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

  • QA testing prior to the full release of Alpha-1 is covered by NDA.[2][3]
    • The text and voice NDA was lifted from the PI QA testing phase on May 28, 2020.[2]
    • The NDA will remain in place until the end of fall.[4]

Release schedule

I am happy to announce the dates for Alpha One testing. This schedule will include Alpha One testers for a 4-day stress test starting on December 18, 2020. Now this first test will remain under NDA, as there will still likely be some considerable polish and bug fixing necessary. I will of course provide some recorded footage of the event so the community at large can see the testing. The gap between the December test and the February test will provide our team with the time necessary to iterate and fix bugs, then in March we will aim to have a 1-week test stood up in preparation for the final month-long test in April.[5]Steven Sharif

The Ashes of Creation release schedule is subject to change.[6]

We have a very, very busy 4th quarter ahead of us, and the team will be hard at work preparing for the Alpha One test dates. The content push is well underway internally for the Alpha Two and Beta test periods. Plus, much of what Alpha One brings will help us identify areas of reworking that are necessary, and will prompt many community discussions.[5]Steven Sharif

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

Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:


Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[38]

See also