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Some recent developments have caused me to reevaluate our upcoming test schedules and make some necessary adjustments. I will be moving the NDA release and the June 1st Alpha One start date to July. I know this is not ideal, and you have no idea how much it pains me to disappoint our community, but it is my responsibility to make these difficult decisions in order to ensure the test is successful. Testing for the 14th of May will continue for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with an updated schedule being sent to testers today.[1]Steven Sharif

The Ceneri della creazione release schedule is subject to change.[2]

Over the last month, several new developments both internally and externally have led me to err on the side of caution and postpone the NDA release and Alpha One dates to July. If it had only been any one of these issues, we would have powered through it.[1]Steven Sharif

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Pre‑alpha Alpha-0.[3] December 15, 2017.[4]
APOC Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA).[5] September 7, 2018.[6]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA lifted).[7] October 19, 2018.[7]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale open beta.[8] December 18, 2018.[9]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale early access.[10] September 24, 2019.[11]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode PI closed testing.[12] December 19, 2019.[12]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale testing ends.[13] March 10, 2020.[14]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode.[5] After Alpha-1.[15][13]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[5] After Alpha-1.[15][13]
Alpha Alpha-1 early preview livestream.[16] March 27, 2020.[17]
Alpha-1 limited QA testing (NDA).[18][19] May 28, 2020.[20][21]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 1 (NDA).[22] Dec 18 - Dec 21 2020.[22]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 2 (NDA).[22] Feb 19 - Feb 22 2021.[23][24]
Alpha-1 preview intermittent spot testing (NDA).[1][25] Mar 19 - Jul 9 2021.[1][25]
Alpha-1 preview weekend (no NDA).[1] July 9 - July 11 2021.[1]
Alpha-1 (no NDA).[1] July 14 - August 13 2021.[1]
Alpha-1 additional tests.[26] To be announced.[26]
Alpha-2 (persistent alpha).[27][28] To be announced.[29]
Beta Beta-1. To be announced.[29]
Beta-2. To be announced.[29]
Pre‑release Head start for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[30] 1-2 days before launch.[30][31]
Release Launch (live) release. To be announced.[29][32]
Post‑launch Major releases (DLC expansions). Quarterly or six-monthly.[33][34]
Minor releases. Monthly.[33][34]

Early access

Ceneri della creazione early access packages:

Ceneri della creazione

Ceneri della creazione (AoC) è un MMORPG in corso di sviluppo, ambientato in un mondo high fantasy aperto.[42]

Ceneri della creazione è un MMORPG in corso di sviluppo ambientato in un mondo fantasy nel quale le scelte dei giocatori plasmeranno e definiranno il mondo attorno a loro.[42]

Ashes of Creation è una prospettiva unica dell'esperienza MMO. La struttura del nostro mondo è dinamica e costruita per rispondere alle azioni dei nostri giocatori. Le città si innalzeranno e cadranno, la loro popolazione sarà basata sulla storia del mondo man mano che i giocatori la creano. Le missioni si sbloccheranno quando queste popolazioni si riuniranno, i loro bisogni cresceranno, e i segreti verranno scoperti.[43]

Visto che la struttura degli NPC del mondo è stabilita in tempo reale, i giocatori avranno la possibilità di distruggere quello che hanno creato, preparando la strada per nuovi sviluppi, nuove popolazioni, e cambiamenti reali. Strategie politiche ed intrighi giocheranno un ruolo veramente reale nella struttura del vostro mondo.[43]

I giorni dei mondi statici sono finiti, d'ora in poi ci sarà il cambiamento.[43]

Alpha-1

Alpha-1 early preview.[17]

