Ashes of Creation delays alpha because of ESO Blackwood and WoW Classic Burning Crusade

    
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Oh no! You’ve got a big band-aid on your knee! Let’s quickly rip that puppy off and see what’s underneath it… yeah, just a quick yank and… oh. Bummer. Ashes of Creation just delayed its big Alpha One test from June to July. That’s got to sting.

“Some recent developments have caused me to reevaluate our upcoming test schedules and make some necessary adjustments,” said Creative Director Steven Sharif. “I will be moving the NDA release and the June 1st Alpha One start date to July. I know this is not ideal, and you have no idea how much it pains me to disappoint our community, but it is my responsibility to make these difficult decisions in order to ensure the test is successful.”

So why the delay? Sharif noted that “several new developments” in the past month prompted the team to make the move in order to give it more time to prepare. Some of these developments included moving back into a physical office, the need for additional QA testing, and the launches of both WoW Classic’s Burning Crusade and Elder Scrolls Online’s Blackwood.

Ashes of Creation extended its refund policy to 90 days for all pre-orders due to the announcement.

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Grimalkin

And I’m fine with that.

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Dean Greenhoe

Another promising sign that this company has their heads on straight. Don’t spit in the wind. It takes a whole lot of good moves to be a success, but only one bad one to fail big time.

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SmiteDoctor

I just watched Lazy Peons video on AoC, I think I might want to play this.

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XanadoX

Some thoughts:

“This is a very fundamental test that will impact the direction of development post-Alpha One, so you can understand the importance of testing and its need for player participation, attention, and feedback.” If they need people to test the game, they could give Massively some keys to share with us. No need to worry about the stress test then.

Wow-killer got frightened by wow classic? (because the release date of Elder’s Scrolls expansion was known long before the 500$ alpha keys announcement).

And why the NDA continues in the tests? It seems the alpha it’s not ready and they are looking for excuses. If the product isn’t ready it’s better to say it. This way it’s seems that AoC’s creators think it’s not good enough to prevail in front of Wow CLASSIC.

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Jo Watt

1 this isn’t a stress test. It’s for actual testing of mechanics, etc. So they need the people who are actually intending to test and give proper feedback.

2 wow killer……………. The only thing killing wow is ActiBlizz

3 the NDA has been in place up to now and will obviously continue since nothing is really changing other than the nonNDA date to July. And again .. almost everyone else even in reddit forms has been positive of this change because it allows them to enjoy classic wow without worrying about missing testing Ashes, no one cares about comparing 15 year old TBC to a preAlpha game that clearly isn’t anywhere near ready, of course it won’t be “as good” perhaps later on but that’s the point of testing and development…

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Rndomuser

That’s a very smart business decision, though definitely unfortunate for people who were planning on playing it at specific time period and who are not interested in playing The Burning Crusade or ESO expansions. Of course, people like these can just always refund their Alpha 1 package if they are unsatisfied with this decision if they preordered this package.

Speaking of this game, it’s interesting how extremely polarizing it is. On Reddit, you can see most of the people who either have developed extreme hatred towards it and its developer and always try to respond with “MLM scam, too much cosmetics, all delays are because the game is awful, Steven Shariff makes profit from cosmetic packs and buys expensive cars using that money” to every news about the game or just downvote every valid critique and concerns about it, with very few people who are neutral about this. I don’t think I’ve seen such large amounts of people on being opposite sides for any other game in development.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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These guys will kill you to death inside of three rounds!.jpg
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Bree Royce

omg Schlag, I’m dead

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Alberto

Oh My God that Perfect!!

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MilitiaMasterV

Haha, almost missed this gem. Thanks for that laugh.

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Raidervc

It’s a smart move. The MMO community is only so large, and having two mammoth content drops within two weeks would totally drown out their alpha. It makes sense to me even if it sucks for those who were eager to hop in.

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P Jones

So it will now go directly up against the New World beta for all pre-orders.

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2Ton Gamer

I get it. I’m sure the first month of TBC will be streamed heavily, but at the same time so many are waiting on something new and are not interested in TBC. ESO could also steal some thunder, but I’m also a fan of the little guy saying fuck that and standing toe-to-toe anyway. Maybe even give the little streamer a chance to shore up their viewer counts by having the balls to stream your little game. Stop worrying what WoW is doing and do your own thing. Have MMO’s learned nothing over the past 15 years? Must you let WoW dictate everything? Everyone was looking for the WoW killer and changing their course to become that instead of just doing their own thing and it looks like these newer games are no different. Shame…

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laelgon

In case there was any doubts that it’s more about marketing than testing. They don’t want the streamers to have to pick between Classic and this. Really hating this trend of doing everything possible to appease content creators.

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Yangers

They would almost certainly pick classic though.

Why make things harder for yourself.

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Khrome

It’s not just content creators, but players as well. People only have so much time in a day they can spend on games, and the overlap between especially the Classic and AoC audience is significant.

This can also mean that they’re confident about what people can show when it goes live, so lets see what happens first.

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Armsman

Free marketing is free marketing.

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Dankey Kang

Smart thinking. The absolute worst thing you can do in game dev is let others steal your thunder.