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Alpha-2 character creator user interface (first pass).[1]

Alpha-2 is intending to be obviously a very large chunk of the game's mechanics: a very very big percentage of it.[2]Steven Sharif

A large percentage of Ashes of Creation's game systems are expected to be in place for Alpha-2.[2]

Alpha-1 and Alpha-2 testers may be invited to participate in spot testing prior to the Alpha-2 release.[29]

Alpha-2 is known as the persistent alpha.[30][31]

Alpha-2 availability

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Alpha-2 Alpha-2 (persistent alpha).[30][31] To be announced.[32]

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Persistent alpha

Alpha-2 is known as the persistent alpha.[30][31] Persistent means that the Alpha-2 servers will be kept up all day and night until launch.[30]

The ultimate goal for A2 is to be persistent and the PTS, but before we get that far there's gonna be some wipes I would expect.[33]Steven Sharif

Alpha-2 server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[34]

  • Alpha-1 testing phases will include full wipes.[35]
  • Servers may also be wiped between individual tests, unless the developers require progression to be saved for certain spot tests.[36]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[33]Steven Sharif

Alpha testing system requirements

Alpha-1 stress testing, March 17, 2021.[37]

Funny story; So yesterday as we are stress/density testing with our NDA testers, I accidentally summoned 5k bears around our few hundred players. But hey, it didn’t crash! Can you spot Lt. Toast here?[37]Steven Sharif

These are fully operational NPCs. They have behavior trees, they have AI blackboards; you know they are functioning as an NPC would; and to my surprise, to everyone's surprise actually, the server handled it quite well: 5000 entities all within a very dense area.[38]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation alpha testing minimum system specification.[39] These system specs have not changed for Unreal Engine 5.[40][41]

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2125 3.3GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 3.3GHz
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon 6870 HD with 1GB and DirectX 12
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 35 GB of available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

Recommended specification.[39]

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz / AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon R9 Fury with 4GB and DirectX 12
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 35 GB of available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

Tulnar race

The Tulnar race will be in place before Alpha-2. Concepts and early works are expected at that time.[14]

Naval schedule

Naval content will be present in Alpha-2.[43][2]

Artisan classes timeline

Artisan classes (Gathering, Processing, Crafting) will come online fully in Alpha-2 and the Betas.[45][21]

Crafting honestly will not come online in any sense of its true form until Alpha-2. Alpha-1 has essentially what are intended to be the core gameplay loop of crafting, meaning the collection of materials, the translation of those materials into processed goods, and the use of those processed goods into item acquisition. That's the core gameplay loop that is currently present in Alpha-1. But those are mostly facilitated kind of piggy backing the merchant systems right now and not actually using the real crafting system; and that's because crafting hasn't been completed in a form that can be implemented in Alpha-1, but will be for Alpha-2. What's present in Alpha-1 doesn't even really scratch the surface for crafting.[21]Steven Sharif

Alpha-2 NDA

Alpha-1, Alpha-2, Beta-1, Beta-2 releases are not covered by NDA (non-disclosure agreement).[47]

Participation

Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[51]

See also

References

  1. Video, 31 March 2022 (34:16).
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 Podcast, 29 September 2021 (59:29).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Video, 31 March 2022 (0:00).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Interview, 14 January 2022 (3:50).
  5. Livestream, 29 April 2022 (56:24).
  6. Livestream, 29 April 2022 (32:29).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Blog: Creative Director's Letter, October 16 2020
  8. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  9. cc-alpha-2.png
  10. Livestream, 28 January 2022 (15:35).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Podcast, 29 September 2021 (23:00).
  12. Interview, 20 October 2018 (12:38).
  13. Livestream, 28 March 2020 (1:41:11).
  14. 14.0 14.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (2:17).
  15. steven-family-summon-2.png
  16. Interview, 20 October 2018 (0:00).
  17. Livestream, 24 September 2021 (1:18:06).
  18. Livestream, 24 September 2021 (1:19:17).
  19. Livestream, 29 April 2022 (21:00).
  20. 20.0 20.1 Livestream, 27 September 2018 (54:02).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Interview, 7 February 2021 (35:30).
  22. Livestream, 29 April 2022 (25:16).
  23. Livestream, 25 February 2022 (1:10:00s).
  24. Livestream, 28 January 2022 (7:26).
  25. Livestream, 23 December 2021 (40:53).
  26. Livestream, 23 December 2021 (50:50).
  27. steven-bear-a2.png
  28. Livestream, 31 October 2018 (47:44).
  29. Livestream, 30 July 2021 (45:11).
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 30.6 Livestream, 18 January 2018 (25:22).
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 alpha and beta phases.png
  32. release-dates.png
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 server-wipes.png
  34. 34.0 34.1 server wipe.jpg
  35. Alpha one test schedule, Mar 12, 2021.
  36. Livestream, 30 November 2020 (7:27).
  37. 37.0 37.1 steven-a1-stress-test.png
  38. Livestream, 26 March 2021 (12:34).
  39. 39.0 39.1 What are the minimum requirements for Alpha?
  40. Livestream, 23 December 2021 (49:39).
  41. Livestream, 23 December 2021 (42:09).
  42. Livestream, 30 September 2020 (41:13).
  43. 43.0 43.1 Livestream, 31 March 2022 (1:10:43).
  44. Livestream, 30 November 2020 (24:51).
  45. 45.0 45.1 Livestream, 26 March 2021 (42:28).
  46. Livestream, 30 April 2021 (41:18).
  47. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (49:26).
  48. Livestream, 29 May 2020 (31:37).
  49. alpha-1-nda-1.png
  50. Interview, 24 August 2018 (12:18).
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).