This is a true development alpha. This is not a marketing alpha; and what that means is as you know part of the process here in developing Ashes of Creation is being open with that development so you guys can see that progress; and it is a double-edged sword. There are going to be a spectrum of people that exists who are very involved with the game's development and those who are just completely at an arm's length away in understanding the process; and they may look at alpha one- the people who don't really understand the development process or haven't been a part of it- they may look at it and they may think oh you know this is trash, looks like trash, you know whatever it's the end-product. But at the end of the day what's important for us and what yields the best possible product is for us to include as much as possible the community in that development process with no NDA so that you guys give valuable feedback; and as we go through the iterative process in further defining the game and fleshing out that content were doing so with the player in mind and their voice in our ear. That is I think one of the key distinguishing factors between our development and many developments that you guys may have seen in the past.[44]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 preview ancients mobs.[45]

What this experience for Alpha one is going to be- that month-long experience- it is not intended to be a content experience... It is not intended to be a game experience. It is not intended to be a fully-fledged content experience. So keep that in mind.[46]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 is a testing release of the Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[48] Alpha-1 will test:

  • Progressione to level 15.[50][51]
    The composition of class skills or archetype skills has to tread a fine line between two roads: One we wanted to be representative of skills not just that would traditionally be found 1 through 15 but we're actually introducing some skills that might be found later, because we want to test those particular ideas and how the skill functions.[50]Steven Sharif
  • 4 playable races.[49]
    A lot of times people ask well why haven't we seen the other races and stuff? We want to establish the quality bar and process with these races first and then when we move into further content production for the other races we have have those pipelines in place and we have the processes in place and we know how to approach them.[52]
  • The economy present in Alpha-1 is not reflective of the final state of the game.[66]
    We have an economy but it's not really going to be reflective of the final how the economy is going to work. It'll work for alpha one and there'll be plenty of things to trade and buy and exchange, but it's not going to be really super representative what the final state is. So keep that in mind as well it's a stubbed-in system. It's not a complete or really finalized system at all.[66]Jeffrey Bard
  • Navi for "island hopping".[78][79]
    • Temporary teleportation points will be present in early tests until ships are introduced later in the alpha testing.[78]
info-orange.pngSome of the following information has not been recently confirmed by the developers and may not be on the current development roadmap for Alpha-1.

Alpha-2

Alpha-2 is the Persistent alpha.[27][28] This release is expected to include the following:

UI, tutorial systems, and much of the questing will remain placeholder for Alpha One, and won't really come online until Alpha Two.[22]Steven Sharif

Beta testing

The Beta-1 and Beta-2 testing phases of Ceneri della creazione will be short.[90]

The game should be pretty much done (at beta stage) and final polish and stuff like that being put in. We don't want people to get totally burnt out on the game before we actually release. So once we get to the beta phases it should be short and sweet.[90]Jeffrey Bard

Beta testing of Ceneri della creazione (the MMORPG) will be closed.[92]

Head start

Head start grants early access one or two days prior to the live launch of Ceneri della creazione for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[93]

  • Head start is a means to gradually ramp up the population to avoid player concurrency issues at launch.[94]
  • Head start will also be a way to address any last-minute launch or deployment issues.[95]

The point of head start is twofold: One for testing, making sure that the live launch servers pre-wipe are good; and then Two, it's a way to stagger the population move into the game. Because if you have servers with 10,000 concurrent player capability and you have everyone logging in at the exact same time, that is a problem I've never seen an MMO tackle successfully, ever.[94]Steven Sharif

Headstart servers

The number of head start servers is estimated to be three. This is subject to change.[96]

  • There will be an OCE headstart server.[97]

Headstart limitations

The game functionality is limited during the head start period so that players cannot decide the world-scape earlier than others.[98]

  • During the head start, the node system will be deactivated.[98]
  • Head start specific servers are also planned.[98]
  • It will not be possible to secure player housing during the headstart period due to the deactivation of the node system.[98]

