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
So the official Facebook page for AoC just posted a new video from Alpha Zero, this time showcasing the UnderRealm area. This is a first look at the pre-alpha UnderRealm and the difference of look and feel that this area will have from the world above ground. During the video you can see the amazing attention to detail, the vivid environment and lighting, simply stunning! I bet I'm not the only one eager to test it out!
Also some news about the second phase of Alpha 0, the NDA might get lifted, when it starts at the end of this month! This means that those with Alpha 0 access can stream and share from the wonderful world in Ashes of Creation. Great news for all fans, if it turns out to be true. It also provides the studio with some valuable feedback as we all can point out things that might need improvement. All to get a better game. Check out the video below, and prepare for a lot of more AoC related content next week!
Below you can read through the interesting answers from the team, during the latest Ashes of Creation stream.
When are we going to be able to upgrade out packs on the website?
Steven: Our web dev team is currently working on that functionality. Our expected delivery date is around the 26th of January, give or take several days, in case there's some unexpected testing areas that need to be addressed. I would safely say that around the end of this month you'll be able to see the upgrade paths for the pre-order packages.
In addition, you will also see the add on functionality available if you are a Kickstarter backer or summer campaign backer; you will have the ability to purchase the Cosmetics that are present in these pre-order packages, independent of having to purchase the package itself.
The Cosmetics that are offered are themed on a monthly basis. These cosmetics that are currently in the packages have been on a little bit longer than a month, because we haven't had those functionalities in place, but we expect once the functionalities...