Pre-order packs

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Paragon's Vigil pre-order packs.[1]

Gleaming plate and amethyst banners meet beneath the cloudless sky, pride and honor made manifest. Great victories, whether diplomatic or on the battlefield, call for equally great celebrations - thus do the guard don their ceremonial armor. Riding out, they are met with a chorus of cheers, but this spectacle is more than mere fanfare. These ceremonies are instrumental in maintaining the morale of the citizenry. To know that stalwart heroes watch over them instills great hope, and helps to secure the happiness of those within the nation, as well as future victories without.[1]

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[2]

We offer cosmetics for players who wish to support the project early. The exclusive nature of the limited availability is something I think collectors value. If you buy cosmetics as an MMO player, I know I enjoyed if the cosmetic is rare and not every girl at the party is wearing the same dress. In addition, these cosmetics are used to populate the world through NPC variants and color/texture changes so their offering aligns with our production schedule. The good thing about these packs is they contain no P2W advantages and there is no box cost, so from a mechanics standpoint you do not need to buy them to excel in the game on launch. And also, there are comparable and subjectively more grand cosmetics achievable in game as well.[3]Steven Sharif

Pre-order pack cosmetic skins cycle monthly and are never available again for purchase. Apart from the cosmetic skins, the packages can also include subscription time, embers (virtual currency for future cosmetics when the game is live), access to alphas and betas, and other perks such as name reservation.[4]

  • There are no pay-to-win gameplay benefits from any purchasable items.[4]

These packs are completely optional and provide no vital components for succeeding in Ashes.[4]Steven Sharif

  • Cosmetics achievable in-game will be on-par, and in the case of legendary skins, even more elaborate than shop items.[4]
  • Pre-order pack cosmetics will look similar across differing races.[5]

We are very transparent in the business model of subscription with cosmetic only marketplace... I respect and understand the opinion of rather having a box price in-place of cosmetics, but that is not the direction I’ve decided to take. After weighing the benefits to the game and its population, I believe a lower barrier to entry is healthier in the long run, and the steady content release and quality of the product will sustain the retention for subscription and in-turn provide a healthier content release strategy for Ashes.[4]Steven Sharif

15 August 2018 was the last day for purchases of Alpha-1 through Intrepid pre-order packs (History).[6]

  • The developers are considering re-opening sales of Alpha-1 packs in the future.[7]

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. 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. You can expect more info on this during January.[7]Steven Sharif

Wayfarer pre-order pack

The Wayfarer pre-order pack is available from the Cosmetic store.[1]

Expeditionary pre-order pack

The Expeditionary pre-order pack is available from the Cosmetic store.[1]

Voyager pre-order pack

The Voyager pre-order pack is available from the Cosmetic store.[1]

Voyager plus pre-order pack

The Voyager plus pre-order pack is available from the Cosmetic store.[1]

Cosmetic store

Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.[2]

There is going to be legendary cosmetics that can be earned and achieved in the game through the game systems, but that's going to take a significant amount of effort and work; and those cosmetics are going to be on-par with the cosmetics offered in the marketplace... What that does is it provides additional revenue to the company so that we can continue to fund the development of content as well and bridge the divide that not having a box cost would have and not having any pay-to-win mechanics whatsoever.[9]Steven Sharif

The Cosmetic store enables players to purchase Cosmetics for use in Ashes of Creation.[10] The cosmetic store offers limited time, limited quantity items to help sustain game development.[11]

  • Equitable cosmetics, both from a quantity and quality standpoint, are achievable through in-game means.[11]
  • Nothing in the cosmetic store will be pay to win.[12]

I want to incentivize purchase in the cosmetic shop for sustainability of what expansions we have intended, since we are not a box cost. I want to incentivize purchase by offering limited items: limited time, limited quantity, so you have confidence that when you purchase them, they won't be offered later on in some other way.[11]Steven Sharif

Providing these limited options that collectors out there like when it comes to achieving and/or purchasing cosmetics. It means something I think when players make that decision to purchase or they go through the rigorous portion of achieving those things in game that it is not just everywhere around them and becomes meaningless at that point.[13]Steven Sharif

Pets, Mounts, Costumes, Armor, Buildings and Accessories sold in the cosmetic store are skins.[14]

We plan to include a shop for micro transactions. The shop will only include cosmetic items. Nothing in our shop will ever be pay to win as we believe this practice greatly hurts the MMORPG genre.[12]

All cosmetic store items will be non-tradeable.[22] There will be no gifting mechanism for cosmetic items.[23]

I don't want cosmetic items that can be purchased from the market to be transferable... because it is in a way a transfer of money for potentially something in-game.[23]Steven Sharif

List of pre-order pack cosmetics

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