Ashes of Creation’s latest dev stream previews housing in cities

    
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Kickstarted MMORPG Ashes of Creation has previously off Freeholds, the open world housing villas that players can place. That’s not the only way that players can earn some personal real estate, however, as housing is a feature in the villages, towns, and cities that spawn from nodes, which was the focus of a livestream this past Friday.

The housing in a public node won’t be quite as robust as a Freehold by all accounts, but it will still offer a variety of features for players like storage, the ability to decorate, the ability to sell a house to others, and an area to plant specific types of harvestable items. Node houses can also optionally upgrade if the node advances in level, though houses can also be destroyed if they come under siege – mercifully, anything within the house will not be lost. Node houses have a single owner, but permissions can be granted to individual players if people want to live together. Additionally, players will need to own a house before becoming a citizen of a certain node, a point that creative director Steven Sharif later clarified after mistakenly stating otherwise in the broadcast.

The devstream answered a variety of player questions as well, such as the ability to assess the threat of other players in PvP even with cosmetics covering their armor, how events can effect seasons, and a question about multiple guilds declaring a castle siege, which was also elaborated on in Sharif’s post. Also, Steven Sharif has an owlbear butterfly mount that I desperately want.

You can check out the video after the cut and read a transcript from Ashes Post.

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Rndomuser

Nice video, the housing already looks better from what I have seen in screenshots from New World.

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Jahlon

Intrepid had some stumbles and bumbles early on, but they seem to have gotten on the right path.

Certainly sucks they are trying to do the work-from-home thing with California under lockdown, but we do know they cleaned out their old studio and are set to be in the new place come August.

With Alpha 1 this fall and not under NDA, the number of streamers covering it will increase.

Although, people have to remember, this is a Western Alpha so we are still years from launch at this production rate.

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Crueltylizer

Impressed with the overall graphics and especially the animations are coming along nicely.

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Freddy

Woof, that character model’s hair ;D

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Godnaz

The idea of having a house with a limited amount of space for living and light gardening is great. But not for farmers like me. I hope they offer a hybrid sandbox experience of allowing players to obtain and use large plots of land to cultivate, craft and sell goods to the marketplace. Archeage did it very well.

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G I G A B E A R

I suggest waiting until players who aren’t under an NDA have access to the alpha and can stream it before forming a firm opinion.

Of course the official stream looks good. It’s whether that holds up under objective scrutiny that matters.

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Rndomuser

I will definitely wait but it already looks interesting and I like how developers handle the communication with potential customers and their backers and are not afraid to show their work.

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Solaris

The first MMO I’ve seen in a long time that could be a game changer.

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Dug From The Earth

The one thing that continues to bother me about these streams…

They have mentioned a few times that only the top couple of players that hold specific positions, will have access to flying mounts… and yet every time they stream, all of them fly around on all these different cool looking mounts. Being that 99% of the players wont be flying, its giving kind of a false impression of the game in that regard.

Other than that, I think the game continues to look great, and am optimistic about its development.

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Jo Watt

Agreed. I mentioned it before. It’s great they want to zoom around and show off more of the map and design but it would be so much better to show the normal player perspective.

Game is looking better and better though.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah it sounds like flying mounts are exclusive to kings/queens and mayors. Obviously such systems are likely going to be heavily biased towards community-based personalities (i.e. Twitch streamers/highly populated guilds). Otherwise you can glide at best.

That sort of hierarchy does kind of sound a bit ehhhh… because what really stops certain groups from controlling mayor/royal positions due to having number advantages?

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Dug From The Earth

I agree, games shouldnt be about popularity contests. Everyone pays the same amount to play it, why should one person’s experience be much worse than someone elses, just because they arent popular.

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Ben Stone

Most of the mount skins they have shown will actually be limited flight / gliding. The only planned ‘true flying’ mount will be Dragons, which as you mention are planned only for Kings/Queens or as temp mounts from rare drops.

He indicated that other winged mounts will fly, but only slightly above the ground, more of a hover mechanic. Guessing akin to GW2 flying mounts.

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Matthew Yetter

This continues to shine as an example of how a crowdfunded MMO should function. They’re showing real progress, and I’m really liking their design choices.

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Solaris

The dev team has definitely impressed.

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Jo Watt

100%. I understand any dev’s saying they dont want to show stuff until it’s ready or they are comfortable but for me I just cant go off of, “I promise we make gud game guys, really amazing, we are doing amazing things, I swear!” For like 5 years and barely see anything gameplay wise.