A letter from creative director Steven Sharif has offered up some most interesting tidbits for Ashes of Creation followers. The letter first starts off with an expected look back at “rapid” development progress and touting several 4K resolution gameplay videos, but the real meat of the post comes in the form of a schedule for alpha one.
The alpha test will have three pre-alpha preview tests, with the first two kicking off on December 18th and February 19th for four days and the third starting on March 19th for a week. The first two tests will be under NDA lock and key, but the third will have no NDA. Finally, the actual alpha one test will launch on April 6th for one month. The pre-tests are meant to iron out bugs for alpha one, while the actual alpha one test is intended to test the game’s base mechanics.
Sharif stresses that the alpha build of Ashes of Creation is a “true development alpha” and hopes that players and viewers will appreciate that the title is still in heavy development with help from the community. “Given time and talent, amazing things can happen, so make sure you help us in communicating that we are in open development which means people get to see the bare bones before the meat,” the post asks.