Ashes of Creation plans Apocalypse launch in February, delays castle siege testing

    
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A few days ago, Intrepid Studios bummed some fans out by announcing that Ashes of Creation’s Apocalypse mode was going offline until mid-January, when specialized test weekends would resume play. Now we have further illumination on the game’s development roadmap, including Apocalypse’s testing, thanks to lead developer Steven Sharif.

Sharif said that Apocalypse’s January weekend playtest times would preceed the official launch of the battle royale version of the game sometime in February. He also said that testing of castle sieges has been delayed to an unknown date in order to collect more data and shore up the backend architecture.

Expect to see the developers talk more on Ashes of Creation’s castle siege mode when they do a livestream on January 11th. While you wait for all of this to ramp up again, check out our first impressions of Apocalypse.

Source: Cached post. Thanks Gonomo!

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Godnaz

Commenters bemoaning about delays didnt read the crowd funding pledge goals. Expect no substantial PvE late alpha/early beta release for another 2-3 years. With $3.2 funded and stretch goals met and a private investor $30million to complete the game should pan out. The team is well over 100 developers now so they have that going for them.

You wanted a top tier MMORPG, you are getting one. Sorry it’s going to take 7-8 years to do so but that is the reality of game development.

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Rick Mills

The whole reason I backed this project has just vanished in the smoke of another Casino Royale.

Alomar
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Alomar

Here we go, the first mmo feature delay while development time and money went into their battle royale. “shocked face”

Alyn
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Alyn

ah yes Intrepid simply wants your “money”

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G I G A B E A R

Starting back at PAX East in April, we were told that alpha 1(now called APOC) would be focusing on action combat testing. From that point until very near the start of the testing, nobody had any inkling it was a BR. We naturally expected an MMORPG alpha for the MMORPG we backed.

Not only did we not get it, the mode has been a complete trainwreck from its inception. Though progress has been made, deadlines have repeatedly been blown by for every conceivable aspect of development.

Beyond that, the new website is a disaster with constant bad gateway errors and a never ending account migration process. The only thing that actually worked is the cash shop!

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Mr.McSleaz

I’m pretty sure the reason he wanted to make AoC was because he Cash Shops & the monetization of games, lol.

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Mr.McSleaz

he hates cash shops*

laelgon
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laelgon

Fortnite’s Save the World mode would like to have a word with people who think the actual MMO they paid for isn’t being sidelined completely.

Xijit
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Xijit

And H1Z1 says Hi from the grave.

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Siphaed

I so regret the money I wasted on that steam pile. The “Founders Packs” might as well have had gullible written on them as well. Live and learn….

…to be dumb. Now just waiting on response of Crowfall and Camelot Unchained. See if those two can even release, let alone release a consumer-milking cash net like Ashes or others has done.

laelgon
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laelgon

Crowrall and CU both feel like honest efforts at least. If they fail, it’s not for lack of trying. Having played Crowfall in its current state, I really want it to be a hit, I just hope they have the time and money to finish it properly and rebuild some hype for it after all this time.

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Sorenthaz

There’s no way they can keep delaying this. They promised to get it out at a specific time and I expected them to do so. How dare they keep delaying Camelot Unchaine- I mean, Star Citiz- I mean, Crowfal- I mean, Project Gorgon’s Steam rele-wait, what delayed Kickstarter MMO were we creating doom and gloom about again?

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Loopy

And just last week i was defending their BR mode as a temporary “technical test”. Highly disappointing that it’s actually becoming a full fledged mode before the MMO-proper is even in beta.

Oh how quickly some of these games fly in and out of my radar…

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BDJ

And so it begins. Here comes the delays and excuses.

AoC the MMO is donezo.

Easy Rider
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Easy Rider

At least it means that they really trying to resolve some technical issues and don’t wanna spend extra time on Battle Royale. Welp, Apocalypse was made as a test mode for the MMO, so I’m okay with that delay.

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Mr.McSleaz

“Welp, Apocalypse was made as a test mode for the MMO”

Test Mode??????
Is that why it get’s it’s own Release AND has a CASH SHOP?

The only thing Apocalypse was meant to test was how stupid people are.

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BDJ

You CANNOT be this gullible?