This weekend, the Ashes of Creation Apocalypse mode, will be open for all registered users to download and play!
The test will go live Friday, January 11 at 17.00 UTC (09.00 PT) and will last until Sunday, January 13 at 06.00 UTC (22.00 PT).
Apocalypse is a free-to-play, stand-alone action combat mode where players can compete in various arena modes. Currently, it is limited to battle royale (battlegrounds), but will later include castle sieges and horde mode. For more info on the release schedule, click here. All the data gathered is used to improve and further develop the MMORPG side of Ashes of Creation.
The main focus of the test this weekend, will be gathering data on the following:
Intrepid recently updated their official website, featuring a new shop, account functionality, download options for APOC and more.
Their old website was sorely lacking in both functionality and aesthetics, being a combination of several "themes" as they had updated the website a little by little. A good website is always vital for a game, as it will be the first look for many new players wanting to know more about the game.
As so, this was a good day to take a look at the brand new, Ashes of Creation website! Also, for comparison, we took a look at the AoC My.com website, which will be the "official" website for European players.
You are presented with a simple splash screen. If you click register you will be sent to accounts.ashesofcreation.com, where you can register a new account. If you want to login, you can click the small "man" icon on the top right corner, though the URL is currently broken.
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 agreements basically are agreements between two nodes that lets players do certain specific caravan runs...
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.
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 players complete various quests and achievements within the Apocalypse testing mode and all 3 of its...
First of all, Race.
The different races have different base stats, so this will be one of the most important influences to your character as it decides the base values. Race is also one of the stat growth variables.
Your choice in race is one of the things that decides how your stats will grow,
one race might get more Strength per level up compared to another which may grow agility much faster, to mention an example.
Your Race will also give you Augments to use on your skills, it’s kind of like this game’s take on racial abilities.
Another thing race will influence outside of your own character is the Nodes.
The race that has most contributed to a Node’s experience will influence it’s visual appearance. If Empyreans have contributed most experience to the Node, the Node will gain Empyrean architecture and design upon leveling up.
Biomes will change how Seasons and Weather works within their respective Biomes.
Colder Biomes might have a longer winter while warmer Biomes will have shorter winter or maybe not snow at all.
For Weather things like Rain and Snow might get affected a bit in how they work compared to other Biomes.
Now let’s talk about seasons. For now, each season in Ashes will last for a week, so if they follow the standard 4 season cycle, a cycle of all will take a month.
(Personally I feel it should be 2 weeks at minimum, 1 week just feels too short)
Author's Note: There is still much mystery surrounding the AoC Mage class and all other classes. As such, the following article talks about what little is known and speculation on what could be. Expect changes as development continues and more solidified content.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Mages?
Wait What is a Mage Again?
Mage Spell Categories
Current Mage Spells
Introduction: Why Mages?
When I first started playing MMORPGs over 12 years ago an image seared into my memory that I have never forgotten. It was a cinematic opening for a new game and within the trailer there sat a figure upon high. A fearsome spectacle, the powerful mage stood on the ramparts of a tall tower, collected the power of magic into his hands and hurled massive balls of flame down at his enemies before flash freezing the entire location he stood upon. As he gathers more magic in his hands for another demonstration of raw strength, he looks menacingly into the camera….at the...