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Revision as of 06:41, 1 November 2018

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 early look at GDC 2020.[1] March 2020.[1]
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:

Alpha-1

Alpha-1 male starter clothing set by Chris Atkins.[30]

Alpha-1 is a testing release of the Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[32] Alpha-1 will test:

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

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse early access trailer.[41][42]

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.[41]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse (also referred to as APOC)[43] is a free-to-play[44] matchmaking-based arena game with three primary modes.[45]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse utilizes action-based combat.[45][33][47]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse early access is available for download on the official website and on Steam.[40][41]

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.[52]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 phase 2

Alpha-1 male starter clothing set by Chris Atkins.[30]

Alpha-1 is a testing release of the Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[32] Alpha-1 will test:

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

Alpha-1 testing

Statistics from the December 2018 testing of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[53]
  • There were 86,000 registered logins from unique accounts.[54][55]
  • There were 16,000 daily active users (DAU).[56]
  • There were approximately 3 - 4,000 concurrent users each day.[57]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale initial testing proceeded as follows.[7][58]

  • Alpha-1 testers only.[59]
  • Alpha-2 testers were invited starting 19 October 2018 at 6:30PM (PDT).[7]
  • Alpha-0, Beta-1 and Beta-2 testers were invited in the following weeks.[7]
  • Finally, testing was opened to all registered users.[7]

Glorious Ashes Community, we are expanding our testing group this weekend to include all Alpha 2 backers. We will also be lifting the NDA for the Phase 1 Arena testing going forward. Testing tonight will be starting at around 6:30pm and will be running till Sunday evening. With intermittent maintenances during the tests. We are happy to announce the testing is going very well and we are collecting a lot of useful data. In the weeks moving forward we will begin to announce invites to all beta backers and all A0 testers, before eventually inviting all registered users.[7]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges and Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode testing schedules will be similar.[58]

  • Alpha-1 testers will test for the first month.[58]
  • Alpha-2 testers will be invited following that.[58]
  • All other backers will be invited afterwards.[58]
  • Finally, testing will be opened to all registered users.[58]

A2 will be invited for the br mode, then we will invite all backers, then all registered users. When the castle siege mode is implemented a1 will test alone for the first month, then we will follow the same invite schedule as the br. Same for horde.[58]Steven Sharif

Only Alpha-1 testers gain access to Alpha-1.[60]

Alpha-1 bonus releases

The Ashes of Creation Apocalypse will be released as a bonus to the community.[61][62]

It's not going to be in the MMORPG. But it is possible that we could allow it to persist as a side game: A side mode I guess. Depending on if our testers actually enjoy it.[63]Steven Sharif

You'll be able to share everything you earn there in the MMORPG when it launches; and the arena system will persist post-launch as well. So this will be an all-action based arena that exists side-by-side with Ashes of Creation as a mode that players will get to plan and earn unique cosmetics in.[48]Steven Sharif

Alpha 1 testers will test each arena mode a full month before that mode is granted to registered users. This phase is a bonus phase of development and we will run the arena during development and post launch as a matchmaking mode of Ashes.[49]Steven Sharif

Alpha 1 phase 1, the “arena” will continue as a matchmaking side that everyone can play. An all action mode of combat with br, castle sieges and horde.[64]Steven Sharif

Status

Q: There are a lot of concerns about deadlines and expectations not being met when it comes to times that are continually pushed back. Will this be resolved?
A: We are in active development, and understanding that for the betterment of our game, we may sometimes have to delay previously provided times and dates in order to make sure that you, as the player, have the best experience. That being said, we strive to meet our windows of time that we provide and will be transparent if these times change.[65]Margaret Krohn

Alpha-2

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

Closed beta

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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.[71]

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.[72]Steven Sharif

Headstart servers

The number of head start servers is estimated to be three. This is subject to change.[73]

  • There will be an OCE headstart server.[74]

Headstart limitations

The game functionality is limited during the head start period so that players cannot decide the world-scape earlier than others.[75]

  • 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][79]

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.[81][82]Steven Sharif

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[84]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[85]

