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

  • QA testing prior to the full release of Alpha-1 is covered by NDA.[2][3]
    • The text and voice NDA was lifted from the PI QA testing phase on May 28, 2020.[2]
    • The NDA will be lifted for the May 2021 Alpha-1 preview spot tests.[4]

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![5]Sarah Flanagan

Release schedule

We will be prolonging the NDA testing based on data collected during our February Alpha One Preview. This means that our non-NDA Alpha One Preview is now scheduled to occur from May 14 to May 21, 2021, and our Alpha One test is scheduled from June 1 to June 30, 2021. Intermittent downtimes may occur during weekends for updates and as we patch in new bug fixes and content changes. As eager as our team is to open the gateways to Verra for you, we ultimately feel this is the right decision in order to make sure everyone can test the features we’d like to focus on during Alpha One, and the performance is reflective of the insights we have gained through these preview tests.[4]Steven Sharif

The Ashes of Creation release schedule is subject to change.[6]

Over the past few months of testing, we have made significant progress with our Alpha One features and performance. The preview tests in December and February provided valuable data that my team has been working diligently to iterate upon in order to improve our performance and diagnostic capabilities.[4]Steven Sharif

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Pre‑alpha Alpha-0.[7] December 15, 2017.[8]
APOC Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA).[9] September 7, 2018.[10]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA lifted).[11] October 19, 2018.[11]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale open beta.[12] December 18, 2018.[13]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale early access.[14] September 24, 2019.[15]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode PI closed testing.[16] December 19, 2019.[16]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale testing ends.[17] March 10, 2020.[18]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode.[9] After Alpha-1.[19][17]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[9] After Alpha-1.[19][17]
Alpha Alpha-1 early preview livestream.[20] March 27, 2020.[21]
Alpha-1 limited QA testing (NDA).[22][3] May 28, 2020.[23][24]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 1 (NDA).[25] Dec 18 - Dec 21 2020.[25]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 2 (NDA).[25] Feb 19 - Feb 22 2021.[26][27]
Alpha-1 preview intermittent spot testing (NDA).[4] Mar 19 - June 1 2021.[4]
Alpha-1 preview one week test (no NDA).[4] May 14 - May 21 2021.[4]
Alpha-1 one month test (no NDA).[4] June 1 - June 30 2021.[4]
Alpha-1 additional tests.[28] To be announced.[28]
Alpha-2 (persistent alpha).[29][30] To be announced.[31]
Beta Beta-1. To be announced.[31]
Beta-2. To be announced.[31]
Pre‑release Head start for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[32] 1-2 days before launch.[32][33]
Release Launch (live) release. To be announced.[31][34]
Post‑launch Major releases (DLC expansions). Quarterly or six-monthly.[35][36]
Minor releases. Monthly.[35][36]

Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:


Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[45]

See also