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2020 will prove to be a year of progress and MMORPG testing. Next month, we will begin internal testing of the MMORPG Alpha One client. I am also proud to announce that at the Game Developers Conference in March of 2020, we will be showing off an early look at Alpha One.[1]Steven Sharif

We have a lot of work ahead of us. In 2020, we will be inviting you into the Alpha One test phase where you will get to experience the systems and mechanics of the MMORPG we have all been waiting for. We are excited for all of the data this will provide us with and cannot wait to make the iterations necessary to create the MMORPG of our dreams. The Alpha One experience will not be under NDA, so our glorious community will be able to watch along as our Alpha One testers take their first steps into Verra.[1]Steven Sharif

Additionally, 2020 will see the public testing of our Castle Siege mode in Apocalypse, where players will be able to experience our objective-based warfare, siege weapons, and destruction systems that will be employed in the MMORPG. As we continue development, we will be working to always improve our communication with our amazing community.[1]Steven Sharif

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

In 2020, you can look forward to new blogs on classes, node types, freehold buildings and equipment. As well as, more in-depth videos that showcase a whole host of systems our Alpha One players will be experiencing in their testing.[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 castle siege mode.[5] 2020.[1]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[5] To be announced.[13]
Alpha Alpha-1.[14] It is possible that Alpha-1 is released prior to horde mode.[15] 2020.[1]
Alpha-2 (persistent alpha).[16][17] -
Beta Betas won through the weekly drawings ("Beta-0").[18] After Alphas, but before Betas.[18]
Beta-1. -
Beta-2. -
Pre‑release Head start for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[19] 1-2 days before launch.[19][20]
Release Launch (live) release. To be announced.[21]
Post‑launch Major releases (DLC expansions). Quarterly.[22]
Minor releases. Monthly.[22]

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.[29]

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.[30]

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.[29]

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.[30]

Alpha-1

Alpha-1 is a testing release of the Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[37] Alpha-1 will test:

It is possible that Alpha-1 is released prior to Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[15]

Alpha-2

Alpha-2 is the Persistent alpha.[16][17] This release is expected to include the following:

Beta testing

The Beta-1 and Beta-2 testing phases of Ashes of Creation will be short.[49]

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.[49]Jeffrey Bard

Beta testing of Ashes of Creation (the MMORPG) will be closed.[50]

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.[51]

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.[52]Steven Sharif

Headstart servers

The number of head start servers is estimated to be three. This is subject to change.[53]

  • There will be an OCE headstart server.[54]

Headstart limitations

The game functionality is limited during the head start period so that players cannot decide the world-scape earlier than others.[55]

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

NDA

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress testing NDA was lifted on 19 October 2018 at 6:30PM (PDT).[7][57]

Stress testers may discuss their experience. However visuals, including streams, video recording and screenshots for the stress test are under NDA. Unlike other studios, our community quite literally is first in, to Verra. And the stress test might be messy... Only visuals are under NDA.[59][60]Steven Sharif

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[62]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[63]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse early access trailer.[65][66]

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.[65]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse (also referred to as APOC)[67] is a free-to-play[68] matchmaking-based arena game with three primary modes.[69]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse utilizes action-based combat.[69][38][71]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse early access is available for download on the official website and on Steam.[64][65]

Steam really provides a great platform that reaches a lot of different users all of which you know exists in different demographics and interests; and it makes sense from a matchmaking game standpoint for a game like APOC to really funnel as many players as possible, because it gives us the most amount of data. It allows us to kickoff matches very regularly and it also introduces people who might not normally be introduced this early on to what Ashes of Creation is as a IP. As a MMORPG development it gives us access to those people. So that was really kind of what led us to you know change our minds with regards to our approach to steam with Apocalypse. With regards to the MMORPG, there are currently still no plans for the MMORPG to be on steam.[76]Steven Sharif

Milestones

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[94]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[95]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[96]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[97]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[98]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[98]

See also

References

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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Livestream, 1 September 2018 (54:06).
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 alpha1-phase-1-update.png
  8. 8.0 8.1 Press release - Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Launches December 18.
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  10. Blog: Ashes of Creation Apocalypse heads into early access.
  11. @AoCApocalypse on Twitter.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Livestream, 17 December 2019 (18:33).
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  14. Livestream, 4 May 2018 (47:57).
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  31. Video, 20 August 2019 (0:0).
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  37. Video, 5 April 2018 (1:01:40).
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  56. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (49:26).
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  61. Interview, 24 August 2018 (12:18).
  62. 62.0 62.1 62.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).
  63. server wipe.jpg
  64. 64.0 64.1 Ashes of Creation Apocalypse official site.
  65. 65.0 65.1 65.2 Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Early Access.
  66. Video, 24 September 2019 (0:10).
  67. Livestream, 31 October 2018 (35:00).
  68. Livestream, 31 October 2018 (38:47).
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  90. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
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  96. MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.
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  98. 98.0 98.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards