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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 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 availability

15 August 2018 was the last day for purchases of Alpha-1 through Intrepid pre-order packs.[29]

Persistent alpha

"Persistent" means that the Alpha-2 servers will be kept up all day and night until launch.[30]

  • 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

Alpha-1, Alpha-2, Beta-1, Beta-2 are not covered by NDA.[31]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress testing NDA was lifted on 19 October 2018 at 6:30PM (PDT).[7][32]

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.[34][35]Steven Sharif

Closed beta

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Character creator

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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.[36]

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

Pre-order packs

Ashes of Creation Silver Sheens and Gleaming Dreams pre-order packs.[37]

The pure shine of sterling is joined with the prismatic brilliance of rubies. Kaelar nobility have long had a flair for the romantic, and only the Vek's mastery of silverwork can meet a noble's exacting standards. Here, no expense is spared on a display fit only for the most passionate of royalty.[37]

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[28]

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.[38]Margaret Krohn

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[40]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[41]

Milestones

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[59]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[60]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[61]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[62]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[63]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[63]

See also

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  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).
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 alpha1-phase-1-update.png
  8. 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).
  13. Livestream, 8 March 2019 (1:02:45).
  14. Livestream, 4 May 2018 (47:57).
  15. Livestream, 30 September 2019 (1:09:04).
  16. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (25:22).
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  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 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. 28.0 28.1 Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  29. 29.0 29.1 Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  30. Livestream, 18 January (25:22).
  31. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (49:26).
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  33. stresstest-NDA.png
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  36. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (57:00).
  37. 37.0 37.1 Blog: Silver Sheens and Gleaming Dreams.
  38. Reddit Q&A, 8 January 2019.
  39. Interview, 24 August 2018 (12:18).
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).
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  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
  43. Ashes Discord.png
  44. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter campaign
  45. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
  46. Summer Crowdfunding.png
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  48. Intrepid Studios Dev Team.
  49. PAX West 2017 Schedule.
  50. PAX West 2017 Map.
  51. GDC.png
  52. PAX East.png
  53. gamescom.png
  54. Ashes of Creation Gamescom 2018 Interview: Responding to Criticism.
  55. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  56. Intrepid Studios Extra Life 2018 (@MediaAoC).
  57. Interview, 15 April 2019 (5:09).
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  59. kickstarter most funded MMORPG.png
  60. kickstarter most funded video game.png
  61. MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.
  62. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.
  63. 63.0 63.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards