Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse is down until specialized test weekend in January

    
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We hope you had fun playing what was evidently the initial testing period of Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse. It was a good testing phase and the developers are already happily saying on the game’s Discord channels that it helped them identify several key issues while it was running. If you’re wondering why all of this is being said in the past tense, it’s because the battle royale mode’s servers are offline for now until January 11th, when they’ll be brought back online for controlled test weekends.

If you’re wondering why you didn’t see any of this on the official site or Twitter, well, it wasn’t posted there. Just on Discord, and then on Reddit after the servers had already gone offline.

Needless to say, there are some rather angry fans in the comments already who are less than happy that the game was open with a functional cash shop only to be shut down sans warning for more than two weeks. Apparently the “official” launch of this battle royale mode has been moved to February, so we’ll have to see what happens with those developments as we move through the first months of 2019.

Source: Reddit; thanks to Suko for the tip!
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Crowe

Yup, people get upset when the only place you can get accurate info is the mess that is Discord. Well, I guess it’s named properly anyway.

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Easy Rider

Why don’t you like Discord? It’s pretty good, you should try it.

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Kevin McCaughey

I thought it was pretty shit tbh. I had absolutely no fun playing it and it takes up 16GB (!!!!) on my SSD. It’s twitchy as fuck too. I just hope the MMO bears very little resemblance to this and also hope they haven’t pivoted to this (that is a very deep horrible fear).

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Hamblepants

Damn, sorry to hear it. Hope you get what you’re looking for from the Ashes MMO.

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Easy Rider

That was pretty fun, though I’m not a big fan of BR. Hope servers will be back online soon ‘cos it should help to test the MMO.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Meh. Not worth getting in a panti-twist over this. If Ashes launches a successful BR in a few months, no one will care. If Ashes launches a successful MMO next year, people will really not care.

If Ashes dallies for years with an open cash shop raking in mega-dollars but fails to launch an MMO, then this will matter.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah pretty much. No one will care if they do what they say they’re going to do and get the MMO out in its alpha state by mid-late 2019. Same thing for Fallout 76, Atlas, etc .- no one will care if they’re significantly better a year from now.

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Pepperzine

While I don’t know how this topic really relates to Fallout 76, I think it will suffer the fate of Battlefront 2. It will make improvements, it will have a dedicated playerbase, but many will stay clear from it on principle alone.

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Crowe

They had a couple of alpha stages out already for the MMO. Alpha Zero was last December if I recall correctly. I believe various flavors of Alpha 1 were being tested before this detour towards BR. Although they’ve repeatedly said that the BR hasn’t affected their timeline for the MMO at all, I find it increasingly hard to believe that they couldn’t have taken the effort they’ve spent on BR and channeled that towards the MMO and come up with something better. (or at least mildly interesting which would be an improvement over battle royale)

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Pepperzine

That’s a good point. Maybe a dungeon crawling experience to test combat and AI while they develop the open world and environment.

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Vincent Clark

I’m conflicted. I don’t want to fall into the negative spin that has become the norm lately, but I need to hear more about the actual MMORPG and less about this Battle Royale stuff and all the cash grab items they snuck into this “test phase”.

The forums were down but the cash shop was open and fully operational. That doesn’t sit right with me. Trying to be positive, but…

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Mr.McSleaz

It’s time to “call a Spade a Spade”.

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tinnis_

i’m still amazed their entire official forum has been offline from the 18th – the day they attempted to launch the open beta battle royale

with no word when they will be back online. [~10 days offline now and counting]

jahlon did a handy ~19m video running through the issues with the last week of testing here

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Mr.McSleaz

They know the forums will erupt with angry backers.

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Vunak23

Angry backers that have no clue what a testing phase is.

Its been one of the smoothest kickstarted MMO tests I’ve done to date and I’ve played just about all of them. Even AAA MMOs have a ton of issues in their testing phases. Just look at Wildstar even after launch or SWTOR when it first came out and was in testing. Played horribly and the raids didn’t even work so there was no endgame.

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Vincent Clark

I think the only thing that was tested was the customer’s willingness to buy a bunch of digital junk that is now meaningless. Ugh, I said I wouldn’t go negative…

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Mr.McSleaz

“Its been one of the smoothest kickstarted MMO tests I’ve done to date”

Except that it wasn’t an MMO test. It was a Battle Royale / Cash Shop test.
I’m pretty sure the pitch when he was asking for money on Kickstarter was that there was NO mention of Battle Royale and NO Cash Shop .

Intrepid Studios Lied.

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Crowe

Alpha Zero and several versions of Alpha 1 have been tested over 2018. Sure, the last couple of months have JUST been the battle royale crap though. It’s entirely possible Vunak is talking about one of the MMO tests.

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Hamblepants

Did Intrepid promise no cash shop?

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Crowe

Customer communication has been one of their weak points. IF and only IF you’re a regular Discord user, you can keep up to date. Their marketing or whoever should be in charge of sharing delays, time slot changes, announcing next test dates, etc. is either non-existent or only does it on Discord. I do a decent bit of travel and don’t keep in the loop since I would only use Discord on a home PC (and only for Ashes since they won’t keep us in the loop any other way).

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Crowe

I can hope that they’re replacing things with new shiny forum software. Working with their old forum was always a pain in the ass. Still 100% better than using Discord though.

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Vunak23

I played the hell out of it and my God was it amazingly fun. I cant wait until the actual MMO and them polishing it even more.

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Rick Mills

To be fair, they did send emails to contributors about it, although as you mentioned, in the past tense.
But look at me and tell me if there is concern on my face…

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Crowe

I don’t think I got one of those. I just checked my trash and have a 12/22 email telling me “You are now able to download and play Apocalypse! The servers are up and ready for you to survive the apocalypse of Verra.” I just did a search of all my mail and don’t have anything after that. So maybe they’re being selective about who they email? I was getting the regular test emails though. (and was just clicking Delete if they said “Apocalypse”)