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December 13th Stream Recap
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Special Features:
  • A look at the Node UI window.
  • A glimpse of the Fishing NPC's and UI.
  • A short look at a Caravan quest.
  • Information on how the Stock Market will work.

You can find the entire stream below:


MMORPG Footage Breakdown below:

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We see the devs spawn into what is a level 5 City Node, Elven themed, filled with NPC's and life.


In this detailed node window we see a bunch of systems that are working behind the scenes. We see a progression bar that shows us that this node is level 5 (City Stage) and is 1/4th of the way to becoming a Metropolis. We also see the total citizens of the node, the tax rate that is set by the mayor of the node (in this case Steven) and we got some information on the 'Trade Agreements' system. Trade...
Dec 6th Live-stream recap and QnA - APOC Open Beta on December 18th!
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Special Announcements:
  • Open Beta announced for December 18th 2018! Available to all registered users.
  • European My.com site for Ashes of Creation can be found here
  • Apocalypse will be monetized via a Legendary Pass. (A free version will also be available)
  • All Alpha 1 backers will receive lifetime membership of the 10$ legendary pass.
  • New livestreams showcasing MMORPG development next week and how BR assets are used in the MMORPG.

Apocalypse Monetization:
Players are now able to register for the Open Beta of the Ashes of Creation Apocalypse testing phase here
The apocalypse testing phase will include a monetization model known as a "Adventure Pass' similar to a Battle Pass which will let...
The release phases of AoC (Updated 6/12-2018)
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With the alpha testing underway, let's have a brief look at the different phases, and their ETAs.
For more detailed info on Alpha 1, check this article.
  • Alpha 0 (Dec. 15 2017 - Sept. 2018) Completed
    • Covered by NDA.
    • You can gain access through community raffles on their official website, Twitch stream giveaways, discord giveaways etc.
  • Alpha 1 Apocalypse "Stress Test" (Sept. 7 2018 - Oct. 18 2018) Completed
    • Short test phase ahead of Alpha 1 (now known as Apocalypse) to stress test the servers.
    • Visual NDA in effect for the first month.
    • Access based on Kickstarter backer tier, then summerbacker, then website pre-order pack. 1st week ~450 testers, 2nd week ~2000 testers, 3rd week ~5000 testers.
    • Squad play (matched with random teammates) added during the last weeks of stress testing.
  • Apocalypse - Battle Royale arena (Oct. 19th 2018) In Progress
    • Previously known as Alpha 1 Phase 1.
    • 100 players in a last man standing mode.
      • Squad play has also been added.
    • Action combat only.
    • There is no NDA this phase (and all other phases after that).
    • Planned to be online 24/7, with several server locations in NA, as well as servers in EU and OCE.
    • Part of the Braver of Worlds+ Kickstarter packs. It was also part of the Intrepid pre-order pack, but it is no longer being sold.
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse announced! 31/10 full stream recap
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Main headlines
  • First Alpha 1 Phase 2 gameplay shown. Phase 2 is planned to start in March-April 2019.
    • Phase 2 will be the traditional MMO experience, with progression, node system, open world etc. More info on what is included in this phase, can be found here.
  • Alpha 1 Phase 1 is renamed Ashes of Creation Apocalypse. Will feature the battle royale, castle siege, and horde mode. Will be a free to play side-arena, playable by everyone.
  • October cosmetics showcased.
  • New website coming soonTM.

Alpha 1 Phase 2 gameplay. This is with medium graphic setttings, but already looking...
Ashes of Creation enters Alpha 1 Phase 1 - NDA lifted!
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Rejoice dear ashlings, Ashes of Creation has now officially entered Alpha 1 Phase 1, and with that the NDA has been completely lifted. This also means that all Alpha 1 backers have been invited to test the battle royale combat mode (~ 10 000). In addition, all Alpha 2 backers have been invited for this weekend test as well. In the coming weeks they will also be inviting beta backers, all Alpha 0 backers, and eventually all registered users on the Ashes of Creation website.

Steven Sharif said:
We are happy to announce the testing is going very well and we are collecting a lot of useful data. Everyone at Intrepid cannot thank our Glorious community enough for their help in making mmos great... once more."
Everyone who is eligible should have received their mail yesterday/today with access code and download link.

