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We are a high fantasy game... That means that outside of the traditional sorts of environments you're going to start seeing some pretty crazy and wild stuff that will also change based on seasons.[3]Jeffrey Bard

Ceneri della creazione will have a higher graphical fidelity than most western games. It will not be too stylized or "cartoony".[4]

We can push the limits a little bit on the graphical fidelity, especially using Unreal Engine 4... My desire was not to see very cartoony games. I'm not a big fan of highly stylized art.[4]Steven Sharif


Some Environments (Biomes) have fixed climates and others are variable.[7]

  • Weather conditions change with the Seasons.[7][3]Jeffrey Bard
  • There will be dynamic weather that varies in intensity.[8]
    • For example: Drizzle to/from storm, or Blizzard to/from snow.


Ceneri della creazione Seasons – First Look (Pre-alpha).[9]

We want to really make the environment immersive and actually affect gameplay.[10]Steven Sharif

Zones (environments/biomes) change season on a weekly basis during scheduled downtime. Each month in real-life will effectively be a full seasonal rotation in the game.[13]

In Ashes of Creation the world will change on a regular basis. Zones will progress in a seasonal cycle, which will alter the very nature of the environment around you. Snow may block pathways that are accessible in warmer months, spring may encourage creatures otherwise unseen to come to the surface, and fall might be the only time that certain crops thrive. This cycle can then take in the state of the world’s Nodes and shift depending on their progression.[14]

Environments (Zones/biomes) experience different seasons based on their location in the world.[10]

  • There will be regions of the map with seasons that are less (or more) temperate.[15]
    For example: Northern, Southern and Tropical regions.[15]
  • There will also be magical seasons where you might be in a tropical zone and suddenly it's snowing.[15]
  • Different crop cycles.[10]
  • Different seasons may present obstacles that make the transit of goods via caravan more challenging.[16]
    • Pathways that are open during summer and closed during winter.[10]
  • Water turning to ice in winter, enabling players to walk over the water but blocking access to what is underneath.[10]
    • Ice will make roads bumpy and slippery.[17]
  • Events may may radically change the current season a zone is in, or elongate it.[16]
  • Elementi, crops, buildings, and crafting mechanics might gain certain buffs or debuffs in certain seasons.[18]

Winter might have a spawner that activates on a road that spawns at large fallen tree and players who see that will have an opportunity to go up and exert some type of one-time action that helps in removing that tree and it might require you know X number of people to do that before the tree gets removed; and that you know as an example is not beneficial for the transit of goods because as you know caravans require- well they don't require but they move better on roads and if that tree were present let's say blocking you know a road that led to a bridge per-se that they would have to off-road.[10]Steven Sharif

Seasonal events

Vaelune-tines day 2019 concept art.[19]

Seasonal events (holidays) in Ceneri della creazione are not a direct parallel with real world events. Instead, there will be in-game lore behind seasonal events that can relate to the real-world in some way.[20][21]

For example, this upcoming cosmetic bundle that's going to be available during the time of Halloween won't necessarily be pumpkins and candy corn type of cosmetics, but instead will be a bit darker. That way it can still be relevant to real world. And then additionally it may be possible as we localize and culturalize for other territories that we have the same philosophy with region-specific events.[20]Steven Sharif

Events may bring seasonal change.[10]

  • A winter dragon may appear because a node has developed to stage 4. That dragon may bring eternal winter until it is killed.


Alpha-0 river that runs through the center of the map.[22]
Alpha-0 flood plains environment.[23]

There are four over-world environments (climates/biomes) in Alpha-0.[22]

  • Flood plains
  • Forest
  • Desert
  • Snowy mountains

Alpha-0 has a bio-luminescent Sottorealtà environment.[26]

One of the important aspects of color play is going to be the distinguishing factor between different Underrealms and the regions that exist in the world: Their color influences set them apart from different regions.[27]Steven Sharif

Day/night cycle

There is a day/night cycle in Ceneri della creazione.[29]

Fifteen minutes may be one hour in game time.[31]


Pre-alpha Mage's detection utility skill casts light and reveals magical explosive hazards.[32]

Darkness as an environmental obstacle is being considered as part of the game mechanics.[33]

How deeply we take this though is really going to come down to how much fun it actually is, which we’re still in the process of discovering. As long as we can nail some interesting mechanics, and it’s not more frustrating than fun, make sure you bring your torch.


There will be elements (such as Fire, Water) in Ceneri della creazione each with their own resistances.[34]

  • Elements may have more influence in certain seasons and environments. For example, frost abilities may be stronger in winter. This affects both PvE and Pvp.[35]
  • There may be ley lines and strong magical places in the world that change or alter the way spells work.[36]

We've discussed a little bit about how the seasons and biomes will react with different types of skills. Like if you have a fireball and it's summer it might be a little bit different. If it's winter and you have a frost ability it might be different.[35]Steven Sharif

We want to get a nice spread of abilities that that are influenced by what's going on your zone.[35]Jeffrey Bard


200 foot tall Pyrian statues in Alpha-1.[37]

Landmarks are scattered throughout the world, allowing players to judge their position on the map.[37]

From a lore perspective these statues have been around for a long time; and they are representative of the civilizations that existed once on this world before.[37]Steven Sharif

Major visual landmarks. You can look all the way across the horizon have an idea where you're going or where to meet friends or where to meet just based on these huge landmarks in the world.[37]Mat Broome


The Sottorealtà is a rich environment where bio-luminescence abounds in the fauna and flora that exist here. These deep caverns and underground valleys provide new destinations for civilization to develop. Bringing the node system into the depths of the world may awaken darker creatures than the surface.[39]

