Ashes of Creation drops new gameplay trailer after battle royale Steam test

    
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Super, good call.

Wading into the Ashes of Creation community is one of those things that makes me wish I had those beach sandals that keep the sharp rocks and pointy shells out because wow.

Yesterday, Intrepid Studios held another free battle royale test for Ashes, this one on Steam specifically, and as MMO players already know, there’s considerable controversy about even just the existence of this part of the game. The battle royale first rolled out as a standalone free-to-play mode called Apocalypse intended to serve as a test for the Kickstarted MMORPG’s hybrid action combat system. It went offline this past spring when testing revealed the need for “architectural refactoring,” only to return yesterday for a brief 12-hour test on Steam.

Comments, Reddit, and Steam reviews – “mostly negative” right now – continue to demonstrate that the BR testing confuses and enrages a lot of gamers who backed an MMORPG and are convinced this is a scam and a money grab because of its (cosmetic) cash shop. Intrepid, for its part, has consistently maintained just the opposite: that work on the MMORPG continues and indeed that work on Apoc is work on AOC. It’s all more than a little exhausting.

Our PvP columnist, Sam Kashani, attended yesterday’s playtest in person, so you’ll be reading all about his experience in his next Fight or Kite. Devs are currently collecting feedback for what we assume will be a proper debrief.

In other Ashes news, Intrepid apparently dropped a new gameplay – MMORPG gameplay – video over on IGN. You’ll spy everything from running and fighting to flying mounts and horses – even dragons and castle siege.

Source: Twitter, IGN
Update
As tipster Viyid pointed out to us, the game is now hidden on Steam, but the community forum there is still accessible, suggesting that it’ll be unhidden for future testing.

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BGZD

5 years development.. this thing is a laughing stock.. game runs like complete shit, looks like shit, barely starts up, absolute disaster of a combat system, clunky, generic and jerky animations… just like it was at PAX east 2 years ago.. Intrepid is a great example of a shitty company taking advantage of mmorpg kickstarter hype making promises that will NEVER be filled. Stop supporting this crap guys.. its basically another SOTA… but hey look at those horses, right?

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Greypelt

Pre-production began in 2016. Five years ago AoC was just an idea.

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Crowe

Ok, so the folks with the CLEAR advantage flying versus the horse-mounted defenders… and then the fliers dismount and charge the horsemen on foot. Well, that certainly doesn’t bode well for the future of castle sieges. (not that they interest me) But at least I can watch Man VS Raptor for any dwindling hopes of the MMO eventually re-surfacing.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I despair of the world when I read the stuff posted on Steam reviews

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Raimo Kangasniemi

I think that all this negative stuff about the Apocalypse is just down to vocal, perma-angry people making their usual trouble for developers and the company for the sake of being vocal, angry and letting others know it, but that is almost a parody teaser.

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Chronic Enigma

You are totally right. There is some serious negativity around this game that isn’t even warranted. Im in the beta for the skills and mechanics testing that they launched as a battle royale mode. Looks good, though I think the director missed the mark with this video putting in the raptors. ANY other creature would have made this video so much better. Instead it makes it mockable and silly. Excited for the actual game itself rather than the Battle Royale Test they are currently doing.

At first I was like really, BR, give me the game. Then I thought to myself it’s actually quite smart. They can cash in on the BR fad, test their mechanics with a mass audience, and keep their overhead low.

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laelgon

So velociraptors escaped from Jurassic Park, gained sentience, and decided to attack a city populated by idiots who don’t know how to build or shut a gate. Is that what everyone else took from the trailer?

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Vincent Clark

The trailer was better than previous ones they have released, but that is a low bar. I want to be excited about this game, but it’s not showing me anything to get excited about if I’m being honest. The BR side step almost turned me off the game, full stop.

I mean, this footage is far too similar to a trailer for Bless Online (for example) and look at how that shit storm turned out. Oh look, dragons. Oh look, eagle mounts. Oh look, players on horseback. Maybe I’m just jaded…

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Sorenthaz

There’s a lot of cynicism/ignorance and too much misinformation when it comes to those still going “BUT MUH MMO SHOULD BE READY BY NOW” or “OH NO BR IS THE DEVIL THIS IS A CASH GRAB”.

But I guess this can be the issue with Kickstarted games or MMOs in general that build themselves up years before they can really deliver.

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Koshelkin

Where exactly was the gameplay in this gameplay “teaser”?

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Crowe

I didn’t see any.

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camren_rooke

So the take away from the in game footage is you can play as a velociraptor fighting against the evil humans who have taken over your land,?

Cause that would be kinda awesome.

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Crowe

Velociraptor BR… coming soon to a Steam near you!

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Greypelt

You can actually do that with the Monster Coin System in AoC

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Malcolm Swoboda

I couldn’t get in. Then I could, but the resolution was all messed up and I couldn’t even access the menu to change resolution. So I quit.