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Release schedule

Glorious Ashes of Creation community, the month long Alpha One testing period has come to an end. On behalf of the entire team at Intrepid I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our amazing A1 testers. They have endured a lot of spot tests, during crazy hours over the last several months. The data, feedback and conversations with our players has been a wealth of help in guiding our hands for the trek to Alpha Two.

I also want to thank our wonderful community, for following along with the testing, development updates, and giving your thoughts across the discord, forums, Reddit and all of our social channels.

Ashes is a huge endeavor and it’s being built with passion from our magnificent team at Intrepid. So I want to express mine and John’s deepest felt thanks to the hardworking colleagues we go to work with everyday. This is a big milestone for the project, and I think I speak for our community when I say, Great job Intrepid team.

We have a lot to do, and as always we will be keeping everyone informed on our progress with our monthly updates. Our goal has been and shall continue to be a quality focused MMORPG to make us all proud to call Ashes of Creation. Much love to everyone.[9]Steven Sharif

The Ashes of Creation release schedule is subject to change.[10]

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Pre‑alpha Alpha-0.[11] December 15, 2017.[12]
APOC Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA).[13] September 7, 2018.[14]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA lifted).[15] October 19, 2018.[15]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale open beta.[16] December 18, 2018.[17]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale early access.[18] September 24, 2019.[19]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode PI closed testing.[20] December 19, 2019.[20]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale testing ends.[21] March 10, 2020.[22]
Alpha Alpha-1 early preview livestream.[23] March 27, 2020.[24]
Alpha-1 limited QA testing (NDA).[25][26] May 28, 2020.[27][28]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 1 (NDA).[29] Dec 18 - Dec 21 2020.[29]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 2 (NDA).[29] Feb 19 - Feb 22 2021.[30][31]
Alpha-1 preview intermittent spot testing (NDA).[32][33] Mar 19 - Jul 9 2021.[32][33]
Alpha-1 preview weekend (no NDA).[32] July 9 - July 11 2021.[34][35][32]
Alpha-1 (no NDA).[32] July 14 - August 15 2021.[9][36]
Alpha-1 intermittent spot testing.[37][38] After August 15 2021.[37][36]
Alpha-2 (persistent alpha).[39][40] To be announced.[36]
Beta Beta-1. To be announced.[36]
Beta-2. To be announced.[36]
Pre‑release Head start for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[41] 1-2 days before launch.[41][42]
Release Launch (live) release. To be announced.[36][43]
Post‑launch Major releases (DLC expansions). Quarterly or six-monthly.[44][45]
Minor releases. Monthly.[44][45]

Head start

Head start grants early access one or two days prior to the live launch of Ashes of Creation for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[46]

  • Head start is a means to gradually ramp up the population to avoid player concurrency issues at launch.[47]
  • Head start will also be a way to address any last-minute launch or deployment issues.[48]

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.[47]Steven Sharif

Headstart servers

The number of head start servers is estimated to be three. This is subject to change.[49]

  • There will be an OCE headstart server.[50]

Headstart limitations

The game functionality is limited during the head start period so that players cannot decide the world-scape earlier than others.[51]

  • During the head start, the node system will be deactivated.[51]
  • Head start specific servers are also planned.[51]
  • It will not be possible to secure player housing during the headstart period due to the deactivation of the node system.[51]

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.[48]Steven Sharif



Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[55]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[56]

  • Alpha-1 testing phases will include full wipes.[57]
  • Servers may also be wiped between individual tests, unless the developers require progression to be saved for certain spot tests.[58]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[59]Steven Sharif

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kickstarter packages.
  2. MMOGAMES Interview, 8 September 2017.
  3. beta 0.png
  4. Intrepid pre-order pack.
  5. Adventurer pre-order pack.
  6. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  7. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  8. Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  9. 9.0 9.1 alpha-1-end.png
  10. kickstarter release schedule.png
  11. alpha-0 pre-alpha.png
  12. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (2:48).
  13. Livestream, 1 September 2018 (54:06).
  14. alpha-1-stress-test-3.png
  15. 15.0 15.1 alpha1-phase-1-update.png
  16. Press release - Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Launches December 18.
  17. apoc-beta.png
  18. Blog: Ashes of Creation Apocalypse heads into early access.
  19. @AoCApocalypse on Twitter.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Livestream, 17 December 2019 (18:33).
  21. Blog: Early Access for Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Battle Royale Testing Ends.
  22. apoc-offline.png
  23. March 2020 newsletter.
  24. Video, 23 March 2020 (0:01).
  25. alpha-1-nda-2.png
  26. 26.0 26.1 alpha-1-nda-1.png
  27. steven-a1-testing-start.png
  28. Creative Director's Letter, 1 April 2020.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Blog: Creative Director's Letter, October 16 2020
  30. Livestream, 26 February 2021 (14:58).
  31. Blog: Creative Director's Letter, January 2021.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 Alpha One Schedule Update, May 10 2021.
  33. 33.0 33.1 An Update on Alpha One Schedule, March 12 2021
  34. steven-a1preview-end.png
  35. Ashes of Creation Twitter - Alpha-1 Preview Weekend Begins
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 36.5 release-dates.png
  37. 37.0 37.1 Livestream, 30 July 2021 (20:30).
  38. alpha-1-tests.png
  39. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (25:22).
  40. alpha and beta phases.png
  41. 41.0 41.1 Founder.png
  42. Braver of Worlds.png
  43. Livestream, 8 March 2019 (57:26).
  44. 44.0 44.1 Interview, 7 February 2021 (21:57).
  45. 45.0 45.1 Livestream, 8 May 2017 (11:14).
  46. kickstarter head start.png
  47. 47.0 47.1 Podcast, 4 August 2018 (2:00:05).
  48. 48.0 48.1 steven-headstart.png
  49. Interview, 8 August 2018 (25:53).
  50. head-start-oce-2018-8-8.png
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 51.3 headstart.jpg
  52. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (49:26).
  53. Livestream, 29 May 2020 (31:37).
  54. Interview, 24 August 2018 (12:18).
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).
  56. server wipe.jpg
  57. Alpha one test schedule, Mar 12, 2021.
  58. Livestream, 30 November 2020 (7:27).
  59. server-wipes.png