Glorious Ashes community – the Divine Gateways are opening once more for limited Apocalypse testing sessions, and we need YOUR help to try out the latest changes! On Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 11AM PDT to 11PM PDT, all registered users will be able to log in and play the Battle Royale mode of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse. Solo and Squad game modes will be available for play on our North American (East), European (Central), and Asian (Singapore) servers.
This play test is open to all registered users, and you can register an account on our website if you don’t already have one. The latest patch will be available from our website starting on Monday, August 19 at 2PM PDT, so you can get ready for the play test that kicks off at 11AM PDT on Tuesday, August 20!
We are also excited to announce that during this play test, Ashes of Creation Apocalypse will become available for download on Steam! The Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Steam page will launch on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 2PM PDT so you can prepare in advance for Tuesday. As we move forward with play testing, we want to invite as many people as possible to push our back-end infrastructure to its limits, and Steam helps provide us with a platform where we can reach a broader community. Please note that you will still need an Intrepid account in order to launch and play the game via the Steam client – you can read more details in our Steam FAQ below.
As you’re playtesting, you may come across bugs – please help us squash them by reporting them to us on our Bug Reporting forum category! Be sure to search for your bug first in that section before posting a new thread – if you have more details to share, please add it in a comment on the original thread instead of opening a new one for the same bug report. In addition, check the Known Issues list below or on the forums for the most up-to-date list of known bugs. If you’re not sure about what information to include in your bug report, check out this helpful thread here: https://forums.ashesofcreation.com/discussion/42828/how-to-report-a-bug-read-me-first
Your feedback is crucial to us during this playtest! With lots of new and updated features since our last test, there are a few key areas where we’d like you to provide feedback – such as combat & weapon balance, user interface & player experience, and game performance. Please leave your thoughts on these topics in our official forum thread after you’ve playtested!
Every piece of feedback you provide and bug you report during our Ashes of Creation Apocalypse play tests helps us move closer to the Alpha 1 phase of testing for the Ashes of Creation MMORPG. Whether it’s nailing down third-person action combat for integration into the hybrid combat system, experimenting with a broad range of ability interactions, or solidifying our back-end services like patching and authentication, these tests provide us data to aid us in making the right decisions for the MMORPG. As we work to master the three core fundamentals – character, control, and camera – everything we learn from player interactions in Apocalypse becomes part of our iterative process, and allows us to refine and polish for the MMORPG based on actual, live data. In addition, Apocalypse gives us the opportunity to test and validate key MMORPG systems in the form of new game modes (like Castle Siege and Horde Mode), so we can fine-tune our systems with data collected both internally from our QA team and externally from our community. When you jump in and play Apocalypse with us, you also help us with essential large-scale combat testing that allows us to optimize client and server performance – so we can build towards the huge battles and sieges you can expect to see in the Ashes of Creation MMORPG.
Read on below for answers to your frequently asked questions regarding this test session and Steam, as well as more detailed patch notes and a list of known issues. If you don’t see your question listed in the FAQs below, please reach out to us on Twitter or share it on our official forums or Discord so we can help you further.