The expansiveness of the Underrealm itself is quite large. It does persist across across a lot of the playable game area that's above ground. So there are alternatives in the Underrealm for passages and traversal throughout the world.[40]Steven Sharif

One of the aspects of the Lore behind the Tulnar was that in the pantheon of gods that exist- having foretold the future through the Goddess of Fate to the Goddess of Creation- these areas in the Underrealm were created in to allow for refuge for which the gods knew would be left behind that couldn't make it to Sanctus. So that was a pre-thought there in the creation of the Underrealm to facilitate that realm where refugees could seek.[41]Steven Sharif

We plan to have the Underrealm really pervasive throughout the game itself, a part of the open world. It will introduce some unique elements such as the type of monsters you see, the type of crops you can grow and houses you can have.[42]Steven Sharif


Underrealm environments are vast.[43]

  • Caravan should be able to operate as they do above ground.[43]
  • If there's insufficient room for Draghi, another mount type may be utilized.[43]
  • Burrowing mounts are being considered as an alternative to flying mounts in the Sottorealtà.[44]

One of the important aspects of color play is going to be the distinguishing factor between different Underrealms and the regions that exist in the world: Their color influences set them apart from different regions.[27]Steven Sharif

Seasons above ground will affect the Sottorealtà.[43]

  • This will not be a one-to-one correlation: for example, it won't snow in the Underrealm.
  • Tunnel flooding and other effects will be related to the weather above ground.

The seasons above ground will kind of inform what happens underneath. I mean, it's not going to be a direct one-to-one correlation right, not like it's going to be raining in the underworld, but you will see the effects from above happen down below: You might find tunnels being flooded.[43]Jeffrey Bard

Coastal/island nodes

There will be nodes along the coast and on islands.[46]

  • These nodes will have specific water oriented influences and abilities, services, questlines, that relate to the seas.[46]
  • It may be possible to siege a coastal city by sea.[47]

Island chains are part of Ceneri della creazione naval content.[48][49]


Underwater content will be accessible, not cumbersome.[50]

Underwater nodes

Underwater points of interest that have NPC structures may appear to be like cities, but they will not be nodes.[51]

  • There won't be nodes underwater or in the water.[46]

Destructible environments

Destructible environments will be a core element of how players interact with the world, in both Ashes of Creation Apocalypse and Ashes of Creation the MMORPG.[54]

Not just in APOC where we want a completely destructible environment, but also in the MMORPG when it comes to Dungeons and traversing certain areas. We want destruction to be a very core element of how players make their way through the world.[54]Steven Sharif


See also


  1. steven-volcano-guy-quote.png
  2. Livestream, 28 February 2020 (1:00:41).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Livestream, 1 June 2017 (29:33).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:17:43).
  5. Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:28:08).
  6. Video, 30 May 2017 (0:01).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Livestream, 18 July 2017 (36:47).
  8. Livestream, 28 July 2017 (41:25).
  9. Video, 22 January 2017 (0:02).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Livestream, 8 May 2017 (20:27).
  11. Ashes of Creation Instagram. May 1, 2020.
  12. Ashes of Creation Facebook. March 19, 2020.
  13. seasons.png
  14. Our immersive world - Environments.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Livestream, 27 September 2018 (41:33).
  16. 16.0 16.1 Livestream, 26 June 2020 (1:29:06).
  17. frosty-roads.png
  18. Livestream, 26 July 2019 (1:32:40).
  19. vaelunetines-day.png
  20. 20.0 20.1 Interview, 20 October 2018 (7:31).
  21. Livestream, 5 May 2017 (40:36).
  22. 22.0 22.1 Livestream, 16 October 2017 (11:41).
  23. Livestream, 16 October 2017 (11:51).
  24. Livestream, 16 October 2017 (12:08).
  25. Video, 22 January 2018 (0:01).
  26. Livestream, 15 December 2017 (1:36:53).
  27. 27.0 27.1 Livestream, 18 January 2018 (14:00).
  28. Ashes of Creation - Screenshots.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Livestream, 12 May 2017 (57:41).
  30. day cycle.jpg
  31. time.jpg
  32. Video, 7 February 2017 (0:02s).
  33. Interview: Ashes of Creation on Building Their Virtual World, 13 April 2017.
  34. Livestream, 24 May 2017 (27:47).
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Livestream, 1 June 2017 (20:23).
  36. Livestream, 26 June 2020 (1:32:16).
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 Livestream, 17 August 2018 (10:01).
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Ashes of Creation - The visuals.
  39. Kickstarter $1,750,000 Stretch Goal Unlocked, 13 May 2017.
  40. Interview, 31 October 2018 (5:43).
  41. Interview, 31 October 2018 (6:00).
  42. A chat with Ashes of Creation's Steven Sharif, 7 June 2017.
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 43.4 Livestream, 1 June 2017 (24:30).
  44. Interview, 17 August 2018 (8:57).
  45. Livestream, 17 August 2018 (58:53).
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (PM) (1:01:28).
  47. Livestream, 19 May 2017 (37:51).
  48. Livestream, 17 May 2017 (30:53).
  49. Kickstarter - We Just Broke $1,500,000!
  50. Livestream, 19 May 2017 (38:46).
  51. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (18:29).
  52. Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Early Access.
  53. Video, 24 September 2019 (0:10).
  54. 54.0 54.1 54.2 Livestream, 28 June 2019 (31:15).
  55. 55.0 55.1 Livestream, 26 June 2020 (1:02:12).
  56. Livestream, 18 July 2017 (40:14).
  57. Livestream, 17 November 2017 (47:10).