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The core point with Ashes of Creation, is making sure that it is done right. As a result of some of the needed changes from what we learned in testing Apocalypse, we will be pushing Alpha One back from the Q2 goal we had previously announced. We will be working on implementing these changes so we will be ready for the nearly 10,000 testers we have in Alpha One. We will be focusing on these changes to ensure that we are hitting the goals we want prior to Alpha One, and when we feel we are ready, we will share the new Alpha One date. I know you want a new date, and we’d love to be able to give a new date now, but we don’t want to throw one out there and have to take it back.[1]Steven Sharif

The Ashes of Creation release schedule is subject to change.[2]

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Pre‑alpha Alpha-0.[3] December 15, 2017.[4]
APOC Ashes of Creation Apocalypse arena stress test (NDA).[5] September 7, 2018.[6]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale (NDA lifted).[7] October 19, 2018.[7]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse open beta.[8] December 18, 2018.[9]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mode.[5] To be announced.[10][11]
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode.[5] To be announced.[11]
Alpha Alpha-1.[12] To be announced.[1][13]
Alpha-2 (persistent alpha).[14][15] -
Beta Betas won through the weekly drawings ("Beta-0").[16] After Alphas, but before Betas.[16]
Beta-1. -
Beta-2. -
Pre‑release Head start for crowdfunding backers at the Founder level and above.[17] 1-2 days before launch.[17][18]
Release Launch (live) release. To be announced.[19]
Post‑launch Major releases (DLC expansions). Quarterly.[20]
Minor releases. Monthly.[20]

Quarter two is no longer going to be the proposed date for alpha one delivery. The delay will not be in a number of years it'll be in a number of months. However we are not going to- we give this commitment going forward to the community that when we give you a date we are going to be confident 100% that we can hit that date, which means that those core systems will need to be complete and stood up in a QA format or setting to where we are confident that that date's going to be deliverable.[13]Steven Sharif

Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse

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Ashes of Creation Apocalypse (also referred to as Alpha-1 phase 1 and APOC)[29] will focus on the action side of combat.[30][31][32]

Apocalypse will be a free-to-play mode, so you won't even have to be a backer necessarily to play in it.[38]Steven Sharif

In Apocalypse, you land in a world on the brink of destruction. The only way out is to be the last one standing. It is an arena based game which will support a number of different game modes, including battle royale-style gameplay, castle sieges, and gigantic monster hordes! Not only is Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse an exciting standalone experience, but we're also using it to help test new tech and features for Ashes of Creation - the more you play, the closer we'll get to the final launch of our MMO. Not only that, but any rewards you earn in Apocalypse will carry over to the MMO as well! Our high fantasy setting, the vast array of gear and spells, and our massively destructible environments make for an experience unlike anything you’ve played. Hop in, stay alive, and win the glory.[39]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse testing

Statistics from the December 2018 testing of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse.[40]
  • There were 86,000 registered logins from unique accounts.[41][42]
  • There were 16,000 daily active users (DAU).[43]
  • There were approximately 3 - 4,000 concurrent users each day.[44]

Testing of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse arena (battlegrounds/BR mode) will proceed as follows.[7][45]

  • Alpha-1 testers only.[46]
  • Alpha-2 testers will be invited starting 19 October 2018 at 6:30PM (PDT).[7]
  • Alpha-0, Beta-1 and Beta-2 testers will be invited in the following weeks.[7]
  • Finally, testing will be opened to all registered users.[7]

Glorious Ashes Community, we are expanding our testing group this weekend to include all Alpha 2 backers. We will also be lifting the NDA for the Phase 1 Arena testing going forward. Testing tonight will be starting at around 6:30pm and will be running till Sunday evening. With intermittent maintenances during the tests. We are happy to announce the testing is going very well and we are collecting a lot of useful data. In the weeks moving forward we will begin to announce invites to all beta backers and all A0 testers, before eventually inviting all registered users.[7]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges and Ashes of Creation Apocalypse horde mode testing schedules will be similar.[45]

