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.
Castles and Sieges:
The objective is to test stability with upto 200 players to ensure they have the right values and spawn timers for various mechanics.
We had to wait a few extra weeks for this update, but looks like it was worth the wait. What is new for this month is that the Intrepid pack no longer includes Alpha 1 access, and thus the price has been reduced from 500 USD to 375 USD. In addition, you no longer gain entries to Alpha 0 raffle, as that phase is closing in a month.
For the other packs, this is business 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.
For a closer look at the cosmetics, check out our media gallery.
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!
Finally we got the newsletter from Intrepid, which provided us with some great information. The biggest news is that Alpha 1 phase 1 is confirmed starting week 3 of September! Phase 2 is planned for early Q2 2019.
As announced previously, Alpha 1 sales in the store is closing soon. They have currently over 8500 participants so far, of the cap of 10 000 participants. The last day for Alpha One pre-order packs ends on August 15th, which is also the day the pre-order cosmetics updates on all the packs. So if you want to upgrade your pack to get Alpha 1 access, this is the time.
Phase 1 of Alpha 1, coming in the 3rd week of September, will be focusing on action combat and PvP related mechanics in the game. Testing action, siege systems, adaptive AI in the horde mode and more.
Confirmed so far:
Open World battlegrounds
Castle Sieges (Guild vs Guild)
City Defense "Horde Mode".
More info to be announced at their PAX Panel next month.
Phase 2 of Alpha 1, coming in early Q2 2019, will be the hybrid combat testing...
Good news everyone! 7 months after going live, The AoC Dungeon is now an official Content Creator for Ashes of Creation! I have some pretty cool plans for the site, and I can't wait to show you. Our main focus will continue to be providing quality news content and articles. In that area we have recently also gotten a new editor on our team: @Kirby . You should check out her fantastic newspaper if you haven't read it already. Of course our website has lots of other interesting features, and some big ones that will be revealed very soon... ;)
Also don't forget to check out our Discord channel, in which we have seamless integration between the website and discord with real time notifications!
Thank you to all the fans who visit our website, post in our forum/discord, follow us on Twitter, and in other ways interact with us!
A special thank you to the users that have a...
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 next livestream, we will get live footage! As right now, it is extremely early, and not ready for public viewing just yet, which is fine.
This one is a cool treat: The new update in the pre-order store for this month is dwarf themed! 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.
For a closer look at the cosmetics, check out our media gallery.
Today Intrepid Studios released a press release, where they now claim to be "one of the largest MMOs in production. Quite a feat! There has been lots of new hires lately (and more to come), some of which are previous Daybreak developers. The list includes senior programmers, engineers, artists and more. Steven Sharif noted that “It’s pretty exciting to watch your dreams become a reality, and at the end of the day, creating an MMORPG that players can be proud of." It is definitely a quality sign to see the team growing larger as we approach Alpha 1.
Michael Roca – Senior Gameplay Programmer (Formerly of Disney, Daybreak, SOE, and EA)
Grat Crabtree – Senior Software Engineer (Formerly of Daybreak and SOE)
Devin Lafontaine – Senior Artist (Formerly Daybreak, SOE, Sigil Games)
Tad Ehrlich – Senior Artist (Formerly, Daybreak, SOE, Midway Games)
Garrett Fern – Senior Game Designer (Formerly Daybreak and SOE)
Zin Chiang – Senior Producer (Formerly Travian Games and Publishing)
Midori Bond – Executive Assistant (Formerly Senior GM and Customer Service at SOE)...
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...