You should also go ahead and check out our stream section! When I'm writing this, Steven is currently live playing at one of the streams...
Alpha 1 Stress Test Thoughts: Updated 9/23/18
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I was one of the lucky 250 to gain access to alpha 1 stress test on Sept. 7. Here's a few thoughts on the game's battle royale mode and visuals...

The game mode was a standard battle royale last Man standing. We were only allowed to queue for solo. If you've played fortnite or are just familiar with the genre, you know how the game mode goes. Special abilities like high jumps or explosion arrows were locked to the weapons. Some armor dropped with camouflage specials which did seem like a major cheat mode.

The visuals on the other hand were out of this world. My game defaulted to epic settings causing a minor stutter, which was corrected by dropping shadows down. Playing on lowest graphic setting didn't hurt the visuals much at all, even looking better than other AAA games on max settings. Every element of the game looked beautiful. Plants to trees to water. The weapon effects and physics were just as amazing.

The action combat was fluid. I was able to snipe players 200m+...
Ashes of Creation Alpha 1 stress started today - NDA still active
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Last night at ~0300 CEST, the Alpha 1 stress test for Ashes went live. The stress test will include a limited number of testers, which will increase each week. The first week only has about 450 testers (but this may be increased), the second will increase that to over 2000 testers, and finally 5000 testers for week 3. The point of this stress test is to test their server backend, login-system, matchmaking, etc. All those underlying mechanics that need to be working properly before they open the gates for all those with Alpha 1 access.
The participants are chosen from Kickstarter backers, then summer backers, and finally the pre-order pack backers. If you are not selected in these weeks, don't be alarmed: After about 3 weeks of stress testing, Alpha 1 will be open to all those with access to that phase.

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NDA is still active folks, hold your streaming horses!

As for NDA, Steven confirmed on Discord yesterday that there is still an active...
PAX West 2018 Panel Recap - Lots of Alpha 1 info and gameplay video! Alpha 1 Phase 1 will feature 3 battlegrounds!
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Main headlines
  • Over 100 people are working on the game right now in their developer team, and this is expected to grow to 200 people before the end of this year.
  • New gameplay video showcasing the new action combat system
    • Castle siege mode is shown
    • Horde mode - city siege is shown
  • Alpha 1 Phase 1 stress test phase begins this week! A selection of Alpha 1 backers will be drawn randomly.
  • Alpha 1 backers will be testing each of the 3 battleground modes first for about a month, but then anyone with a registered account can also test the battlegrounds!
  • Alpha 2 confirmed to begin in Q3 2019
  • 40 000 signed up for alphas and betas

The team: Akil Hooper (lead technical designer), Jeff Bard (lead game designer), Steven Sharif (CEO, creative director), Mat Broome (lead character artist), Micheal Bacon (lead environment artist). ...
My.Com official statement to the Ashes of Creation community
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Today Volker at My.com posted an official statement on the Ashes of Creation Discord channel, in an attempt to calm the worries of the community in regards to customer service, pay-to-win, server stability and account security. I personally think that this is promising, as it shows that Intrepid and My.Com is taking this very seriously. Of course, only time will tell if this actually holds true, but I think EU fans of AoC should relax and have faith in Intrepid and their strategy. You can read the full statement from Volker bellow.

Pay-to-Win
"As previously communicated, we at My.com are, and remain, fully committed to supporting the creative vision that Steven and Intrepid Studios has for Ashes of Creation. Their vision appeals to the desires of western MMORPG fans, and we are fully committed to bringing this non-Pay-to-Win vision to the European players. In the past, My.com has published and developed primarily titles that...
Update from Steven regarding region blocking and EU publisher situation
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Good news today! Lately the community has been worrying that we may not be able to chose ourselves what region we want to play on. (as some from Europe might not want to play on EU servers..) Thankfully, today's update from Steven, on the official Discord, puts that to rest. There will be no region or IP blocking. He also confirmed that Intrepid will handle the game client packaging, so my.com won't be doing that either.

Yesterday he also dropped a small update, reassuring fans that the game will stay subscription based, with no box cost, and a cosmetic-only marketplace, the same as in NA.

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