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Milestones

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December 2015 First team members were hired.[1]
February 2016 Ashes of Creation design documentation and prototyping.[2][1]
December 10, 2016 Official website was launched and project announced.[1]
January 18, 2017 Official discord was launched.[3]
May 2, 2017 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign launched with $750,000 funding goal.[4]
June 3, 2017 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign completed with 19,576 backers raising $3,271,809.[5]
June 2017 Game production began with a team size of 15-20.[2]
June 21, 2017 Summer crowdfunding campaign launched.[6]
July 22, 2017 Summer crowdfunding campaign completed with 2,485 backers.[7]
September 1, 2017 PAX West 2017.[8][9]
November 4, 2017 Raised $16,500 for Extra Life children's hospitals.[10]
December 15, 2017 Alpha-0 released on schedule.[11]
March 19-23, 2018 Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018.[12]
April 5, 2018 PAX East 2018.[13]
August 15, 2018 Last day for purchases of Alpha-1 through Intrepid pre-order packs.[14]
August 20, 2018 At Gamescom with My.com.[15]
August 27, 2018 100 developers working on Ashes of Creation.[16]
September 1, 2018 PAX West 2018 panel.[17]
October 19, 2018 Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale (previously called Alpha-1 phase 1 battlegrounds).[18]
November 4, 2018 Raised $20,518 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[19]
April 15, 2019 60 developers working on Ashes of Creation at San Diego offices (following disengagement with Malaysian art team).[20]
November 3, 2019 Raised $20,901 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[21]
August 21, 2020 Announced a mutual parting of ways with publisher My.games.[22]
October 17, 2020 Almost 3,000,000 registered accounts for Ashes of Creation.[23]
October 17, 2020 ~87 developers working on Ashes of Creation.[24]
November 8, 2020 Raised $88,546 for Rady Children's hospital with Extra Life.[25]
February 26, 2021 Official ashesofcreation.com website redesign.[26]
May 5, 2021 Alpha-1 sales resumed with the announcement of the Adventurer pre-order pack.[27]
May 17, 2021 Verbal NDA was lifted from Alpha-1 testing.[28]
July 9, 2021 Alpha-1 no-NDA preview weekend began on schedule.[29]
July 11, 2021 Alpha-1 no-NDA preview weekend completed on schedule.[30]
July 14, 2021 Alpha-1 no-NDA began on schedule.[31][32]

Release schedule

Glorious Ashes of Creation community! Welcome to the start of our month-long Ashes of Creation Alpha One! We are extremely excited to invite folks to this glorious milestone of our development journey with NO NDA as we want everyone to be able to provide feedback unfiltered. During Alpha One testing, we'll be looking for your feedback specifically on the following things: download and installation process, client performance, and server performance.[31][32]Steven Sharif

The Ashes of Creation release schedule is subject to change.[33]

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Pre‑alpha Alpha-0.[34] December 15, 2017.[11]
APOC Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA).[35] September 7, 2018.[36]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress test (NDA lifted).[18] October 19, 2018.[18]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale open beta.[37] December 18, 2018.[38]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale early access.[39] September 24, 2019.[40]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode PI closed testing.[41] December 19, 2019.[41]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale testing ends.[42] March 10, 2020.[43]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode.[35] After Alpha-1.[44][42]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[35] After Alpha-1.[44][42]
Alpha Alpha-1 early preview livestream.[45] March 27, 2020.[46]
Alpha-1 limited QA testing (NDA).[47][48] May 28, 2020.[49][50]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 1 (NDA).[51] Dec 18 - Dec 21 2020.[51]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 2 (NDA).[51] Feb 19 - Feb 22 2021.[52][53]
Alpha-1 preview intermittent spot testing (NDA).[54][55] Mar 19 - Jul 9 2021.[54][55]
Alpha-1 preview weekend (no NDA).[54] July 9 - July 11 2021.[30][29][54]
Alpha-1 (no NDA).[54] July 14 - August 13 2021.[54]
Alpha-1 additional tests.[56] To be announced.[56]
Alpha-2 (persistent alpha).[57][58] To be announced.[59]
Beta Beta-1. To be announced.[59]
Beta-2. To be announced.[59]
Pre‑release Head start for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[60] 1-2 days before launch.[60][61]
Release Launch (live) release. To be announced.[59][62]
Post‑launch Major releases (DLC expansions). Quarterly or six-monthly.[63][64]
Minor releases. Monthly.[63][64]

Accomplishments

  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[65]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[66]
  • Most anticipated MMO – MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.[67]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[68]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[69]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[69]
  • Best indie MMO of 2020 – massivelyop.com reader's poll.[70]
  • Most anticipated MMO of 2021 and beyond – massivelyop.com reader's poll.[71]
  • Forbes: Top 10 Best Upcoming New MMORPGs For 2021 And Beyond.[72]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
  2. 2.0 2.1 steven-milestones.png
  3. Ashes Discord.png
  4. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter campaign
  5. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
  6. Summer Crowdfunding.png
  7. summerended.png
  8. PAX West 2017 Schedule.
  9. PAX West 2017 Map.
  10. Intrepid Studios Dev Team.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Livestream, 18 January 2018 (2:48).
  12. GDC.png
  13. PAX East.png
  14. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  15. gamescom.png
  16. Ashes of Creation Gamescom 2018 Interview: Responding to Criticism.
  17. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 alpha1-phase-1-update.png
  19. Intrepid Studios Extra Life 2018 (@MediaAoC).
  20. Interview, 15 April 2019 (5:09).
  21. extralife2019.png
  22. Blog: New Adventure Awaits.
  23. Interview, 17 October 2020 (18:36).
  24. Interview, 17 October 2020 (56:55).
  25. extralife2020.png
  26. Livestream, 26 February 2021 (9:51).
  27. Ashes of Creation Store: May cosmetics.
  28. steven-a1-verbal-nda.png
  29. 29.0 29.1 Ashes of Creation Twitter - Alpha-1 Preview Weekend Begins
  30. 30.0 30.1 steven-a1preview-end.png
  31. 31.0 31.1 toast-a1-launch.png
  32. 32.0 32.1 Guide to Alpha One.
  33. kickstarter release schedule.png
  34. alpha-0 pre-alpha.png
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Livestream, 1 September 2018 (54:06).
  36. alpha-1-stress-test-3.png
  37. Press release - Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Launches December 18.
  38. apoc-beta.png
  39. Blog: Ashes of Creation Apocalypse heads into early access.
  40. @AoCApocalypse on Twitter.
  41. 41.0 41.1 Livestream, 17 December 2019 (18:33).
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Blog: Early Access for Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Battle Royale Testing Ends.
  43. apoc-offline.png
  44. 44.0 44.1 alpha-1-nda-3.png
  45. March 2020 newsletter.
  46. Video, 23 March 2020 (0:01).
  47. alpha-1-nda-2.png
  48. alpha-1-nda-1.png
  49. steven-a1-testing-start.png
  50. Creative Director's Letter, 1 April 2020.
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 Blog: Creative Director's Letter, October 16 2020
  52. Livestream, 26 February 2021 (14:58).
  53. Blog: Creative Director's Letter, January 2021.
  54. 54.0 54.1 54.2 54.3 54.4 54.5 Alpha One Schedule Update, May 10 2021.
  55. 55.0 55.1 An Update on Alpha One Schedule, March 12 2021
  56. 56.0 56.1 alpha-1-tests.png
  57. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (25:22).
  58. alpha and beta phases.png
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 59.3 release-dates.png
  60. 60.0 60.1 Founder.png
  61. Braver of Worlds.png
  62. Livestream, 8 March 2019 (57:26).
  63. 63.0 63.1 Interview, 7 February 2021 (21:57).
  64. 64.0 64.1 Livestream, 8 May 2017 (11:14).
  65. kickstarter most funded MMORPG.png
  66. kickstarter most funded video game.png
  67. MMORPG.com's Best of 2017 Awards.
  68. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.
  69. 69.0 69.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards
  70. MassivelyOP 2020 awards reader's poll.
  71. MassivelyOP reader's poll.
  72. Forbes: Top 10 Best Upcoming New MMORPGs For 2021 And Beyond