Ashes of Creation offers a peek at its Alpha Zero environment

Point the first: Can we all agree that “Alpha Zero” is a really cool name? It seems weird that we don’t have dozens of games on different platforms with that title. (There does appear to be one.)

Point the second: We’re not talking about that game. We’re talking about Ashes of Creation, which is showing off its Alpha Zero test environment in the latest video from the team. So that’s great!

Point the third: That test environment is, well, just the environment. So don’t expect to see much in the way of gameplay… or, well, anything in the way of gameplay. Unless you count panning cameras as gameplay.

Point the fourth: You should not count panning cameras as gameplay.

Point the fifth: If you want a look at those environments (and they are gorgeous), you can check out the whole video just below. It’s three minutes long and definitely lovely, even if the game’s actual mechanics aren’t on display. (A fact that fans are already grousing about in this video’s comments.)

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Timber Toes

Jeez devs, stop with the PvP games already!

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Sorenthaz

…This isn’t a PvP game?

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Dug From The Earth

Looking good so far.

They over do the “white light” a bit however… makes things feel a tad off, and like im constantly needing to squint.

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Toy Clown

I’m happy to see the game shaping up nicely and gaining momentum. Seems that’s all it takes to make a successful MMO is to have energetic and communicative devs as part of the fan-base. I’m a member of their discord, and I love seeing the communication between them and the population.

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Brother Maynard

A fact that fans are already grousing about in this video’s comments

I don’t understand the people who do this. There are quite a few PAX videos available on youtube where Intrepid were showing some early gameplay. PAX visitors were also able to test a few areas… And even before PAX we had a few short gameplay vids that Intrepid made during their earlier AoC streams.

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Alex Js.

Well, the environment design is definitely beautiful (especially compared to some current awfully drab games like ESO), hopefully the character’s design and animations will be just as good…

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styopa

Super pretty.
Then again, BDO is/was super super pretty too, and I have developed a low-degree loathing for the pop-in I experience every time I play.

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Brother Maynard

We’ll see how AoC turns out in this regard, but I have more faith in Intrepid on the technical side simply because AoC is built on the Unreal engine, instead of a custom one (BDO).

If there are technical issues like pop-in and such, I think it’s reasonable to expect Epic to fix them fairly quickly, as they would be affecting their customers’ operations. Epic’s business and reputation depend on it – there is no such pressure on Pearl Abyss…

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draugris

We will see that when more than 10 people are on screen. Unreal engine is not known for performing well in large scale mmo environments.

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Ket Viliano

Pop in in UE4 is all the result of draw distance and the Level of Detail system. It is therefore totally dependent on how you use the engine, not what it is capable of.

Epic did a brilliant job of LOD on the textures, you can dolly from far to nose length and it can be smooth the whole way, with depth effects done entirely in the texture.

I am not sure how well that holds up when using older hardware and having a fully developed environment. FPS may drop by quite a bit under a demanding load.

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Dug From The Earth

Due to some fancy camera work, its hard to tell if this game will have an excessive amount of pop-in.

Most of the shots are the camera panning left to right, rather than moving forward (where pop-in is most visible). Even many of the shots that seem to have forward movement, are doing fancy camera tricks giving the impression of greater directional movement than is actually happening.

We will have to see once we actually get into the game. Im hoping the pop-in is very minor.

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Ket Viliano

The pop in just wrecks BDO graphics quality. Great for still screenshots, bad for motion and play.

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Vorender

Gorgeous environments.

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rafael12104

Cool. I’m not going to grouse yet. No point in grousing in these early stages. Besides I’m not even sure I’m a good grouser. Grocer? Yes. Grouser? Not really.

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