Release Phases

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Friends & Family Alpha Oct/Nov 2017
Alpha 0 Dec 15, 2017
Alpha 1 2018
Alpha 1 Phase 1
Alpha 1 Phase 2 2nd Qtr 2019
Alpha 2 3rd Qtr 2019
Raffle Beta 2018/2019
Closed Beta Phase 1 Late 2018 / Early 2019
Closed Beta Phase 2 2019
Other Betas 2018/2019
Headstart 2019
Launch 2019

Friends & Family Alpha

  • Planned: Oct/Nov 2017[1][2]
  • Friends and Family Invites

Alpha 0

  • Planned: Dec 15, 2017[3]
  • Alpha 0 Experience [4]
    • Zone size will be similar to PAX with more unlocked.
    • There will be three Node areas.
    • Only one Node will be able to reach village stage.
    • Different bosses and story lines will be experienced depending on which node is developed.
    • Alpha 0 will test Tech, Tech Supports, and Systems.
    • Alpha 0 will take place in the Empyrean starter area, while PAX took place in the Kaelar area.
    • The areas will continue to be expanded in the future.
    • This will showcase the second divine gateway.
  • Community invites rewarded via (These keys do not apply towards later Alphas [1])
    • Weekly random drawings of registered users[5]
    • Twitch Stream !raffle
    • Randomly on Discord
    • Other Community Members Contributing to AoC's Success
  • NDA (non-disclosure agreement) [6]
  • Sneak Peek of Launcher?

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Alpha 1

  • Planned: 2018 [2][7] [8]
  • Part of Kickstarter Packages "Braver of Worlds" and higher
  • No NDA [9]
  • Expected Early Q4 2018
  • Divided into Part 1 and Part 2 - This is a content divide not a tester divide
  • There will be a test period before Alpha One for A1 [10]
  • Will include the kickstarter backers at the Braver of Worlds Tier and higher.
  • Intrepid does internal testing and QA testing. Eventually, Intrepid does a soft roll out. That's the alpha of A1.
  • Will probably start with time slots, until stability is worked out, then will go into longer form, eventually having several weeks of consistent play at the end of A1 testing. [11]
  • Trying to have controller support in for a1p1 [12]


Alpha 1 Phase 1

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Battlegrounds - End of September 2018
Castle Seige Mode - End of December 2018
  • Objective Based:
    • Defenders Must Protect Key Strategic Objectives to maintain advantage
    • Attackers must destroy key strategic objectives to swing the battle in their favor
  • Class Kits:
    • Choose your class wisely - synergies will be important
  • Takes place in and around a large destructible castle.
  • 100 v 100 (200 simultaneous players)
  • Seige Weaponry that is deployable and can be piloted by players
  • Guild Mode:
    • Invite up to 20 of your guildmates to a match!
Horde Mode - City Siege - End of March 2019
  • Co-op objectives:
    • Work together, and react to the world to keep the horde at bay.
    • Wave-based progression
  • Each wave is more diffcult than the last - how long can your rag-tag a group survive?
  • Monster Coin Implementation:
    • Join a game as part of the Horde, and slay as many players as you can!
  • Boss mechanics / Boss battles:
    • Fight Legendary Creatures that will require skill and strenth to overcome
  • Merchant System:
    • Earn coin and upgrade your character to ensure success.
Other Notes
  • Access will eventually be granted to everyone[15]
  • Alpha 1 testers will test each arena mode a full month before that mode is granted to registered users[16]

Alpha 1 Phase 2

  • Planned: Beginning of the second quarter of 2019 [17]
  • Progression to level 20
  • Nodes will be fully functional and progress to level 3.
    • Includes shops, government, freeholds!
  • Four out of nine races available
  • All eight base classes available
  • Character creation suite
  • 25% of the total world space implemented
  • Concurrent server population 10,000
  • 2-3 Servers
  • Access will only be granted to Alpha One Backers[18]

Alpha 2

  • Planned: Third quarter of 2019 [17] [19]
  • Persistant Alpha: This means that Intrepid is going to keep the A2 servers up all day and night until launch, not that there will be no character wipes.[20][21]
  • Part of Kickstarter Packages "Founder" and higher
  • Become the Play Test Server[20]
  • Tulnar expected to be in place [22]

Raffle Beta

  • Planned: 2018/2019?[23]
  • Weekly random drawings of registered users[24]
  • Twitch Stream !raffle
  • Randomly on Discord
  • Other Community Members Contributing to AoC's Success

Closed Beta Phase 1

  • Planned: Late 2018/ Early 2019[19]
  • Part of Kickstarter Packages "Pioneer" and higher
  • Probably not persistent. Beta will have periods of access points and then that period will close. [21]

Closed Beta Phase 2

  • Planned: 2019 [19]
  • Part of Kickstarter Packages "Settler" and higher
  • Probably not persistent. Beta will have periods of access points and then that period will close. [21]

Other Betas

  • Planned: 2018/2019?
  • No known information has been released about any additional open/closed betas.

Headstart

  • Planned: 2019
  • Separate "Headstart" Servers [25]
  • Useful for Final Testing before Launch
  • Disabled Nodes
  • Players Can:
    • Explore the World
    • PvP

Launch

  • Planned: 2019
  • Non-headstart Servers [25]

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1
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  3. Ashes_of_Creation_-_Pax_West_Pre-Alpha_Tutorial
  4. http://www.aocwiki.net/Ashes_of_Creation_Livestream_2017-09-15
  5. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1791529601/ashes-of-creation-new-mmorpg-by-intrepid-studios/faqs | Image
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  7. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1791529601/ashes-of-creation-new-mmorpg-by-intrepid-studios/faqs | Image
  8. http://www.aocwiki.net/MMORPG_Podcast_2017-05-13
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  10. http://www.aocwiki.net/From_The_Ashes_Ep_42_Steven_Interview_4/22/2018#Alpha_Soul:_What_role_do_the_three_houses.2C_like_the_Thieves_Guild.2C_the_Craftsman_Union.2C_what_role_do_they_have_aside_from_augments.3F
  11. http://www.aocwiki.net/Ashes_of_Creation_Livestream_2018-7-9
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  13. http://www.aocwiki.net/PAX_EAST_2018_-_Ashes_of_Creation_-_Making_of_The_Most_Anticipated_MMORPG#Closing
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  17. 17.0 17.1 Alpha1Phase2TL.jpg
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  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2
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    http://www.mmogames.com/gamearticles/ashes-creation-interview-creative-director-steven-sharif/
  20. 20.0 20.1 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1791529601/ashes-of-creation-new-mmorpg-by-intrepid-studios/faqs | Image
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 http://www.aocwiki.net/Ashes_of_Creation_Livestream_2018-1-18
  22. http://www.aocwiki.net/PAX_EAST_2018_Sunday_Steven_Q#When_will_we_see_Tulnar.3F_Do_they_Equal_Furries.3F
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  24. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1791529601/ashes-of-creation-new-mmorpg-by-intrepid-studios/faqs | Image
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