Please note that we will be mostly waiting for the full NDA drop before we post updated information on Alpha-1, but we will continue to post information that has specific citeable sources from Intrepid.

Alpha-1 testing

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Hail and well met glorious Ashes of Creation testers. My name is Sean Farrens. I am the manager of quality assurance on Ashes of Creation and on behalf of the Ashes QA team I would like to extend a deep and heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in testing Ashes of Creation during the weekend of May 14 through May 16th for our Alpha 1 build. In spite of instability and uncertainty you have all proven to be invaluable in regards to your feedback and bug reports; and for that I cannot express my gratitude enough. As many of you know, developing an MMORPG is an epic endeavor that is filled with trials and tribulations that no other kind of game will ever encounter; and your illustrated dedication has proven to our team that we are on a high road to the best MMORPG gaming experience to date. During this most recent testing period we received over 2,600 bug reports, which have been an absolute boon to our testing process. We review each report individually and I continue to be impressed with how detailed and helpful each of these reports has been. Like seriously you guys give repro steps and everything. Super duper handy. I greatly look forward to your feedback in the future and hope you enjoy our content so far, so thank you so much everybody.[1]Sean Farrens

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Alpha-1 Alpha-1 early preview livestream.[2] March 27, 2020.[3]
Alpha-1 limited QA testing (NDA).[4][5] May 28, 2020.[6][7]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 1 (NDA).[8] Dec 18 - Dec 21 2020.[8]
Alpha-1 preview pre-test 2 (NDA).[8] Feb 19 - Feb 22 2021.[9][10]
Alpha-1 preview intermittent spot testing (NDA).[11][12] Mar 19 - Jul 9 2021.[11][12]
Alpha-1 preview weekend (no NDA).[11] July 9 - July 11 2021.[11]
Alpha-1 (no NDA).[11] July 14 - August 13 2021.[11]
Alpha-1 additional tests.[13] To be announced.[13]

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The term "alpha" is a tricky one, and it typically has 2 meanings in gaming. The development meaning for alpha is a point in the process where we are ready to test the fundamental systems in their core form, without polish and without much of the content. Then, there is the external or "marketing" term for alpha. This is typically applied to Eastern-ported MMORPGs, when in fact that is a completed game being localized for a region, and not really indicative of a true development alpha. As you may know by now, game development has many stages - from the initial tech demos to the pre-production and pre-alpha states, then on to the alphas and betas and eventually launch.[8]Steven Sharif

I want to make emphatically clear, our alphas and betas are true development alphas and betas, and some have said I am crazy to allow these phases to be seen without an NDA…maybe I am crazy? lol… But I am trusting the community of gamers out there to get a glimpse into the process, and understand the long road ahead for what will eventually be worth the wait. Given time and talent, amazing things can happen, so make sure you help us in communicating that we are in open development which means people get to see the bare bones before the meat. And look, I know people see our 4K footage and say, "This looks better than most released games!", but trust me when I say, you ain't seen nothin’ yet.[8]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 testing goals

Server deployment and performance testing
  • Stress-test our server deployments and player concurrency numbers with high volumes of player activity and interactions.[11]
  • Stand up multiple world server deployments across different geographical regions.[11]
  • Soak test server grid health over a continuous period of production use.[11]
  • Evaluate current networking architecture, and identify non-performant code and areas for additional optimizations or refactoring.[11]
  • Test our build strategy and hot-fix deployment procedures, account services, web-based systems, launcher and patcher stability, and cloud-based infrastructure.[11]
System functionalities and behavior testing (in their core state)
Player character systems (in their core state)
Ancillary systems (in their core state)

The above is not a comprehensive list of everything being tested in Alpha One, but it hits the primary points. There are many other data metrics being collected for our approach to the content production pipelines, system definitions, and refactoring as well. Not to mention a plethora of technical art implications and optimizations, but you get the gist. This is a very fundamental test that will impact the direction of development post-Alpha One, so you can understand the importance of testing and its need for player participation, attention, and feedback.[11]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 combat revamp

4K Alpha-1 preview open world Pvp (2v2).[14]

Todos vocês que estão esperando para ver todas essas mudanças, lembrem-se de que são mudanças iterativas e que elas são meio que implementadas em diferentes fases. Portanto, vocês vão ver o aspecto inicial delas e não esperam que elas sejam totalmente polidas ou que todas as animações ainda tenham sido adaptadas.[15]

