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."
Yesterday Steven decided to drop the NDA temporarily for official content creators, which resulted in lots of streamers providing live gameplay footage from the battle royale squad testing. The test lasted for about 3 hours, providing Intrepid with tons of useful information.
Steven also shared on Twitter that next week, also those who are not official content creators, will be able to stream and share their content from the Alpha 1 Arena test.
Check out all the awesome videos from yesterday:
itsZiz having fun in the stress test yesterday, finally being able to stream it to the public!
Over 500,000 players are registered on the site with Alpha 1 beginning in September.
Public Roadmap of the game's development to be unveiled at PAX west.
Player Choice playing a key role:
Steven and Jeffrey insisted on player choice, the goal being to offer various choices to the player (in regards to crafting, exploring, etc.). As such, they hope to steer away from standard progression paths by implementing the following methods:
Diversified progression paths.
Advancing the economy of the world.
Contributing to a node as a citizen.
Focusing on your interests within your freehold.
Everything contributes to the development of the world, resulting in each server being different.
Intrepid Studios is coming to Europe at Gamescom in Germany (21st August 2018).
Name Reservation will be available sometime during Alpha 1 Phase 2 (Hopefully).
Alpha 1 Testing Phase Breakdown:
The Ashes of Creation Alpha 1 is set to begin during the third week of September and will go on for almost 7 months. The Alpha 1 test will focus on three major tests:
Open world Battlegrounds
Castles and Sieges
City 'Horde' Mode
Open world Battlegrounds:
Offering variable combat modes with testing upto a 100 players. They'd like to provide consistent Battleground testing where players will be able to complete a match and instantly queue up for another to ensure heavy testing of the feature. Focused on Matchmaking...
It's this time of the month again! Post your questions for the official AoC livestream, which is going live on August 17th at 21.00 GMT. And don't forget that we get to see some live action combat footage!
Intrepid Studios was back with another livestream yesterday, giving us some new info on what they are working on, answering questions from the community, talking about Stevens birthday, baconfirmedTM (patent pending) and more. Also, what's a livestream from Intrepid without some mic static and video/audio problems? Feels like home <3 So let's dive into the details of the stream!
New combat system in the works - will be featured during their next stream
Steven and Jeffrey opened up talking about the team being "knee-deep" in design and implementations of the combat systems, in preparations for Alpha 1. They are trying to make it feel good, be reactive, and making it seem like a an extension of you. Takes a lot of work obviously, but making good progress. Steven did then announce that during their...
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. Credit for the write-up of the Q&A section goes to AoC Wiki.
But first, the highlight of the stream: Guild castle siege sneak-peak with Steven!
There will be another official live stream from the guys at Intrepid Studios, tonight at 3 PM PST. If you have a burning question that needs answering, make sure to post in in the Q&A thread over at the official forum. They usually pick around 10 questions to answer live on-stream. Normal limitations apply, such as only one question per person.
Also feel free to share what you are hoping to get answers about tonight, or what your question was