Head start was not a mistake, I tend to listen to my development team with regards to their vast past experiences in mmo launches and development. Advice from engineering on head starts was they are extremely desired in order to test any last minute launch/deployment issues that “always” happen. So I did as much as possible to mitigate the potential p2w elements/issues while still adhering to sound development principles. Including designating which servers are head start servers. So wanna make sure we don’t “chop” this one as a mistake or misstep. Everything done is done to ensure a quality launch/product.[95]Steven Sharif

NDA

Today I have made the decision to release our current Alpha One Testers from their verbal NDA over all prior Alpha One Preview testing, and future testing. The visual NDA shall remain in place until July. I have made this decision so that the community may discuss the experiences had, and progress made with the Ashes project, in anticipation of the full NDA release in July. Of course, It's important to note, that the Alpha One experience is not meant to be a content test. But rather, standing up core systems in their bare bones state and vetting our technical architectures, while providing the opportunity for us to optimize and squash bugs.[102]Steven Sharif

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[104]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[105]

  • Alpha-1 testing phases will include full wipes.[106]
  • Servers may also be wiped between individual tests, unless the developers require progression to be saved for certain spot tests.[107]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[108]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse early access trailer.[110][111]

The standalone prequel to the upcoming epic MMORPG Ashes of Creation - both a testing ground for new systems and content, as well as a unique last-man-standing action game where magic, steel, and chaos reign supreme in a high fantasy, free-to-play experience.[110]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse (also referred to as APOC)[112] was a free-to-play[113] matchmaking-based arena game with three primary modes.[114]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse utilizes action-based combat.[114][49][116]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale early access testing ended on March 10, 2020.[14]

Pietre miliari

December 2015 First team members were hired.[121]
February 2016 Ceneri della creazione design documentation and prototyping.[122][121]
December 10, 2016 Official website was launched and project announced.[121]
January 18, 2017 Official discord was launched.[123]
May 2, 2017 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign launched with $750,000 funding goal.[124]
June 3, 2017 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign completed with 19,576 backers raising $3,271,809.[125]
June 2017 Game production began with a team size of 15-20.[122]
June 21, 2017 Estate crowdfunding campaign launched.[126]
July 22, 2017 Summer crowdfunding campaign completed with 2,485 backers.[127]
September 1, 2017 PAX West 2017.[128][129]
November 4, 2017 Raised $16,500 for Extra Life children's hospitals.[130]
December 15, 2017 Alpha-0 released on schedule.[4]
March 19-23, 2018 Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018.[131]
April 5, 2018 PAX East 2018.[132]
August 15, 2018 Last day for purchases of Alpha-1 through Intrepid pre-order packs.[49]
August 20, 2018 At Gamescom with My.com.[133]
August 27, 2018 100 developers working on Ashes of Creation.[134]
September 1, 2018 PAX West 2018 panel.[135]
October 19, 2018 Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale (previously called Alpha-1 phase 1 battlegrounds).[7]
November 4, 2018 Raised $20,518 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[136]
April 15, 2019 60 developers working on Ashes of Creation at San Diego offices (following disengagement with Malaysian art team).[137]
November 3, 2019 Raised $20,901 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[138]
August 21, 2020 Announced a mutual parting of ways with publisher My.games.[139]
October 17, 2020 Almost 3,000,000 registered accounts for Ashes of Creation.[140]
October 17, 2020 ~87 developers working on Ashes of Creation.[141]
November 8, 2020 Raised $88,546 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[142]
February 26, 2021 Official ashesofcreation.com website redesign.[143]
May 5, 2021 Alpha-1 sales resumed with the announcement of the Adventurer pre-order pack.[144]
May 17, 2021 Verbal NDA was lifted from Alpha-1 testing.[102]

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[145]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[146]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[147]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[148]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[149]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[149]
  • Best indie MMO of 2020 – massivelyop.com reader's poll.[150]
  • Most anticipated MMO of 2021 and beyond – massivelyop.com reader's poll.[151]
  • Forbes: Top 10 Best Upcoming New MMORPGs For 2021 And Beyond.[152]

See also

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