Ashes of Creation delays its alpha one test to June for ‘additional polish’

    
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The moment of Ashes of Creation’s first large-scale alpha test won’t be as soon as previously anticipated. Intrepid Studios came out this week to announce that due to performance “challenges” and a need for additional polish, the month-long Alpha One playtest has been delayed until June.

“We will be prolonging the NDA testing based on data collected during our February Alpha One preview,” the studio said. “This means that our non-NDA Alpha One preview is now scheduled to occur from May 14th to May 21st, 2021, and our Alpha One test is scheduled from June 1st to June 30th, 2021.”

The June Alpha One playtest will be open to “official content creators” (no, you aren’t one) and those who have secured an Alpha One key. In the meanwhile, Intrepid promised to keep showing off the game’s testing footage during the monthly livestreams.

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Worldofwarcraft Mage

The thing is If you dont have a square Enix kind of dedication .you should not make mmorpg .
All these Kickstarter beggar kind of scams are rampant and all of these ambitious projects will fail . Even gofund has some mechanism to make people accountable .
Steven has zero liability .he can run away with backers money anytime he likes or just make a mediocre game and then say mission accomplished .

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Jo Watt

Let’s see… The game was being entirely funded by him, I think there was some private backing and it was stated the 3.2 million that was raised from the original 750,000 goal wasn’t even needed to fund the core game at all. Just to judge interest and provide some goals for more things.

Meaning I’m sure he sunk far more than the $3.2 million raised he would “run off” with resulting in a pretty stupid loss of money.

On top of the visible progress this team has made the past couple years it’s hard to compare it to the others, especially since the others stated the crowd funding was their only or main source of funding. The others have remained behind closed doors and barely showing anything for going on 7-8 years now.

I’m sceptical myself of many projects, especially newer ones these days but Ashes has been one that does at least give me hope that some of these projects do indeed have passionate teams behind them that are producing visible results not just lip service each month.

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G I G A B E A R

Intrepid continued crowdfunding on their website, which ended up raising significantly more than the kickstarter based on the number of sold alpha one access tiers in kickstarter versus the 10,000 number they said they were stopping alpha 1 sales at.

It’s impossible to be sure of an exact amount, but it’s a safe bet they are well north of $10,000,000 in crowdfunding by now.

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Jo Watt

True but that’s still less than the supposed amount it took for the core game to be funded before the crowd funding ever took place. Meaning even $10 million or so still would not be a profit enough for him to run off at this point.

That’s easier to do when you state crowd funding is your Main source of funding for the game then close up shop because of xyz. Those are the main ones I keep seeing issues with when it comes to mmos. “We only need $2 million to make the most mind blowing mmo ever” is immediately suspect when they state it’s their only source, “until investors bite”… Especially when these guys boast their past experience (for a while every new project was from some person who chewed gum next to the building that Ultima was run in) but seem to be running the B Team because even after 8 years or more now we barely have any indications that there is even remotely a game.

Star Citizen I will say that it at least has a game you can log into with somewhat functioning content with Ashes being pretty young in the development but they at least have visual progress. These are basically the only 2 so far that I have backed that I can tell are going somewhere. Doesn’t mean they will finish or be 100% but it’s far more than the others I have backed.

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Worldofwarcraft Mage

Yeah that is so reassuring .they wasted a year on BR mode that nobody wanted . They could had got hold of few playtest people to see if their BR mode was any good .instead they wasted time and money on dead on arrival BR mode and dont give me that PR crap . I have invested in their project so I have right to criticize them .

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Worldofwarcraft Mage

You are stating Kickstarter numbers but you fail to mention that the crowdfunding is still continuing and we dont know the latest numbers and we dont know for sure how much money if any this Steven guy has put in .so color me still pessimistic .

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Rndomuser

Gigabear, is that you again making new accounts? ;-)

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Jo Watt

Nah just someone who has been paying attention and having backed a few of these projects over the years seeing the difference between the studios that are daydreaming and the studios that are getting things done.

Keep in mind I never claimed AoC will even finish or be 100% what they claimed. Just that it’s one of the few actually showing and making progress.