Milestones

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[103]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[104]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[105]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[106]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[107]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[107]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Blog: Creative Director's Letter
  2. kickstarter release schedule.png
  3. alpha-0 pre-alpha.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 Livestream, 18 January 2018 (2:48).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Livestream, 1 September 2018 (54:06).
  6. alpha-1-stress-test-3.png
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 alpha1-phase-1-update.png
  8. Press release - Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Launches December 18.
  9. apoc-beta.png
  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).
  13. Livestream, 8 March 2019 (1:02:45).
  14. Livestream, 4 May 2018 (47:57).
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Livestream, 30 September 2019 (1:09:04).
  16. 16.0 16.1 Livestream, 18 January 2018 (25:22).
  17. 17.0 17.1 alpha and beta phases.png
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 beta 0.png
  19. 19.0 19.1 link=Founder
  20. link=Braver of worlds
  21. Livestream, 8 March 2019 (57:26).
  22. 22.0 22.1 Livestream, 8 May 2017 (11:14).
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Kickstarter packages.
  24. MMOGAMES Interview, 8 September 2017.
  25. Intrepid pre-order pack.
  26. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  27. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  28. Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  29. 29.0 29.1 Livestream, 31 October 2018 (24:37).
  30. 30.0 30.1 Livestream, 30 January 2020 (51:59).
  31. 31.0 31.1 3rdpersoncamera.png
  32. 32.0 32.1 Video, 5 April 2018 (1:01:40).
  33. 33.00 33.01 33.02 33.03 33.04 33.05 33.06 33.07 33.08 33.09 33.10 33.11 33.12 33.13 33.14 33.15 33.16 33.17 33.18 33.19 33.20 33.21 33.22 33.23 33.24 33.25 33.26 33.27 33.28 33.29 33.30 Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  34. 34.0 34.1 Livestream, 26 July 2019 (1:10:44).
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5 35.6 35.7 35.8 35.9 Livestream, 1 September 2018 (1:02:99).
  36. 36.0 36.1 Interview, 8 August 2018 (18:55).
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 Interview, 8 August 2018 (19:02).
  38. 38.0 38.1 Livestream, 30 January 2020 (35:12).
  39. 39.0 39.1 alpha-1-phase-2.png
  40. 40.0 40.1 Ashes of Creation Apocalypse official site.
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Early Access.
  42. Video, 24 September 2019 (0:10).
  43. Livestream, 31 October 2018 (35:00).
  44. Livestream, 31 October 2018 (38:47).
  45. 45.0 45.1 Interview, 24 August 2018 (13:17).
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Livestream, 17 August 2018 (30:29).
  47. Podcast, 4 August 2018 (1:07:59).
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 48.3 Livestream, 1 September 2018 (1:05:10).
  49. 49.0 49.1 alpha-1-news.png
  50. Livestream, 27 September 2018 (9:08).
  51. Forest of Erinthia.png
  52. Interview, 18 August 2019 (8:23).
  53. apoc-dec-stats.png
  54. apoc-dec-logins.png
  55. apoc-accounts.png
  56. apoc-dau.png
  57. apoc-concurrency.png
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 58.3 58.4 58.5 58.6 a2-invited-for-a1.png
  59. Livestream, 27 September 2018 (9:50).
  60. alpha1-phase2.png
  61. 61.0 61.1 Livestream, 31 October 2018 (41:17).
  62. a1-battlegrounds-public.png
  63. 63.0 63.1 63.2 Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:29:14).
  64. alpha-1-arena-modes.png
  65. Reddit Q&A, 8 January 2019.
  66. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (2:17).
  67. Livestream, 27 September 2018 (54:02).
  68. Interview, 20 October 2018 (0:00).
  69. Interview, 20 October 2018 (12:38).
  70. Livestream, 31 October 2018 (47:44).
  71. kickstarter head start.png
  72. Podcast, 4 August 2018 (2:00:05).
  73. Interview, 8 August 2018 (25:53).
  74. head-start-oce-2018-8-8.png
  75. headstart.jpg
  76. alpha-0-nda.png
  77. alpha 0 NDA.png
  78. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (49:26).
  79. streaming-allowed.png
  80. stresstest-NDA.png
  81. stresstest-NDA3.png
  82. stresstest-NDA4.png
  83. Interview, 24 August 2018 (12:18).
  84. 84.0 84.1 84.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).
  85. server wipe.jpg
  86. 86.0 86.1 86.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
  87. Ashes Discord.png
  88. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter campaign
  89. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
  90. Summer Crowdfunding.png
  91. summerended.png
  92. Intrepid Studios Dev Team.
  93. PAX West 2017 Schedule.
  94. PAX West 2017 Map.
  95. GDC.png
  96. PAX East.png
  97. gamescom.png
  98. Ashes of Creation Gamescom 2018 Interview: Responding to Criticism.
  99. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  100. Intrepid Studios Extra Life 2018 (@MediaAoC).
  101. Interview, 15 April 2019 (5:09).
  102. extralife2019.png
  103. kickstarter most funded MMORPG.png
  104. kickstarter most funded video game.png
  105. MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.
  106. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.
  107. 107.0 107.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards