Ashes of Creation may sell more Alpha 1 keys after successful playtest

    
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Last week’s short playtest for Ashes of Creation could spell good news for fans who have yet to obtain one of the MMORPG’s alpha keys. Intrepid Studios boss Steven Sharif said that the team had limited sales to make sure that the servers could handle the population, but after the playtest, there may be room to sell even more keys. He said that info on this will come in January, followed by a combat revamp in March.

“One of the main reasons for evaluating the pretests prior to opening up A1 sales again was to see the stability of the multi server selection code, and how our individual server deployments held up,” Sharif said. “That, along with our world concurrency and individual server performances did indeed hold up to our expectation, and gives me the first green light for consideration of opening future sales.”

The game’s lead said that “thousands” of Alpha 1 testers enjoyed the level 1 through 10 experience, including a special boss. If you, like us, weren’t part of this test, at least we can console ourselves with a lengthy gameplay footage video of this test.

Just last week, Intrepid gave us a deep dive of Ashes of Creation’s Mage class, including some of its spells and abilities.

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G I G A B E A R

It’s disconcerting to see a narrative of that alpha test spun by Intrepid whilst players are barred outright via a mandatory NDA agreement from commenting on their assertions regarding stability of the testing, the contents of that testing, or generally anything at all regarding it other than its existence.

During my time in the community I have long held that NDAs are mutually exclusive with transparent development. This is the only “indie” project I have backed out of 4(soon to be 5) which makes any real use of them despite all being either alpha or pre-alpha. I don’t tend to back games which use these when I can help it, and AoC was not supposed to be one of those titles.

The paid(kickstarter and Intrepid packs) testing was stated that it would NOT be under NDA, repeatedly, during the kickstarter and beyond. Intrepid has invented special phases of testing out of wholecloth to wordsmith their way into going back on that repeatedly.

My advice for anyone considering backing is to wait until the NDA is lifted and transparency is achieved, then make an informed decision at that time.

If Intrepid holds to their word, you will have a preview testing window immediately before the month long testing with which to see the product from the perspective of someone other than the company itself.

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MilitiaMasterV

The only way they are getting money out of me is when they release a ‘finished product’, and considering this sounds just like another space-based nightmare people have griped about for a long time, I’m not going to start throwing money in a black hole.

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Oyjord

Gotta say, I’m a tad salty that they’re selling alpha1 invites now when people like me paid decent money eons ago on Day 1 of the Kickstarter campaign and received alpha2 access.

No one likes having people cut the line.

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Davlos

I say this as someone who dropped 4 digits on it:

More people who will provide constructive and critical feedback are welcome.

KS games need more traffic, not less. One of Chronicles of Elyria’s key contributor of failure – the devs’ flaws notwithstanding – was the high level of gatekeeping the community displayed to new faces and AOC hardly needs that.

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Wandering Mist

If you have a kickstarter package you can still upgrade to gain Alpha 1 access.

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Solaris

Game is going to be huge. I understand the skepticism given Kickstarter MMOs, but this dev team is actually delivering.

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rk70534

At least it will give the PvP people a near AAA MMO to test whether they have been right in their claim that a Western non-space PvP MMO can make it to the big league of MMOs.

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Sorenthaz

Makes sense I guess. I think the highest current backer package is only able to get into Alpha 2 at this point, and Alpha 1 will have a month-long test with no NDA in April. Alpha 2 is ambiguously set to be sometime after May 6th with Beta being maybe the end of 2021 but who knows because I’m speculating.

Either way it lets folks come in for at least the month-long alpha test if they open it up more. If folks want to pay money for it then by all means let them test it. Seems like a win-win scenario outside of maybe some random KS backers who feel elitist over their alpha access.

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Harbinger_Kyleran

Gotta love when “good news” about a game is an announcement to “sell” more testing keys.

Makes you just want to grab gamers by the ears and scream into their faces, “what the hell is wrong with you?”

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rk70534

We know the answer: “Too much money.”

But we are talking about a pretty small group of people in the end.

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Ragemaster9999

And this just HAPPENS to fall around the same time that many Americans will be geting 600 dollar stimulus checks from uncle sam due to covid. These devs are savvy businessmen if nothing else.

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rk70534

Don’t let a Congressman to hear that, or we will never have the end of it… “The paupers are just using the stimulus money to play unfinished games! Think of the national debt! Never again! Austerity!”

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Sorenthaz

It’s more like the alpha test took place on the weekend before Christmas and last week was Christmas so we likely weren’t going to hear much news from Intrepid until this week or next week. Also pretty sure it’s being raised to 2000, or trying to be.

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Leo

aww yeah pay to do QA

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Jeremy Barnes

Strike while the iron is hot and before the inevitable reality sets in for the players. Selling a game on hope is much easier than selling it on the reality.

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rk70534

Each game is really sold on hope, not just MMOs in development whose developers sell alpha access. But then, that is basically true about any entertainment, not just games. Selling dreams.

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Jo Watt

Well.. I mean if you have seen the progress so far I’d say this has more chance by a long shot than those, “wow from one of the Creators of the super epic cool Ultima Online! They threw together a crackpot crew and are gonna make the next big thing, promise!!” Developers.
Instead this is a team of devs with backgrounds from multiple AAA mmos. I mean the whole thing could still crash and burn sure. But if I had to bet on any of them actually launching a decent game it would be them.