Instancing

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Dungeons and Raids

Alpha-1 open world dungeon entrance.[1]

80% of the content that will exist in Ashes of Creation is open-world and there's a specific reason for that. So because of the way that friendships and or enemies are forged in the game and people have the opportunity to create their own friends or foes. We want that to play out from a contesting standpoint as well. So a lot of these hunting grounds or raid bosses that people are going to have opportunities to kill, they're going to be essentially contested potentially by your your enemies that you've created in the game or you can work together to create alliances in order to defend those contested zones.[2]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation will be a seamless open-world experience.[3]

  • No loading time or loading screens between regions.

There will be open world dungeons and raids. The aspiration is to maintain the open world feel while being able to capitalize on the benefits of instanced mechanics.[4]

  • Instancing is only going to happen in certain dungeons where the desire is to have greater narrative appeal. Outside of these and arenas there will not be too much instancing anywhere else.[3]
  • There will be an 80/20 split between open world vs instanced encounters.[2][5][6]

We're probably going to do instancing only in certain dungeons and in arenas. You probably won't see instancing too much anywhere else. What you see is gonna be what you get.[3]Jeffrey Bard

The PvP flagging system presents an opportunity for open conflict.[7]

PvP Arenas

Arenas are instanced PvP scenarios and are not part of open world PvP.[9]

Instanced apartments

Apartments are internal only (instanced) spaces within a node that offer some housing functionality.[18] There will be an initial 50 apartments available for purchase when a node advances to a Village (stage 3). Additional apartment buildings can be built at Town (stage 4) if the mayor chooses to construct them and if there is an available plot to do so.[19][20]

  • The number of available apartments increases as a normal part of node advancement.[20]
  • It was previously stated that apartments would be available at Town (stage 4) or above.[18]

The mayor may additionally construct apartment buildings when the node hits stage 4 at one of the building plots in the node, along with cities gaining additional static housing and apartments by default as a normal part of the leveling process.[20]Steven Sharif

Server instancing

There won't be server channels (sharding) on a server.[21][22]

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