers may also be wiped between individual tests, unless the developers require progression to be saved for certain spot tests.[26]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[27]Steven Sharif

Milestones

December 2015 First team members were hired.[28]
February 2016 Ashes of Creation design documentation and prototyping.[29][28]
December 10, 2016 Official website was launched and project announced.[28]
January 18, 2017 Official discord was launched.[30]
May 2, 2017 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign launched with $750,000 funding goal.[31]
June 3, 2017 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign completed with 19,576 backers raising $3,271,809.[32]
June 2017 Game production began with a team size of 15-20.[29]
June 21, 2017 Summer crowdfunding campaign launched.[33]
July 22, 2017 Summer crowdfunding campaign completed with 2,485 backers.[34]
September 1, 2017 PAX West 2017.[35][36]
November 4, 2017 Raised $16,500 for Extra Life children's hospitals.[37]
December 15, 2017 Alpha-0 released on schedule.[38]
March 19-23, 2018 Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018.[39]
April 5, 2018 PAX East 2018.[40]
August 15, 2018 Last day for purchases of Alpha-1 through Intrepid pre-order packs.[41]
August 20, 2018 At Gamescom with My.com.[42]
August 27, 2018 100 developers working on Ashes of Creation.[43]
September 1, 2018 PAX West 2018 panel.[44]
October 19, 2018 Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale (previously called Alpha-1 phase 1 battlegrounds).[45]
November 4, 2018 Raised $20,518 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[46]
April 15, 2019 60 developers working on Ashes of Creation at San Diego offices (following disengagement with Malaysian art team).[47]
November 3, 2019 Raised $20,901 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[48]
August 21, 2020 Announced a mutual parting of ways with publisher My.games.[49]
October 17, 2020 Almost 3,000,000 registered accounts for Ashes of Creation.[50]
October 17, 2020 ~87 developers working on Ashes of Creation.[51]
November 8, 2020 Raised $88,546 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[52]
February 26, 2021 Official ashesofcreation.com website redesign.[53]
May 5, 2021 Alpha-1 sales resumed with the announcement of the Adventurer pre-order pack.[54]
May 17, 2021 Verbal NDA was lifted from Alpha-1 testing.[9]
July 9, 2021 Alpha-1 no-NDA preview weekend began on schedule.[10]
July 11, 2021 Alpha-1 no-NDA preview weekend completed on schedule.[55]
July 14, 2021 Alpha-1 no-NDA began on schedule.[56][12]

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[57]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[58]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[59]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[60]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[61]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[61]
  • Best indie MMO of 2020 – massivelyop.com reader's poll.[62]
  • Most anticipated MMO of 2021 and beyond – massivelyop.com reader's poll.[63]
  • Forbes: Top 10 Best Upcoming New MMORPGs For 2021 And Beyond.[64]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Livestream, 31 October 2018 (57:22).
  2. steven-bear-beta-1.png
  3. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (6:39).
  4. 4.0 4.1 release-dates.png
  5. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (49:26).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Livestream, 29 May 2020 (31:37).
  7. alpha-1-nda-1.png
  8. toast-nda.png
  9. 9.0 9.1 steven-a1-verbal-nda.png
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ashes of Creation Twitter - Alpha-1 Preview Weekend Begins
  11. Alpha One Schedule Update, May 10 2021.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Guide to Alpha One.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Kickstarter packages.
  14. MMOGAMES Interview, 8 September 2017.
  15. beta 0.png
  16. Intrepid pre-order pack.
  17. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  18. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Ashes of Creation Store: July cosmetics.
  21. steven-cosmetics.png
  22. Interview, 24 August 2018 (12:18).
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).
  24. server wipe.jpg
  25. Alpha one test schedule, Mar 12, 2021.
  26. Livestream, 30 November 2020 (7:27).
  27. server-wipes.png
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
  29. 29.0 29.1 steven-milestones.png
  30. Ashes Discord.png
  31. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter campaign
  32. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
  33. Summer Crowdfunding.png
  34. summerended.png
  35. PAX West 2017 Schedule.
  36. PAX West 2017 Map.
  37. Intrepid Studios Dev Team.
  38. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (2:48).
  39. GDC.png
  40. PAX East.png
  41. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  42. gamescom.png
  43. Ashes of Creation Gamescom 2018 Interview: Responding to Criticism.
  44. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  45. alpha1-phase-1-update.png
  46. Intrepid Studios Extra Life 2018 (@MediaAoC).
  47. Interview, 15 April 2019 (5:09).
  48. extralife2019.png
  49. Blog: New Adventure Awaits.
  50. Interview, 17 October 2020 (18:36).
  51. Interview, 17 October 2020 (56:55).
  52. extralife2020.png
  53. Livestream, 26 February 2021 (9:51).
  54. Ashes of Creation Store: May cosmetics.
  55. steven-a1preview-end.png
  56. toast-a1-launch.png
  57. kickstarter most funded MMORPG.png
  58. kickstarter most funded video game.png
  59. MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.
  60. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.
  61. 61.0 61.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards
  62. MassivelyOP 2020 awards reader's poll.
  63. MassivelyOP reader's poll.
  64. Forbes: Top 10 Best Upcoming New MMORPGs For 2021 And Beyond