Um sistema de combate remodelado estará pronto para ser testado no teste prévio do Alpha-1 em Março e Abril.[16]

  • O objetivo é dar mais controle ao jogador e conseguir um fluxo mais fluido de combate.[17]
  • Esta reformulação não representará a forma final de combate, mas definirá a direção geral que o combate estará tomando.[16]
  • A reformulação será iterativa e será estendida aos testadores em diferentes fases.[17]

Todos vocês que estão esperando para ver todas essas mudanças, lembrem-se de que são mudanças iterativas e que elas são meio que implementadas em diferentes fases. Portanto, vocês vão ver o aspecto inicial delas e não esperam que elas sejam totalmente polidas ou que todas as animações ainda tenham sido adaptadas.[17]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 availability

Alpha-1 is available for purchase again via the Adventurer pre-order pack from May 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific until August 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific.[18][19][20]

Adventurer pre-order pack FAQ

How long will the Adventurer pre-order pack be available?
If I purchase the Adventurer pre-order pack, when can I participate in Alpha-1 testing?
Will there be a limited number of Adventurer pre-order packs available?
  • We have not announced any plans to limit the quantity of available Adventurer Pre-order Packages. However, keep in mind that the Adventurer Pre-order Package will only be available for purchase until August 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific..[18]
If I already own a pre-order package, how can I get access to Alpha-1?
If I’m a Kickstarter or Crowdfunding do verão campaign backer, how can I get access to Alpha-1?
Who is eligible to participate in Alpha-1 testing?
Where can I get more info on Alpha-1 testing if I’m participating?
  • Keep an eye out for emails from our team with more details on how to download and play! We'll also email you more info on how to get the latest testing updates on our Discord and forums. If you don’t receive any emails and you believe you should, please reach out to our Support team directly here.[18]

Alpha-1 participation

Alpha-1 testing is available to the following participants:

There were approximately 9,600 participants in Alpha-1 testing as of August, 2018.[23][24]

  • As of May 31, 2021, just under 5k additional participants have been added since Alpha-1 sales resumed. Less refunds and unclaimed codes, leaves a total of slightly over 13k testers.[23]
  • The weekend test of May 27, 2021 saw 5,300 unique logins over the 3 day period.[23]

There were roughly 9600 if I recall A1 participants prior to my closing the preorder packs in 2018. Since opening them up again there have been just under 5k additional participants added. And prolly around 300 refunds give or take. Of the roughly 14,000 a1 testers, there are still about 1k unredeemed ks codes which leaves a little over 13k testers? The weekend test saw 5300 unique logins over the 3-day period. And I think discord flags stand around 4k roughly?[23]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 castle sieges

Trebuchets in the Alpha-1 preview castle siege attackers headquarter camp.[26]

An initial implementation of castle sieges based on Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges is being tested by the developers.[28][20]

  • Players will be able to join guilds. These guilds can register for the siege events.[26]
  • Castle siege events will be 100v100 battles that occur daily and will last for three hours.[26]
  • Attackers will start on the opposite end of the map (from the defenders).[26]
  • Attackers will be able to use trebuchets to drive to and assault the castle.[26]
    • Trebuchets have a single primary fire that does a small amount of damage to players and heavy damage to buildings.[26]
    • Trebuchets will be fully physical when they are being driven.[26]
  • When the attackers have breached the castle they will be able to channel a cast on the relic in the throne room to try to capture the castle from the defenders.[26]
  • The victors of castle sieges will receive benefits, such as cloaks, flying mounts for guild leaders and potentially also for guild officers.[26]
  • Alpha-1 castle sieges are in a separate zone that is accessible via a NPC teleporter.[29][30][31]
    Currently the siege zone is actually in the open world, but separated by mountains and off in the sea a bit. There is actually no instancing in A1, although the siege zone will only be accessible in A1 through a registration NPC teleporter.[29]Steven Sharif
  • The opposing team is notified when these raid bosses are being attacked.[28]
  • Teams who get the last hit on these bosses will receive buffs that will help them in the siege battle.[28]

Last year, I spoke of attempting to incorporate sieges into the Alpha One experience. This has obviously been a goal of mine because it provides considerable data and a consistent event within the world that players can participate in to help stress test the deployment. Well, I am happy to say that it is appearing more and more likely by the day! Initial implementation of the Apocalypse siege code has been migrated into the Alpha One client, and we should begin internal testing next month. I will caveat this expectation with the fact that we are cutting it a bit close from an internal QA standpoint, but I have some confidence that the system will be online and capable of inclusion for the Alpha One test in the month of June. The siege component will obviously not be representative of what the siege system will be at launch, or even in Alpha Two.[20]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 PvE content

