The latest AoC livestream, from January 18th, can be found on Twitch. If you missed that one, then you should definitely check it out!
There was as usual a Q&A session, and below you can read through the interesting answers from the team.
Credits for putting together this list goes to Mykkala.
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...
Finally we can put our eyes on the complete list of classes in AoC. There are in total 64 different combinations of classes that you can chose, which is mighty impressive. There have been previous MMO games that have tried the same "primary & secondary" combo classes such as this (RIFT for example), so it will be exciting to see how this is going to work in AoC.
While your primary class will be locked, you can opt to change your secondary class if you decide to change your mind. After all, it is going to be hard knowing, before testing, which of the classes are going to be perfect for your character.
A new year has begun, and we will get to know a lot more about AoC while the Alpha tests continue throughout the year.
Here is the full press release from Intrepid Studios:
One of the most important decisions you’ll make in your Ashes of Creation career is picking your class...
Another developer journal has been published, and this time Steven is focusing on the most important building in the node: City Hall. Players are able to make choices about which buildings within the walls of the Node get built. Leaders of a Node will decide which buildings they want to build, expand (level up), or eventually demolish. Are you in an economic Node where most of your citizens are only interested in gold? Then perhaps try expanding the marketplace by allowing more kiosks, or instead use those resources to build an auction house. These are decisions that change not just the literal landscape of the Node but the political landscape as well.
By giving options to the players, personalities will eventually become more apparent and unless leaders play the political game well, that well-oiled bureaucratic machine may begin to break down.
This is an important topic for any MMORPG player. How will parties be handled? Dungeons? Loot rules? This will of course be tweaked before the game is finished in development, but this is what Steven could share to us about the current status of the AoC group dynamics:
The full developer journal
Grouping in an MMO is as important as any other feature in the game. Yet, so often it seems like an afterthought – a checkbox to tick to say that players can play together. But what’s the point if there’s no content that begs for players to band up and journey forth? In Ashes of Creation, grouping is an essential part of the game. Solo play is encouraged and totally viable as well, but we believe that an MMORPG is at its best when it’s fostering communities to form. And that can’t happen if no one ever plays together. Today, we wanted to talk about the Group Dynamics of Ashes of...