  • Alpha-1 testers will test for the first month.[45]
  • Alpha-2 testers will be invited following that.[45]
  • All other backers will be invited afterwards.[45]
  • Finally, testing will be opened to all registered users.[45]

A2 will be invited for the br mode, then we will invite all backers, then all registered users. When the castle siege mode is implemented a1 will test alone for the first month, then we will follow the same invite schedule as the br. Same for horde.[45]Steven Sharif

Only Alpha-1 testers gain access to Alpha-1.[47]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse releases

The Ashes of Creation Apocalypse will be released as a bonus to the community.[48][49]

It's not going to be in the MMORPG. But it is possible that we could allow it to persist as a side game: A side mode I guess. Depending on if our testers actually enjoy it.[50]Steven Sharif

You'll be able to share everything you earn there in the MMORPG when it launches; and the arena system will persist post-launch as well. So this will be an all-action based arena that exists side-by-side with Ashes of Creation as a mode that players will get to plan and earn unique cosmetics in.[36]Steven Sharif

Alpha 1 testers will test each arena mode a full month before that mode is granted to registered users. This phase is a bonus phase of development and we will run the arena during development and post launch as a matchmaking mode of Ashes.[37]Steven Sharif

Alpha 1 phase 1, the “arena” will continue as a matchmaking side that everyone can play. An all action mode of combat with br, castle sieges and horde.[51]Steven Sharif


Q: There are a lot of concerns about deadlines and expectations not being met when it comes to times that are continually pushed back. Will this be resolved?
A: We are in active development, and understanding that for the betterment of our game, we may sometimes have to delay previously provided times and dates in order to make sure that you, as the player, have the best experience. That being said, we strive to meet our windows of time that we provide and will be transparent if these times change.[52]Margaret Krohn


Alpha-1 (previously called Alpha-1 phase 2) is a testing release of Ashes of Creation.[56] Alpha-1 will test hybrid action/tab combat.[30]


Alpha-2 is the Persistent alpha.[14][15] This release is expected to include the following:

Beta testing

The Beta-1 and Beta-2 testing phases of Ashes of Creation will be short.[66]

The game should be pretty much done (at beta stage) and final polish and stuff like that being put in. We don't want people to get totally burnt out on the game before we actually release. So once we get to the beta phases it should be short and sweet.[66]Jeffrey Bard

Beta testing of Ashes of Creation (the MMORPG) will be closed.[67]

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.[68]

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.[69]Steven Sharif

Headstart servers

The number of head start servers is estimated to be three. This is subject to change.[70]

  • There will be an OCE headstart server.[71]

Headstart limitations

The game functionality is limited during the head start period so that players cannot decide the world-scape earlier than others.[72]

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


Ashes of Creation Apocalypse battle royale stress testing NDA was lifted on 19 October 2018 at 6:30PM (PDT).[7][76]

Stress testers may discuss their experience. However visuals, including streams, video recording and screenshots for the stress test are under NDA. Unlike other studios, our community quite literally is first in, to Verra. And the stress test might be messy... Only visuals are under NDA.[78][79]Steven Sharif


Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[81]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[82]



