Release Phases

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Phase Planned Actual
Friends & Family Alpha Oct/Nov 2017
Alpha 0 Dec 15, 2017
Alpha 1 Q3 2018
Alpha 1 Phase 1 Sept 2018
Alpha 1 Phase 2 2nd Qtr 2019
Alpha 2 3rd Qtr 2019
Raffle Beta 2019
Closed Beta Phase 1 2019
Closed Beta Phase 2 2019
Other Betas
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][5]
    • 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.[6]
    • 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[7]
    • Twitch Stream !raffle
    • Randomly on Discord
    • Other Community Members Contributing to AoC's Success
  • NDA (non-disclosure agreement) [8]
  • Sneak Peek of Launcher?

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Alpha 1

  • Planned: 2018 [2][9] [10]
  • Part of Kickstarter Packages "Braver of Worlds" and higher
  • No NDA [11][12]
  • 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 [13]
  • 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. [14][15]
  • Trying to have controller support in for a1p1 [16] [17]


Alpha 1 Phase 1

[18] [19][20][21][22]

Battlegrounds - End of September 2018
  • This is their Battle Royale Mode. More Info
    • It is running at time slots for now, but will eventually go 24/7. [23]
      • All 10k Alpha 1 Backers will have access
  • Be able to build and complete various structures. [24]
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 [25]
  • Merchant System:
    • Earn coin and upgrade your character to ensure success.
Other Notes
  • Access will eventually be granted to everyone[26]
  • Alpha 1 testers will test each arena mode a full month before that mode is granted to registered users[27]

Alpha 1 Phase 2

  • Planned: Beginning of the second quarter of 2019 [28]
  • Progression to level 20
  • Nodes will be fully functional and progress to level 3.
    • Includes shops, government, freeholds, Crafting![29]
  • 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[30]

Alpha 2

  • Planned: Third quarter of 2019 [28] [31]
  • 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.[32][33]
  • Part of Kickstarter Packages "Founder" and higher
  • Become the Play Test Server[32]
  • Tulnar expected to be in place [34]
  • Expect Ships to be release[35]

Raffle Beta

  • Planned: After Alpha 2 But Before Beta 1[36]
  • Weekly random drawings of registered users[37]
  • Twitch Stream !raffle
  • Randomly on Discord
  • Other Community Members Contributing to AoC's Success

Closed Beta Phase 1

  • Planned: Late 2019 After Q3
  • Part of Kickstarter Packages "Pioneer" and higher
  • Probably not persistent. Beta will have periods of access points and then that period will close. [33]

Closed Beta Phase 2

  • Planned: 2019 [31]
  • Part of Kickstarter Packages "Settler" and higher
  • Probably not persistent. Beta will have periods of access points and then that period will close. [33]

Other Betas

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

Headstart

  • Planned: 2019
  • Separate "Headstart" Servers [38][39]
  • Useful for Final Testing before Launch
  • Disabled Nodes
  • Players Can:
    • Explore the World
    • PvP

Launch

  • Planned: 2019
  • Non-headstart Servers [38]

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1
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  5. Ashes_of_Creation_Livestream_2018-5-4#.5B40:50.5D_How_long_until_Alpha-0_ends.3F
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  15. Ashes_of_Creation_Livestream_2018-7-9#.5B42:09.5D_Will_Alpha_1_.28A1.29_have_set_time_slots_or_will_it_be_open_testing.3F
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  17. PAX_East_2018_Steven_Q&A_2018-4-6#Controller_support.3F
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  20. Ashes_of_Creation_Community_Podcast_024_2018-5-11#.5B57:44.5D_Community_question:_Can_we_expect_this_new_combat_system_to_be_ready_for_Alpha_1.3F
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  22. Livestream_September_27_2018#Discussion
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqWsNeemuQI&feature=youtu.be&t=1m52s
  24. PAX_West_Panel_2018-09-01#PvP_Modes_in_Alpha_1_Phase_1
  25. From_The_Ashes_Ep_42_Steven_Interview_2018-4-22#Alpha_Soul:_How_does_Intrepid_plan_to_make_raiding_have_real_weight_and_lore_behind_it.3F
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  28. 28.0 28.1 Alpha1Phase2TL.jpg
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