It’s always fun to see game studios and developers stagger back into the (virtual) office after the holiday break, trying to remember what it was that they were doing and gearing up for a new year. Among this crowd is Intrepid Studios’ Steven Sharif, who posted a creative director’s letter to look both back and forward on Ashes of Creation’s progress.
Sharif recapped 2020, saying that the team made “the best of an usual circumstance.” Intrepid hired 27 more devs in the past six months and announced that it will open an office in Amsterdam later this year to handle publishing the MMO in the EU and CIS regions. The year culminated in the (still-recent) Alpha One preview playtest.
So what’s to come in early 2021? First up will be a trio of Alpha One test over the winter and early spring. Sharif warned that this is a “true developmental alpha” that will certainly be buggy and incomplete. A brand-new website for the MMO also is coming next month, as is word of whether or not Intrepid will be selling more alpha keys.