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Bruno Brito

I feel like they do wanna make a game, but they’re getting caught up in unneeded hype. What bothers me the most is that you have stream personalities such as Asmon and Soda, that are all building this huge ammount of PvP hype but they’ll be as casual as it gets, and will destroy the game when it comes out and won’t be what they think it is.

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Jo Watt

Yea but that’s where you pick a different server or go into it knowing those guys and their guilds will die out if they end up quitting. Imo play and have fun and find a good guild over worrying about big streamers because you won’t be getting away from that any time soon tbh.

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Bruno Brito

I’m not talking about servers or having problems with streamers. I’m talking about a game that is PvP-minded acquiring humongous ammount of hype that may end up hurting it in the long run because these players are casual, and they pretent they’re PvP-minded.

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G I G A B E A R

Nope.

I would have added that Steven needs to own up to the fact that it was the netcode which caused the delay and stop hiding behind the NDA.

Cause, that’s totally not going to work this time and I’m running out of patience. I trust this authenticates my credentials.

Oh and he should probably do something about his Phoenix Initiates doxing people. Cause like, that’s not a good look.

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Rndomuser

Oh, so you do still have an obsession with Steven and his company.

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G I G A B E A R

Funny how nobody raised an issue when I was spending 14 hours a day saying nice things on the official discord, back when I was naive enough to believe them.

How’s that BR I got banned for criticizing going anyway?

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Rndomuser

I have no idea about your activity on Discord because I don’t personally use the official Discord server for this company, nor do I care how that “BR” is “doing” because I am not invested enough, especially in terms of money, into this company. I just find it both sad and amusing that you’re still letting your obsession over the single company (as evidenced by the fact that you still only care to reply in topics about this specific company) take a complete control over you, instead of finding help to prevent this from happening.

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G I G A B E A R

I am crowdfunding 3 other games. Star Citizen I’ve replied a few times, but I’ve learned the public narrative isn’t changing and to focus on individuals.

The other two, IlysiaVR and EM-8ER don’t get much coverage here at the moment. Technically Titan’s Reach as well, but not for the thousands I’m into the other 3 for so I don’t really include it.

Finally, the BR was dead on arrival and has been cancelled for 14 months. Not good for your first game release. But, Sharif wouldn’t listen to reason.

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Bruno Brito

EM-8ER don’t get much coverage here at the moment.

Jesus Christ, thank fucking God it doesn’t.

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swampylogs

EM-8ER doesn’t get coverage because Mark Kern is persona non grata in the games journalism world. I think he gets a little more hate than he deserves, but I don’t blame the MOP team for not touching him.

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G I G A B E A R

I was more referring to the game not having reached kickstarter yet.

I mean they can cover who and what they want of course. Although I don’t see how blacklisting people refutes the suggestion that game journalism isn’t exactly playing it straight, if there is indeed a blacklist.

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Leiloni

I would have added that Steven needs to own up to the fact that it was the netcode which caused the delay and stop hiding behind the NDA.

As long as it’s something they can fix I don’t mind the game staying behind NDA for a bit longer.

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socontrariwise

Netcode is basically like the blood vessels and heart of such a game. Maybe throw in lungs too. If the Netcode is the problem they are facing very likely a massive problem. Could tank them or take a lot of resources to fix that (or rather swap).

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cannotweep

They’re waiting for the population of Poland to increase slightly before they release the Alpha.

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Bruno Brito

badumtsss

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squid

So it begins…

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Jetra_Virsai

It would be nice to see what feedback they got from these tests. Also NDA-free video coming in the middle of May is at least something.

Personally, I just like seeing something come out, even if it’s a “hey, we’re still here.”

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G I G A B E A R

You won’t get anything useful until players themselves are allowed to stream. You’ll need to see it for yourself. They made Apocalypse look good on their PR streams, and we saw how that went.

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rk70534

So nothing dramatic – basically the staff of a sausage factory and some VIPs have to wait a little longer to take part in making sausages, and everyone else can just move on without evoking clouds of doom over the game?