Ashes of Creation temporarily drops alpha NDA, allow streamers to broadcast live footage

    
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Saturday night, the folks at Intrepid Studios lifted the NDA on the Ashes of Creation alpha for a few hours, allowing streamers to broadcast live footage of the game for the first time. Most of the videos released showcase the battle royale mode that has been implemented for the sake of testing connectivity, combat, and server stability ahead of the full-fledged MMO build, though a post from /u/NoHeals4U on the /r/MMORPG subreddit notes that footage of the MMO build is available under the tag “Alpha Zero.”

According to the same Reddit post, the devs have also announced that they will be dropping the NDA permanently sometime next week “once they polish and fix a known issue that is causing some recent lag spikes.” In the meantime, however, you can scroll down below to check out a collection of streams from the recent NDA drop.

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Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

Seems lackluster so far, but it’s alpha so we’ll see how it ends up by launch.

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Sorenthaz

Looks pretty good, tbh they could probably yoink Realm Royale’s lost spot if they wanted to release that BR thing as a side game.

Godnaz
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Godnaz

The hate in the comments section for minor side gamemode is raw. Not liking a completely separate game mode is okay but throwing the entire game into the fire is like hating all of GW2 for a small section of structured PvP or hating all of ESO for Alliance Wars.

There is an entirely different MAIN experience of the game that they aren’t quite ready to show completely off yet. This was a stress test! Relax people. I get it, you don’t like BR/Survival/Gankbox MMO’s.

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phaedrux

Devs: “We had to use a filler name for one of the NPCs, so we picked George. This is obviously not the final name, just there as a placeholder for alpha.”

Commenters: “Ugh, I HATE the name George! I’ll never play this game what a horrible choice what were they THINKING”

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Jo Watt

Lol. Exactly what’s happening. They are completely ignoring that this was an easy thing and is using all the resources already made with LITTLE extra effort.

Plus this is a better way for them to force others into pvp combat and allow them to see what’s good/bad with movement, hitboxes, abilities, weapons, armor, terrain, etc… list goes on.

Instead of beginning with an open world area where nobody attacks and the most data collecting they get is “Johnny” hitting the gather nodes or “Billy” kiting Sewer Rat A for days.

Who knows…

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Sorenthaz

Ashes of Creation is the new KS game to hate on for whatever reason.

Also a lot of MoP commentors really doesn’t like Battle Royales (and prior to that MOBAs, or really anything with a PvP focus).

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John Buczek

Ugh, Battle Royale mode? My interest in this game just seriously dropped. I stopped paying attention since even early access is a long way off and they add the latest Bandwagon to AoC? WTH Intrepid? Stop this nonsense.

cazamar
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cazamar

Reading is hard for some people. The article says they implemented the Battle Royal mode to test connectivity.

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John Buczek

Sure, but now that’s what people are talking about now. As I said on another comment “If the hype from this NDA Lift only shows BR then that’s what people will be talking about.”

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Dug From The Earth

So since i absolutely hate BR, all I came away with from these streams is that the engine runs nice and smooth, and the graphics dont irritate me.

I had hoped that a lift of the alpha NDA meant being able to see the REAL game in action, not this ridiculous battle royal crap.

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seculaparsec

Lost all respect for the devs with this BR garbage

stop catering to certain markets that doesnt (shouldnt) involve your own MMO.

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Christopher Angeles

Was the “drop NDA of only the battle royal mode” to try to entice Fortnite gamers? I have a feeling the MMO community isnt too happy.

I think it looks good, but I’m not really a battle royal player, I just want a good ol’ MMO.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Another mediocrity that I wouldnt miss if it shuts down soon after launch. I dont know how anyone can say that those graphics are good.

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hamblepants

Im an SC backer and have no personal interest in AoC (not a backer, wont play it), but your constant crapping on any crowdfunded in-devpmt game that isnt SC gets on my nerves.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Blame not me, blame developers who produce THAT

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camren_rooke

Ah well. The spam is gone. Long live the spam.

I wish AoC well but none of this makes me interested in it. Certainly not anything battle royale related.

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Michael Hawes

they said the battle royal mode is just to test connectivity and server stability, it’s not going to be a game of battle royal

I myself am excited for this MMORPG after EQN got canceled there hasn’t been any new mmo’s on the horizon to excite me until I found this gem

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camren_rooke

I hope you and many others enjoy the hell out of it. :)

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Yoshi Senpai

“Gem”

We’ll see about that. I hope it’s good, but this test did nothing to get hyped.

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John Buczek

Yeah we’ll see. I really hope so since the actual MMO portion of AoC had me very excited. But I can’t stand BR. If the hype from this NDA Lift only shows BR then that’s what people will be talking about.

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jamie torch

It looks rather good .