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The Ashes of Creation release schedule is subject to change.[1]

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Pre‑alpha Alpha-0 is the friends-and-family[2] pre-alpha.[3][4] December 15, 2017.[5]
Alpha Alpha-1 "soft rollout" available to Braver of worlds backers and above.[6] Short time before Alpha-1 phase 1.[6]
Alpha-1 phase 1 release.[7][8] Third week of September 2018.[9]
Alpha-1 phase 2 release.[10][11][8] Q2 of 2019.[8]
Alpha-2 is the persistent alpha.[12][13] No official date.[14]
Beta Betas won through the weekly drawings ("Beta-0").[15] After Alphas, but before Betas.[15]
Beta-1. 2019.[4]
Beta-2. -
Pre‑release Head start for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[16] 1-2 days before launch.[16][17]
Release Launch (live) release. Before 2020.[18][19]
Post‑launch Major releases (DLC expansions). Quarterly.[20]
Minor releases. Monthly.[20]

Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:

Alpha-1 availability

15 August 2018 is the last day for purchases of Alpha-1 through Intrepid pre-order packs.[8]

Persistent alpha

"Persistent" means that the Alpha-2 servers will be kept up all day and night until launch.[26]

  • There may still be character wipes.
  • There may still be testing wipes.
  • Betas will probably not be persistent.
  • Alpha-2 servers will become the public test servers post-launch.
    • Used to test patches and updates.

NDA

Closed beta

Beta testing of Ashes of Creation will be closed.[28]

Character creator

Alpha-1 phase 2 will include a Character creator.[8]

I would like to have the option for players to go in spend time, create characters save that character and then have it available in their suite their character creation suite as an option to preload at launch that they can take that's those settings and launch the character. I would love for there to be community rewards and competitions for the best made characters that we could do like a monthly kind of thing around and/or additionally I'd like for there to be implementation of housing and a housing suite that you can save your furniture load out as well for building out the interior of housing. I don't know if we'll be able to get to that. It is a cherry on top of the icing. And we'll see how the schedule looks with that regard.[29]Steven Sharif

Character limits

There will be character limits during the Alpha and Beta testing phases. These are probably going to be more relaxed than for live launch.[30]

  • Allow testing of different builds as needed
  • Provide equipment needed to test various scenarios

Pre-order packs

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[25]

Status

Steven Sharif indicated in the 18 January 2018 livestream that Ashes of Creation is "slightly ahead or in a better position than anticipated at this point".[31]

We’re much farther along than many other Kickstarter-funded projects at this phase.[32]Steven Sharif

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[35]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[36]

Milestones

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[48]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[49]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[50]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[51]

See also

References

  1. kickstarter release schedule.png
  2. 2.0 2.1 Livestream, 15 December 2017 (15:00).
  3. 3.0 3.1 alpha-0 pre-alpha.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 MMOGAMES Interview, 8 September 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Livestream, 18 January 2018 (2:48).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Podcast, 23 April 2018 (1:02:32).
  7. Podcast, 11 May 2018 (57:42).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  9. 9.0 9.1 Interview, 8 August 2018 (1:52).
  10. Livestream, 4 May 2018 (47:57).
  11. Podcast, 11 May 2018 (59:25).
  12. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (25:22).
  13. alpha and beta phases.png
  14. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (14:51).
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 beta 0.png
  16. 16.0 16.1 link=Founder
  17. link=Braver of worlds
  18. release.png
  19. before2020.png
  20. 20.0 20.1 Livestream, 8 May 2017 (11:14).
  21. 21.0 21.1 Kickstarter packages.
  22. 22.0 22.1 alpha 0 NDA.png
  23. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  24. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  26. Livestream, 18 January (25:22).
  27. 27.0 27.1 Livestream, 18 January 2018 (49:26).
  28. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (6:39).
  29. Interview, 8 August 2018 (30:51).
  30. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (57:00).
  31. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (44:38).
  32. Ashes of Creation hands-on: A dynamic world that allows cities to rise and fall.
  33. Livestream, 17 November 2017 (4:52).
  34. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (6:52).
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).
  36. server wipe.jpg
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
  38. Ashes Discord.png
  39. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter campaign
  40. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
  41. Summer Crowdfunding.png
  42. Summer Crowdfunding Campaign.
  43. PAX West 2017 Schedule.
  44. PAX West 2017 Map.
  45. GDC.png
  46. PAX East.png
  47. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  48. kickstarter most funded MMORPG.png
  49. kickstarter most funded video game.png
  50. MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.
  51. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.