The Intrepid team is working hard to bring us Alpha 1 later this year, which will focus on some large PvP elements such as castle sieges. So to our big surprise, Steven just finished a playtest in Alpha 0 during the first part of the stream (so the playtest was why the stream was delayed 1 hour). While Steven was busy having fun with the play-testers, Bacon, Jeffrey and Peter guided us through the traditional questions and answers section.
What I personally found to be the most interesting questions and answers, I have marked in purple and moved up. You can read these further down on the page.
But first, the highlight of the stream: Guild castle siege sneak-peak with Steven!
Right into the action!
We got the see one of the castles in the Alpha 0 build. Steven did, repeatedly, emphasize that this is very, very, very early build. From animations, effects, skills, UI, everything. First passes, for testing only. While Steven is whacking opponents in the castle, he says how important it is for an MMO to...
What a great livestream last night! The stream, which lasted for about 1 hour, featured Steven, Jeffrey and Bacon. We first got a brief introduction, where they talked about bacon stuff (of course!), their Kickstarter office bet (Tristan cheated!) and how their team has increased from 30 to 70 in the last year. Very impressive! They are currently working on housing and environments, and we have some images shared which you can check out bellow.
The gang ready for another live stream!
First PvE raid video and Alpha 1 build ahead of schedule
We got shared a video from a recent Alpha 0 test, where they focused on PvE raid mechanics. The current size for raids was confirmed to be 40 players, but being alpha this can obviously change later. Steven also mentioned that they are impressed by the Epic engine, and their progress for the networking, bringing vast improvements compared to the state of the game 1 year ago. The game looks fluid, even with 40 people being in one place at the same time.
You might of recently heard about or seen article's posted in gaming new's sites about Intrepid Studio's buying Daybreak Games. This is what we have been told in response by Steven at Intrepid as well as Daybreak Games.
From Steven on the official Ashes of creation discord earlier today.
From Daybreak Game's on their forum's earlier today. Orignal Post
So that concludes this years PAX East. It has been a great event, Intrepid studios really outdid themselves this year. Really focusing on the community, answering questions on stream and being out there for hours. We got a fun play-through session with the developers and Alpha 1 release confirmed for Q4 this year. To recap the event, check out the articles previously posted and the streams:
Highlight of the day was the play-through session where Steven and his crew ran through the PAX demo.
Yesterday Intrepid Studio hosted a panel at PAX East, where they talked about a lot of things, from how unique and big of a project this is, to how they work together as a team. A lot of background talk and their thought process behind making the game. It's very interesting to watch, so I recommend checking it out.
However, the biggest news was that Alpha 1 is planned for early Q4 2018, and that it will be divided in two phases. The first phase will focus on their arena modes, castle sieges, city sieges, large player battles, raids and guild fights. So it is going to be very exciting to finally get a closer look at all the PvP and large scale content!
There was also a QA session where people from the audience could ask Intrepid. Did anyone say nodes part 3?
Here are a few of those questions:
When can we expect nodes part 3?
*A lot of laugh in the crowd and among the panelists.*
So, nodes part 3. Actually one of our team members is currently not with us here at PAX, and his name is Trystan Snodgrass (Senior...
New month, new cosmetics in the Ashes of Creation pre-order packs. As usual, the packs are the same in terms of the other content (test access, game-time, embers etc), while the cosmetics rotate each month. If you have already bought a pre-order pack, don't worry: You can still purchase the new cosmetics. It will be available as a addon, so you won't have to buy the whole pre-order package again.
This week Intrepid sent out an email regarding Alpha 0, PAX schedule and store updates. During PAX East, which is from April 5th to April 8th, they will be giving out 300 (!) keys to Alpha 0! They also mentioned that already has 1200 people been given access to test the game during Alpha 0.
From this moment, anyone who follow Ashes of Creation on their official social media channels, will gain additional entries to Alpha 0! So to increase your chances of getting a key, make sure you follow/subscribe all their accounts:
The Game Developers Conference is the world's largest professional game industry event. The event started today, lasting until Friday the 23rd. If you happen to be in the area, you might want to check out Epic's stand for Unreal Engine. Ashes of Creation will be among the featured games at their stand!
Epic will provide two different stands, one at #423 South, which will provide host technology, tools demos and business meetings. More important is probably booth #801 South though, which is where you can play the latest Unreal Engine games, talk with the developers behind them and get some free swag. Someone please get a photo with Steven!
This is what the press release from Epic had to say about Ashes of Creation: Ashes of Creation is a unique take on the MMO experience. Our world structure is dynamic and built to react to the actions of our players. Cities will rise and fall, their populations based on the history of the world as the players create it. Quests will unlock as these populations gather, their needs grow, and...
Today Intrepid updated the pre-order pack cosmetics available in their store. These will from now on update every month on the 2nd, up until launch. If you have bought a pack already, you can still upgrade it to a more expensive pack, or if you just want the new cosmetics. Any Kickstarter backer can purchase the pre-order cosmetics without needing to own a pre-order package.
Also added where some new PAX exclusive items (PAX East 2018 April 5th-8th), from minor cosmetics priced at 15-25 USD, to a highly limited VIP PAX 625 USD package. You will also see the developers at the GDC (Game Developers Conference March 21-23rd) at Epic's Unreal Engine booth. So if you are lucky to be nearby, please stop by their booth and share some images!
Intrepid Studios recently released their brand new studio website at intrepidstudios.com. The site has gotten a major face lift, and it is worth checking out for some background info on their visions and their team. They point out that Ashes of Creation is their flagship product, but that there are in fact two unannounced projects within the Ashes of Creation universe.
What could this be? Board game? Novel series? However we will have to wait a bit for more information on this, as these projects will be released in the future as the development of Ashes of Creation, nears its development milestones. Perhaps when we go into beta at the end of 2018 (hopefully), we will know what these projects are about.
There are also 6 available positions at their studio, if you are looking for a job!
- Senior Game Designer
- Executive Game Assistant
- Senior Gameplay Programmer
- Senior Producer
- Senior FX Artist
- Senior Technical Animator