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Alpha-2 is the Persistent alpha.[1][2] This release is expected to include the following:

"Persistent" means that the Alpha-2 servers will be kept up all day and night until launch.[1]

The ultimate goal for A2 is to be persistent and the PTS, but before we get that far there's gonna be some wipes I would expect.[10]Steven Sharif

Alpha-2 availability

Phase Release Estimated/Actual date
Alpha Alpha-2 (aanhoudende alfafase).[1][2] -


Tulnar race

The Tulnar race will be in place before Alpha-2. Concepts and early works are expected at that time.[3]

Naval schedule

Ship assets will likely be released leading in to Alpha-2.[4]

Emblem, logo and symbol editor

Import of user-created image content (UCC) is being considered.[12] This was previously not under consideration.[13]

  • An active GM staff will be monitoring user-created content. Users who upload inappropriate content will place their accounts in jeopardy.[14]

I know previously we had spoken about not allowing custom user images in the game, however I think we're leaning more now in the direction of allowing for custom user images. Absolutely well what it will be is the fact that we're a subscription game and if you want to jeopardize your account by doing the wrong thing with regards to custom users [images] then by all means you may do so and we'll have stringent practices in place to prevent that from actually being an issue.[12]Steven Sharif

With regards to this UCC question, I think when you have an active an active GM team that you know you are you have directed to care take the product you're going to mitigate a lot of that functionality you don't want to see out of this custom image system. People who look to let's say meme the system are going to be met with the type of enforcement that they don't want to have on their account; and being a subscription-based product and being a risk versus reward and maybe a more old-school approach to character development and progression I think they're gonna take a significant risk in doing things that we don't want them to do, which will result in the jeopardy of their account. So I think that is not going to deter a hundred percent of things- I don't think you ever can deter a hundred percent of things unless we go away from custom images- but I think that we can achieve some parity of essentially enforcement versus infraction ratio that's going to be liveable for everybody.[14]Steven Sharif

The user interface will allow emblems, logos and symbols to be designed in-game.[13][15][8]

Emblem editor functionality is tentatively planned for Alpha-2.[8]

Alpha-2 NDA

Alpha-1, Alpha-2, Beta-1, Beta-2 releases are not covered by NDA (non-disclosure agreement).[17]

  • QA testing prior to the full release of Alpha-1 is covered by NDA.[18][19]
    • The text and voice NDA was lifted from the PI QA testing phase on May 28, 2020.[18]
    • The NDA will remain in place until the end of fall.[20]

Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:

Pre-order packs

Heat and Harmony pre-order packs.[28]

Ever present in the world, flame is a sight to behold - both a purveyor of ill omens and a beacon of hope in equal measure. Through learning, however, those who wish to bend the will of fire to their own may do so. Only those who revere it are worthy, lest they be consumed by their own hubris.[28]

Pre-order packs are available from the Cosmetic store.[27]

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.[29]Steven Sharif


Alpha and Beta participation is expected to grow with the sale of pre-order packs.[31]

Server wipes

Alpha and Beta servers will be wiped prior to launch.[32]

As a general rule, if the testing phase contains the word Alpha, it is safe to assume there will likely be wipes.[10]Steven Sharif



See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Livestream, 2018-01-18 (25:22).
  2. 2.0 2.1 alpha and beta phases.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 Livestream, 8 April 2018 (AM) (2:17).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Livestream, 2018-09-27 (54:02).
  5. Interview, 2018-10-20 (0:00).
  6. Interview, 2018-10-20 (12:38).
  7. Livestream, 2020-03-28 (1:41:11).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Livestream, 2018-10-31 (47:44).
  9. steven-family-summon-2.png
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 server-wipes.png
  11. Blog: 10 facts about castle sieges in the MMORPG.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Livestream, 2019-07-26 (1:05:28).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 Livestream, 2017-05-17 (55:40).
  14. 14.0 14.1 Interview, 2020-07-08 (48:30).
  15. 15.0 15.1 guild emblem.jpg
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Interview, 2018-10-20 (3:35:54).
  17. Livestream, 2018-01-18 (49:26).
  18. 18.0 18.1 Livestream, 2020-05-29 (31:37).
  19. alpha-1-nda-1.png
  20. alpha-1-nda-2.png
  21. 21.0 21.1 Kickstarter packages.
  22. MMOGAMES Interview, 8 September 2017.
  23. beta 0.png
  24. Intrepid pre-order pack.
  25. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  26. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Ashes of Creation - September Cosmetics.
  29. steven-cosmetics.png
  30. Interview, 2018-08-24 (12:18).
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Livestream, 2017-11-17 (28:50).
  32. server wipe.jpg
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 MASSIVELY OP interview: Ashes of Creation on a new way to MMO.
  34. Ashes Discord.png
  35. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter campaign
  36. Ashes of Creation Kickstarter.
  37. Summer Crowdfunding.png
  38. summerended.png
  39. Intrepid Studios Dev Team.
  40. PAX West 2017 Schedule.
  41. PAX West 2017 Map.
  42. Livestream, 2018-01-18 (2:48).
  43. GDC.png
  44. PAX East.png
  45. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  46. gamescom.png
  47. Ashes of Creation Gamescom 2018 Interview: Responding to Criticism.
  48. Newsletter, 7 August 2018
  49. alpha1-phase-1-update.png
  50. Intrepid Studios Extra Life 2018 (@MediaAoC).
  51. Interview, 2019-04-15 (5:09).
  52. extralife2019.png
  53. Blog: New Adventure Awaits.
  54. kickstarter most funded MMORPG.png
  55. kickstarter most funded video game.png
  56.'s Best of 2017 Awards.
  57. Most Anticipated MMORPGs For 2018.
  58. 58.0 58.1 DualShockers’ Gamescom 2018 Awards