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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.[5]

Beta release schedule

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Beta Beta-1. To be announced.[6]
Beta-2. To be announced.[6]

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Beta NDA

Alpha-1, Alpha-2, Beta-1, Beta-2 releases are not covered by NDA (non-disclosure agreement).[7]

Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:

The game will be feature complete before Beta... Beta really is intended to identify last minute bugs to make sure that everything is ready for launch; it's important that all features are complete by Beta-1. Alpha-2 will not be feature complete at the start of Alpha-2. There are going to be updates that are going to be incorporated as part of the Alpha-2 process and there are going to be additional features that come online that get fleshed out between that time and Beta-1. There's going to be regions of the maps that aren't going to be accessible of course during Alpha-2.[2]Steven Sharif

Pre-order packs

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[17]

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.[18]Steven Sharif

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[20]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[21]

  • Alpha-1 testing phases will include full wipes.[22]
  • Servers may also be wiped between individual tests, unless the developers require progression to be saved for certain spot tests.[23]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[24]Steven Sharif

Milestones

December 2015 First team members were hired.[25]
February 2016 Ashes of Creation design documentation and prototyping.[26][25]
December 10, 2016 Official website was launched and project announced.[25]
January 18, 2017 Official discord was launched.[27]
May 2, 2017 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign launched with $750,000 funding goal.[28]
June 3, 2017 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign completed with 19,576 backers raising $3,271,809.[29]
June 2017 Game production began with a team size of 15-20.[26]
June 21, 2017 Summer crowdfunding campaign launched.[30]
July 22, 2017 Summer crowdfunding campaign completed with 2,485 backers.[31]
September 1, 2017 PAX West 2017.[32][33]
November 4, 2017 Raised $16,500 for Extra Life children's hospitals.[34]
December 15, 2017 Alpha-0 released on schedule.[35]
March 19-23, 2018 Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018.[36]
April 5, 2018 PAX East 2018.[37]
August 15, 2018 Last day for purchases of Alpha-1 through Intrepid pre-order packs.[38]
August 20, 2018 At Gamescom with My.com.[39]
August 27, 2018 100 developers working on Ashes of Creation.[40]
September 1, 2018 PAX West 2018 panel.[41]
October 19, 2018 Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale (previously called Alpha-1 phase 1 battlegrounds).[42]
November 4, 2018 Raised $20,518 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[43]
April 15, 2019 60 developers working on Ashes of Creation at San Diego offices (following disengagement with Malaysian art team).[44]
November 3, 2019 Raised $20,901 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[45]
August 21, 2020 Announced a mutual parting of ways with publisher My.games.[46]
October 17, 2020 Almost 3,000,000 registered accounts for Ashes of Creation.[47]
October 17, 2020 ~87 developers working on Ashes of Creation.[48]
November 8, 2020 Raised $88,546 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[49]
February 26, 2021 Official ashesofcreation.com website redesign.[50]
May 5, 2021 Alpha-1 sales resumed with the announcement of the Adventurer pre-order pack.[51]
May 17, 2021 Verbal NDA was lifted from Alpha-1 testing.[52]
July 9, 2021 Alpha-1 no-NDA preview weekend began on schedule.[53]
July 11, 2021 Alpha-1 no-NDA preview weekend completed on schedule.[54]
July 14, 2021 Alpha-1 no-NDA month long test began on schedule.[55][56]
August 15, 2021 Alpha-1 no-NDA month long test completed on schedule.[57]
November 7, 2021 Raised $34,485 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[58]
December 23, 2021 Announced that Ashes of Creation is moving to Unreal Engine 5.[59][60]
January 14, 2022 Over 120 people working on Ashes of Creation.[61]

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[62]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[63]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[64]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[65]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[66]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[66]
  • Best indie MMO of 2020 – massivelyop.com reader's poll.[67]
  • Most anticipated MMO of 2021 and beyond – massivelyop.com reader's poll.[68]
  • Forbes: Top 10 Best Upcoming New MMORPGs For 2021 And Beyond.[69]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Livestream, 31 October 2018 (57:22).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Livestream, 29 July 2022 (1:08:49).
  3. steven-bear-beta-1.png
  4. Livestream, 27 August 2021 (1:19:43).
  5. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (6:39).
  6. 6.0 6.1 release-dates.png
  7. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (49:26).
  8. Livestream, 29 May 2020 (31:37).
  9. alpha-1-nda-1.png
  10. 10.0 10.1 Kickstarter packages.
  11. MMOGAMES Interview, 8 September 2017.
  12. beta 0.png
  13. Intrepid pre-order pack.
  14. Adventurer pre-order pack.
  15. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  16. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  18. steven-cosmetics.png
  19. Interview, 24 August 2018 (12:18).
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).
  21. server wipe.jpg
  22. Alpha one test schedule, Mar 12, 2021.
  23. Livestream, 30 November 2020 (7:27).
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  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
  26. 26.0 26.1 steven-milestones.png
  27. Ashes Discord.png
  28. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter campaign
  29. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
  30. Summer Crowdfunding.png
  31. summerended.png
  32. PAX West 2017 Schedule.
  33. PAX West 2017 Map.
  34. Intrepid Studios Dev Team.
  35. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (2:48).
  36. GDC.png
  37. PAX East.png
  38. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  39. gamescom.png
  40. Ashes of Creation Gamescom 2018 Interview: Responding to Criticism.
  41. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  42. alpha1-phase-1-update.png
  43. Intrepid Studios Extra Life 2018 (@MediaAoC).
  44. Interview, 15 April 2019 (5:09).
  45. extralife2019.png
  46. Blog: New Adventure Awaits.
  47. Interview, 17 October 2020 (18:36).
  48. Interview, 17 October 2020 (56:55).
  49. extralife2020.png
  50. Livestream, 26 February 2021 (9:51).
  51. Ashes of Creation Store: May cosmetics.
  52. steven-a1-verbal-nda.png
  53. Ashes of Creation Twitter - Alpha-1 Preview Weekend Begins
  54. steven-a1preview-end.png
  55. toast-a1-launch.png
  56. Guide to Alpha One.
  57. alpha-1-end.png
  58. extralife2021.png
  59. Video, 23 December 2021 (0:00).
  60. Livestream, 23 December 2021 (19:59).
  61. Interview, 14 January 2022 (9:11).
  62. kickstarter most funded MMORPG.png
  63. kickstarter most funded video game.png
  64. MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.
  65. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.
  66. 66.0 66.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards
  67. MassivelyOP 2020 awards reader's poll.
  68. MassivelyOP reader's poll.
  69. Forbes: Top 10 Best Upcoming New MMORPGs For 2021 And Beyond