PvE content in Alpha-1:

There's over 200 quests in the game right now. There's a bunch of dungeons. We've retooled all of the boss fights. Those dragons that you see in the siege are also in the world- part of the open-world too. There will be a slightly different- there are some extra mechanics in the siege versions versus the ones that are in the world, but there's plenty of cool things to get on both of them, so make sure you check them out and hunt them down.[30]Jeffrey Bard

Artisan classes in Alpha-1

Classes Artesãs estão programadas para lançar no Alpha-1.[37]

Alpha-1 servers

info-orange.pngSome of the following information has not been recently confirmed by the developers and may not be on the current development roadmap for Alpha-1.

Alpha-1 servers will support 1,500 concurrently connected users per server.[38][39][40]

Alpha-1 servers will be provisioned in the following regions.[41]

OCE servers[41] were not included in the latest announcement.[42]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[45]

  • Alpha-1 testing phases will include full wipes.[46]
  • Servers may also be wiped between individual tests, unless the developers require progression to be saved for certain spot tests.[47]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[48]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 NDA

Alpha-1, Alpha-2, Beta-1, Beta-2 releases are not covered by NDA (non-disclosure agreement).[49]

  • Alpha-1 testing prior to the full release of Alpha-1 is covered by NDA.[50][5]
    • NDA review and acceptance is done via the game client.[51]
    • The text and voice NDA was lifted from the PI QA testing phase on May 28, 2020.[50]
    • The verbal NDA was lifted from Alpha-1 preview testing, and future testing, on May 17, 2021.[52]
    • The NDA will be lifted for the July 2021 Alpha-1 preview weekend test.[11]

Today I have made the decision to release our current Alpha One Testers from their verbal NDA over all prior Alpha One Preview testing, and future testing. The visual NDA shall remain in place until July. I have made this decision so that the community may discuss the experiences had, and progress made with the Ashes project, in anticipation of the full NDA release in July. Of course, It's important to note, that the Alpha One experience is not meant to be a content test. But rather, standing up core systems in their bare bones state and vetting our technical architectures, while providing the opportunity for us to optimize and squash bugs.[52]Steven Sharif

Alpha testing system requirements

Alpha-1 stress testing, March 17, 2021.[53]

Funny story; So yesterday as we are stress/density testing with our NDA testers, I accidentally summoned 5k bears around our few hundred players. But hey, it didn’t crash! Can you spot Lt. Toast here?[53]Steven Sharif

These are fully operational NPCs. They have behavior trees, they have AI blackboards; you know they are functioning as an NPC would; and to my surprise, to everyone's surprise actually, the server handled it quite well: 5000 entities all within a very dense area.[54]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation alpha testing minimum system specification.[55]

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2125 3.3GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 3.3GHz
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon 6870 HD with 1GB and DirectX 12
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 35 GB of available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

Recommended specification.[55]

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz / AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon R9 Fury with 4GB and DirectX 12
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 35 GB of available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

Alpha testing zone

Alpha-1 testing tropical zone featuring a war beast and a tribe of pigmy goblins.[57]

This is a rather large tropical area; and what we use some of the creatures for is kind of like establishing character for different parts of this tropical place. So that even though it's the same biome, it feels different when you are going from place to place based on what's there and how those things are interacting with the environment.[58]Jeffrey Bard

Alpha-1 testing takes place in a zone to the north west of the world map.[59] This zone has many islands and a mainland area.[60]

  • There are 12 different (sub)zones in the Alpha-1 testing location.[58]
  • The Alpha-1 zone is almost 100 km2 in size.[58][60] This is approximately 20-25% of the total world size.[58][39]
    • This was estimated to be 70 km2 by Steven Sharif in a recent podcast. Since this was an estimate, the original sizing has not been updated.[61]
    • Traversing the width of the zone (10 km) on a mount would take about 30 minutes.[62]
  • Alpha island (also called Alpha-0 island) was the first open-world testing zone for Alpha-1 participants.[63]
  • There are approximately 4 biomes in Alpha-1: Flood plains, Sahara (Desert), Snowy mountains.[64]
    • A tropical/jungle zone was added for the December 2020 Alpha-1 preview tests.[59][57][58]
  • Temporary teleportation points will be present in early tests until ships are introduced later in the alpha testing.[65]

Ver também

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