  • Kickstarter's most funded MMORPG.[98]
  • Kickstarter's #7 most funded video game.[99]
  • Most anticipated MMO –'s Best of 2017 Awards.[100]
  • Most anticipated early access hands-on MMORPG – MMOs World.[101]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Independent game.[102]
  • Gamescom 2018: Best Online game.[102]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Blog: Creative Director's Letter.
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  3. alpha-0 pre-alpha.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 Livestream, 18 January 2018 (2:48).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Livestream, 1 September 2018 (54:06).
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 alpha1-phase-1-update.png
  8. 8.0 8.1 Press release - Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Launches December 18.
  9. apoc-beta.png
  10. december-update.png
  11. 11.0 11.1 Livestream, 8 March 2019 (1:02:45).
  12. Livestream, 4 May 2018 (47:57).
  13. 13.0 13.1 Livestream, 8 March 2019 (38:30).
  14. 14.0 14.1 Livestream, 18 January 2018 (25:22).
  15. 15.0 15.1 alpha and beta phases.png
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 beta 0.png
  17. 17.0 17.1 link=Founder
  18. link=Braver of worlds
  19. Livestream, 8 March 2019 (57:26).
  20. 20.0 20.1 Livestream, 8 May 2017 (11:14).
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Kickstarter packages.
  22. MMOGAMES Interview, 8 September 2017.
  23. Intrepid pre-order pack.
  24. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  25. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  26. Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  27. apoc-launcher.png
  28. 2018-12-08 Newsletter.
  29. Livestream, 31 October 2018 (35:00).
  30. 30.00 30.01 30.02 30.03 30.04 30.05 30.06 30.07 30.08 30.09 30.10 30.11 30.12 30.13 30.14 30.15 30.16 30.17 Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  31. Podcast, 4 August 2018 (1:07:59).
  32. 32.0 32.1 Interview, 24 August 2018 (13:17).
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Livestream, 17 August 2018 (30:29).
  34. Livestream, 27 September 2018 (9:08).
  35. Podcast, 11 May 2018 (57:42).
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 Livestream, 1 September 2018 (1:05:10).
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  38. Livestream, 31 October 2018 (38:47).
  39. Ashes of Creation Apocalypse registration.
  40. apoc-dec-stats.png
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  43. apoc-dau.png
  44. apoc-concurrency.png
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 45.4 45.5 45.6 a2-invited-for-a1.png
  46. Livestream, 27 September 2018 (9:50).
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  48. 48.0 48.1 Livestream, 31 October 2018 (41:17).
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  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 Interview, 20 October 2018 (2:29:14).
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  52. Reddit Q&A, 8 January 2019.
  53. Livestream, 31 October 2018 (22:46).
  54. Livestream, 31 October 2018 (24:37).
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  56. Video, 5 April 2018 (1:01:40).
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 57.3 57.4 Livestream, 1 September 2018 (1:02:99).
  58. Interview, 8 August 2018 (18:55).
  59. 59.0 59.1 Interview, 8 August 2018 (19:02).
  60. alpha-1-phase-2.png
  61. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (2:17).
  62. Livestream, 27 September 2018 (54:02).
  63. Interview, 20 October 2018 (0:00).
  64. Interview, 20 October 2018 (12:38).
  65. Livestream, 31 October 2018 (47:44).
  66. 66.0 66.1 Livestream, 31 October 2018 (57:22).
  67. Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (6:39).
  68. kickstarter head start.png
  69. Podcast, 4 August 2018 (2:00:05).
  70. Interview, 8 August 2018 (25:53).
  71. head-start-oce-2018-8-8.png
  72. headstart.jpg
  73. alpha-0-nda.png
  74. alpha 0 NDA.png
  75. Livestream, 18 January 2018 (49:26).
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  77. stresstest-NDA.png
  78. stresstest-NDA3.png
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  80. Interview, 24 August 2018 (12:18).
  81. 81.0 81.1 81.2 Livestream, 17 November 2017 (28:50).
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  83. 83.0 83.1 83.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
  84. Ashes Discord.png
  85. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter campaign
  86. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
  87. Summer Crowdfunding.png
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  89. Intrepid Studios Dev Team.
  90. PAX West 2017 Schedule.
  91. PAX West 2017 Map.
  92. GDC.png
  93. PAX East.png
  94. gamescom.png
  95. Ashes of Creation Gamescom 2018 Interview: Responding to Criticism.
  96. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  97. Intrepid Studios Extra Life 2018 (@MediaAoC).
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  99. kickstarter most funded video game.png
  100.'s Best of 2017 Awards.
  101. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.
  102. 102.0 102.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards