How do you plan to keep up with the community over the months/years as development takes a bigger toll of your time? Will you go down the route of maintaining connections directly? Or will we see proxies such as CMs taking over in time?
I wish to integrate CMs fairly soon, but I have a passion for the social aspect of what makes the MMO genre so great. Which means I will be directly engaging with the community through development, in the evenings when I am getting home. I will be eating, breathing, and drinking this development and it’s community.
When i show alot of people the current video footage of Ashes of Creation, often people comment on how dull the Combat looks, and i personally agree, it could use some tweaking, also alot of people consider “tab-target” quite an outdated form of combat, and that a fluid action-based combat is a better direction for games to go in. Whats your thoughts on the current combat system?
This is the downside of transparency. When I decided that our studios would involve the community in every aspect of our development, we understood that there would be needed a level of trust in the community that what they are seeing is not the final product. It is meant to show our progression and development. All too often, an indie developer moves to crowdsourcing a game, prior to having a working model in any system…Basically with only a concept they manage to raise money. I wanted to show more than that, I wanted to show actual production and investment from our studios, BEFORE we asked the community to bring our project to life. In regards to tab targeting, while our combat system is not completely fleshed out, I can say that our tab-targeting will involve positioning and mobility and that we will have more in-depth blogs on this system as our development progresses.
Jumping on the combat mechanics bandwagon – are you planning a limited action set of abilities where players have to choose what’s active at any given time, or will players have many action bars with many active abilities as in games like WoW and SWTOR ?
We don’t want our players to be flooded with bars filled with abilities and skills that they rarely use, or become obsolete. So we will have a skill system that progresses with the player. Like many other aspect of our game, players will choose their skill sets from their chosen archetype and archetype combinations.
With regards to targeting, have you guys given any consideration to separate enemy / friendly targeting ala Warhammer: Age of Reckoning? That’s something I felt worked really well there and opened up new archetypes like melee healers whose mechanics don’t fit well with a traditional single-targeting system.
We will absolutely go into great depth when we release our blog on the combat system!
Alot of people are comparing this to Ultima Online, with that paralell in mind will we be able to loot our enemies once we kill them?
I really don’t want to compare our PvP system to anything else on the market, because it is pretty unique. Obviously a flagging system has been done before, but not as effectively as I believe we will accomplish. Our goal is to focus on the concept of Risk VS Reward. And we will get into more detail about our PvP mechanics in the near future.
Could you tell us in which languages the game will be translated? Have you contemplated Spanish?
Localization and translations really depend on the demand for our game in those regional markets. I can say that it is an expensive process, but one that we are wanting to do if the demand is there. The best thing you can do to see this happen, is to help build our community in those markets.
Is there any plans to eventually have player housing? And if so, my vote goes more to the being able to build (like Rift) than just a glorified bank vault.
Yes, we will have player housing. And it will be amazing! We already have some content regarding this on our website http://www.ashesofcreation.com But the player housing system is in depth and vital to many systems. It will be far, far more than just a bank vault.
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Do you think the game will appeal to more casual, or perhaps better stated, more time limited players? I love MMOs, but as a parent, I don’t have the time to sink into them that I used to?
Great question! We want to build a wide community. That means making the game playable for casual and hardcore gamers.
When you talked about the Caravan system, and the way PvP is allowed around it. How will you prevent mass guilds from camping these trade routes, solely to attack and plunder these caravans. Also, how will you prevent mass guilds from securing these routes without trouble because of their size? (I think the latter will be easy to fix, by capping the amount of gold/resources that can be carried per caravan. So it just won’t be profitable enough to organize them with mass guilds.)
The caravan system is designed to be initiated by the player. Which means, information of the caravans launch time and route, should be a closely guarded secret. Routes will also be diverse, and the world is large, so it might behoove you to scout the route ahead before a launch. Fast travel in our game is also limited, which means unless the guild had knowledge of your plans before hand, it is likely that they will be unable to organize and travel to a location. As far as mass guilds securing trade routes, there is always a bigger fish in the pond. Also caravans will have limitations on carrying capacity and launch windows that will segment mulitiple caravans by several minutes, which would space out the caravans, making it difficult to “zerg” a defense.
Will there be any roles of value for those who arent interest in combat? Farming/breeding/cooking. If so, will the casual non-combat player feel like his actions are worth something. (Take cooking for example, in most games 99% of food is useless, its all about the top 1%). -Maybe a more precise way of phrasing that would be, are there any plans to support non-combat professions as a full-time playstyle?
Farming/breeding/cooking and crafting in general is of EXTREME importance in this world. It is my personal opinion that players who control the economy exert greater influence over the world than those who directly influence PvP. Non-Combat playstyles will absolutely be a full-time option, and will yeild considerable influence.
What about monetization of the game is anything decided yet? Reading the faq it was sayd that the creators are veteran gamers and tired of failed mmos, does that mean its crystal clear there wont be anything p2w like? Myself i would happily spend alot money to cash shop if the game is good and not p2w and i really think it is better overall cause the game will last longer if its not p2w.
We are fully aware and agree that the downfall of many of the MMO’s that have come out recently are a result of flagrant pay2win strategies from their monetization process. We will not follow in their footsteps.
Are you publishing the game everywhere by yourselves or are you gonna let a publisher destroy it?
We are self-publishing
Speaking of, will there be in game weddings?
We are talking about it, Some family system that would tie into the housing mechanics, No polygamy allowed xD.
Also, will NPC’s in nodes be “essential”, If theyre not “essential” it means they can be killed?
They would be essential inside the node
So does that also mean that when all the npcs are killed the node will be useless?
NPC’s in the node can only be killed during a siege against that node. Node sieges follow very specific mechanics. For example, a guild may use a difficult to get quest item, to declare a siege against a node at stage 3 (Village) or above, after the siege is declared there is a declaration period. This period is longer for higher stage nodes. During this period, all trade to and from the node is frozen. The Player government of the node is now capable of spending the node taxes on the defense of the node. When the siege begins, there will be objectives for the attackers to secure in order to increase the defenders respawn time. Ultimately the apex of the battle will rely on the attackers securing the town center, and removing the towns flag, while then raising their own. Once a node has been sieged, it cannot be sieged again for a long period of time.
Will a siege be instanced then?
The siege will be open world.
Bonus Discussion :
C: phew, otherwise someone could solo destroy a node
Steven : @C Node sieges have a lengthy cooldown.
G: That would make the role of a Assassin/rogue more interesting, but too OP, i agree.
C: indeed thats why
if they also could be killed normally without the seige an assassin could literally destroy a node solo
B: We’ll have to conquer nodes using different techniques
Steven :Each node has a number of districts, depending on its stage. Each district has an objective that attackers can attempt to take control over. If an attacker takes over a district, they gain that district as a respawn location for attackers. They also increase the respawn for defenders for each district that is taken. Districts are taken by defeating a raid boss Guard NPC in that district.
Sounds great. But how would a defender win? Is there a timer, or similar?
Defenders would win on timer, or through defeating the NPC Staff and General at the Attackers Encampment, then burning down the Encampment, which is an extended cast (2-5 min)
Will there be OP flying mounts ? (Since we saw dragons on the concept drawings you sent)
Dragons are epic mounts that will have strong battle abilities IE AOE Breath Weapons, swooping flyby attacks, and others. They will only be available to Kings/Queens of Castles, and Elected Mayors of Metropolis stage nodes.
What the combat will be like in ashes of creation?
There is action based combat, to a degree. We are working on our mage combat vid now, should be done next weekish (Sent Friday 13 January 2017)
So a mix of tab target and action perhaps. Might remind me of gw2.
How often are keys given out?
Will the key draws be just random? and how many?
Weekly, to users who perform well with referrals and posting content on forums/ participating in discussions etc.
Wouldnt mind if the combat was more like EQ Next than what it currently looks like!
That combat video isn’t anything near end product lol, was meant to show that we have working mechanics already unlike some other developers this early in production.
What are you guys currently planning for progression?
Our player class advancement follows both a vertical progression in the traditional leveling sense, as well as a horizontal skill customization platform. When players start the game, they will be able to choose from 8 separate Archetypes. These archetypes represent the staple fantasy classes; Fighter, Tank, Rogue, Ranger, Mage, Summoner, Cleric, Bard. As the player progresses vertically with their primary class, they will have the opportunity to add a second class. This second class will be chosen again from the 8 archetypes, and will follow more of a horizontal progression. The second class will allow the player to augment their primary skills from their main class, with effects from their secondary class. For example; A fighter has a skill called “Rush”, that allows him to rush towards a target and upon reaching the target, deals x damage with a chance to knock the target down. If that fighter were to choose Mage as his secondary archetype (Spellsword), he would gain access to certain augments that he could apply to his primary skill tree. Let’s use his Rush skill as an example; As a Spellsword, he could choose to apply a teleportation augment to the Rush skill, which would allow the skill to now teleport you to the target, eliminating the charge time on the skill. Each skill in the primary tree will have several augment options from your secondary tree. The secondary skill augment tree will follow a horizontal progression that will be expanded upon further in a developer’s blog.
How big AoC world? and how many ppl can concurrent play per server?
We are currently looking into this particular topic, and will be releasing an official answer to this question in the coming weeks.
Will there be racial-locked mounts? Or will every race be able to ride every mount.
Currently every race in Ashes has a unique mount. Then there are mounts that can be found in the wild, and tamed. As well as quest mounts, epic mounts, and a few other mount specific ideas we will release in the coming weeks.
Is it just players that can destroy nodes or will PvE events also happen than can cause node destruction/degrading?
Nodes will experience atrophy and will require continued player activity in order to grow. If a town loses too much activity, then it may result in a PvE siege against the node. We are still working on this mechanic
Tell me that there will be a balance between what cosmetics are added to the shop and what is available in game.
There will be a balance. :smiley: Players will have a wide range of cosmetics available through in-game accomplishment and progression, as well as a wide variety of purchasable cosmetics for players who are more casual and would prefer to support the game through the cash shop. Either way, player customization will be achievable from a cosmetic standpoint readily throughout the game.
How do you plan to handle Inventory space?
Inventory space will be tied to a backpack type item, that will be crafted from artisans. The higher lvl backpack, the greater the inventory space. Different backpacks will cater to different players. IE A gatherers backpack will have more space for gatherables, an adventurers more space for consumables and items.
Will we be able to change our Archetype later in the game if we decide we want to try something else? not change our base class, just the secondary.
This is looking like a yes.
Will rogues actually be rogues? or are they going to be more like assassins?
Depends how you build it. Both options are currently viable.
Will i be able to mess around “flag” on a guild member like in some MMOs, or will they be immune to all AOEs and targeted effects even if trying to purposely attack them.
Currently our flagging system has several lockouts. People whom you may not flag on. This order follows a simple affiliation progression in the system. Party member, Raid member, Guild member, Alliance member. If any of these 4 affiliations are present then the player may not flag on the target.
What kind of game is Ashes of Creation?
Ashes of Creation is an upcoming MMORPG, set in a high fantasy open world. We believe in choice, organic events, player narratives and massive communities. All of these come together in what we call our “Reactive World.” Players will shape the world we create through dynamic quests, castle sieges, our Node system, an economy that goes well beyond the auction house, and player housing (among many other systems). We’ll set up the initial state, you decide where it goes from there.
How many playable races will there be in Ashes of Creation?
Currently we intend to launch with 8 distinct races. As time goes on we will have in depth developer blogs that discuss the culture and identity of these unique races.
Does my race choice influence my class?
Yes, simply put. Races will affect your stats, and stats will affect your skills and abilities. In addition, races will give unique flavors to your class archetype skills. Classes will not be restricted to certain races.
Are there factions?
No. This is a non-faction based game. Players are open to interact with anyone and everyone.
How many classes are there?
We have a unique and detailed class system, which we will discuss further in a developer’s blog. For now, I can say that we have 8 archetypes. You will choose an archetype as your primary class that you will level from starting level to max level. Along the way, you will choose a secondary class from the 8 archetypes. That secondary class will augment your primary class’ abilities and skills. In total, our class system will have 64 distinct classes, of which there will be a wide variety of customization in skills and abilities based on the player’s choices.
What is the Node System?
The Node System is one of the core systems that sets our game apart from every other game on the market, it’s a large topic that we can’t wait to explore further in our developer blogs but we’ll go into a little bit of detail here. Nodes are the mechanic by which player driven settlements are developed, and how our world grows. Our map is sectioned off into zones, playable areas with an environmental theme. These zones are then subsectioned off into smaller, invisibly defined areas we call “Nodes.”
These Nodes are listening all the time. Every player action within a Node, and every action associated with that Node (like quests that might require players to leave the Node) is tracked and scored. This includes any player action, like crafting, harvesting, killing a monster, or finding a point of interest. This ‘score’ abstracts and represents player participation within that Node. The more that players participate within a Node, the higher that score gets, and the closer that Node inches toward civilization. Upon reaching a certain participation score, the Node will develop into its first of six stages.
All of the Nodes within our world fit into one of four distinct types (Military, Divine, Economic and Scientific), each of which will define how players interact with them. Regardless of the Node type, these newly developed settlements can be player governed, fought over, and customized. Some Nodes can even unlock hidden aspects of the world. Again, this is a large topic and we look forward to explaining it in more detail with our developer blogs!
Can I own land?
Our land owning system has an integrated personal housing and farming system to allow players to claim land in the open world. This land is the same static size for all players. You may then acquire blueprints for structures to build on that land, such as a home, stables for animal husbandry, crafting stations and more. In addition to open world housing, you will also be able to own homes within a Node itself; these homes will grow as the Node does, from a small cottage to a sprawling mansion! Certain Nodes will also have instanced housing.
How does PvP work in Ashes of Creation?
PvP in Ashes of Creation is intended to be both organized and organic. We want to create an atmosphere where PvP is meaningful by utilizing different systems that create fluid PvP events including: Castle Sieges, City defense/assaults, Caravans, and a scenario-based Arena combat. For our open world, we have designed a flagging system that severely deters people from griefing other players. Much more will be explained in great detail, in our upcoming developer blogs.
How will PvE work in Ashes of Creation?
One of the main philosophical pillars behind our design was that PvE must be impactful and inclusive. We want solo players, small groups and large groups to all have a home within our system. With monsters throughout the world, challenging raid bosses, new dungeons spawning as your world develops, and scalable challenges, we know that each player will have a complete PvE experience. Our Node system allows the constant generation of new PvE content such as questlines, monsters, dungeons and even raid bosses as well!
Will there be pets and mounts?
Yes, and Yes.
The graphics look amazing! What engine are you using? How will I ever afford a computer that can play it?
We are using the Unreal 4 engine for development. Most of the artwork of the game is optimized to play on mid-range hardware made within the last six years. Additionally, we are exposing many optional settings which will improve performance on lower-than-minimum-specification hardware.
Does Unreal Engine work well with large scale users and MMOs?
Unreal Engine 4 is designed to create small, fully-functional projects right out of the box. Since an MMO is a literal culmination of every extreme in game design, one might, quite understandably, balk at the idea of using UE4 for such a project. Fortunately, UE4 is easily modified at a source code level to allow for custom or extensive divergences from the default, small project functionality. We have identified what we need to change – most notably, the network communication and level loading code – in order to get the gaming experience that is expected of a modern MMO.
Who does your Team consist of?
Our studio was founded by a gamer. Someone who spent many years of his gaming career settling for lesser MMO’s. He pulled together a team of veterans and fresh talent to create the foundation for what we know will be the next big (and finally done right) MMORPG. Our team comes from many different studios and projects like; Star Wars Galaxies, Everquest 1, Everquest 2, Everquest Next, Vanguard, Bioshock, Gears of War, Planetside 1 and Planetside 2, Call of Duty, X-Com.
How does the game flow if there are no factions?
In AoC we are really focusing on allowing the community to drive their own paths through players making guilds and that kind of stuff. AoC is also going to put in things that will help players create their identity and making their character grow. For example, the node system, people will be setting up in cities and that will be kind of a faction of its own. It is going to be way more nuanced than “red vs blue” though the shifts of the game, players will create new cities and you might join another city than your starting city and that creates a whole new faction for you to play and interact with.
If the world is build up from the ground by the players, will there still be things to do in the world and poi (points of interest)?
Absolutely, the world was inhabited before, but it has been left untouched hundreds of years. Things that happened on this planet before the players came are going to be parts of the poi system.
“It is less of a fact that there is a black canvas, it is more of the fact that you have a lot of paint to work with in order to create your own picture.” -Steven.
Players are not moving into emptiness. They’re moving into a world with a backlog of lore, storylines that you can uncover, exciting treasures and items you can find.
There are also going to points of interests in the world like dungeons, wizard towers and mines.
What do guilds have access to?
It has been common in a lot of mmo that guild activities have been focusing on large guilds, we want to bring content that focuses on small guilds, medium guilds and of course the large guilds. That is shown through the guild mechanism, like leveling up the guild to get certain abilities, sieging castles, and founding nodes and towns.
There is going to be a lot of focus on the “local gameplay” and “global gameplay”. Guilds will fight guilds; some guilds might recruit other guilds to help them fight.
It will also be possible for single players to participate in events that are just as influential and as fun as these large guilds participating in these world events.
Guilds will have levels and skills, the guilds participation in the world will help level the guild. Guilds will be able to have guild halls in nodes. There will be guild specific buildings and guild specific quests inside a node.
What are players able to build in the world?
For housing, there will be three primary focuses in that regard. First and foremost, housing that’s buildable by the players themselves, static housing within nodes, and instanced housing.
Housing build by the player
It will be possible to lay down your claim to a piece of land out in the world. On that land, you have space to build a home, grow a farm, build all kinds of different workstations and so much more.
Static housing within a node
There will be a finite number of houses per node. You can build a house in the early stages of the development of a node and reap benefits from it if that nodes progresses later into development. Houses will grow along with the node.
Basically housing for politics within a node. Houses for government and other political housing.
How will the referral system work, and what are the thoughts behind it?
Intrepid wants to reward players and say thank you for bringing others into their game, and that is done through the referral system. You invite a person to join the website, and if they sign up and use money on the game, you will recieve 15% of what they have used, wether that’s via. the in game shop or through subscription. This is in order to make it easier to pay for subscription without bringing a free to play model into the game and to make sure that the p2w aspect will never enter it.
Why the name “Ashes of Creation”?
The logo of Ashes of Creation is a phoenix. The phoenix is known for dying and resurrecting itself, and it is a major symbol for the entire theme of the game. When going into Ashes of Creation we will rebuild and repopulate, destroy and build from the ashes of our creation. Taking the node system as an exampl; you will be building a node up from scratch and it may get destroyed and rebuild in a new way.
Are there any plans for raids and dungeons?
Definentally. There will be a lot of different types of dungeons, catering to both smaller and larger groups of people, but dungeons will be open world for the most part. Some dungeons will also be unlockable via. the node system, meaning that some servers may unlock dungeons that other servers haven’t or will never unlock. This also means that the loot within the dungeons may vary from server to server, depending on how you have progresssed in the world.
Have Oceanic servers been in discussion?
Yes they have. Depending on the demand in certain regions of the world, servers in that specific place will be taken under consideration. Intrepid will be very aware of latency issues .
Do you have a timeline for when we might be getting some lore related posts?
Steven: I’m a story guy myself, and I love the depth our world has… We will begin to slowly release lore content in the coming weeks. (answered: 2.1 2017)
For pvp ranks/arenas, how will things work, will we have 3v3, 2v2 1v1s, or do you guys want it to only be open world type pvp?
There will be Arenas, and they will vary in team composition. From 1v1’s to team based instances. Rankings will be an integrated feature.
Are there plans for any items, currency, etc... to be lootable on PvP death?
Currently when players die to other players, the death penalties incurred will include a portion of the deceased player’s resources/gatherables dropping. Player’s will have a very limited space for these types of items in their inventory, as we intend the caravan/mule system to be the primary mode of transportation in regards to these goods.
How will exploration work?
We really want players to explore. And we want them to be rewarded for finding things. And new things will spawn all the time in the world as areas get developed. So in short, Yes, exploration will be rewarding.
Will there be any mini games that you can play in taverns, like gwent from the witcher?
We will look into crafting some fun mini-games for sure.
What is the Character Customization like?
If there was a game to compare it to, Intrepid Studios would say very similar to how Black Desert Online has their character customization set up. There are plans to make it more in-depth for the players however. More information coming soon.
How will housing work?
Static housing – There will be a finite number of houses per node. You can build a house in the early stages development of a node and reap benefits from it if that node progresses into later stage. Houses will grow along with the node.
Instanced housing – Basically housing for politics within a node. Houses for government and other political housing.
Open world land ownerships – You will lay claim to a piece of land out in the world. On that land you will have space to build a home, grow a farm, build all kinds of different workstations and so much more.
Is the game Pay To Win?
The main goal of the game is to ensure the community that there will be ZERO tolerance for Pay To Win features. Expect none to be implemented in the game, the cash shop or Kickstarter.
How many playable races and classes will there be?
There will be 8 playable races and 8 playable classes on release. The classes are Tank, Fighter, Summoner, Rogue, Ranger, Mage, Cleric, and Bard. The confirmed races are:
What is the business model for the game?
It is a Subscription Based MMORPG, at $15 a month. There will be an in-game mall/cash shop available for players with only cosmetics, skins and dyes!
When will the game be released?
There are 4 alphas currently known;
Friends and Family (Technically Pre-Alpha) will be this year (2017).
NDA Alpha Q4 of 2017, and this is the weekly key giveaways access as well.
Alpha 1 available on KS, 2018.
Alpha 2 available on KS 2018 (Will become PTS)
What is the Combat system like?
It is a hybrid between Tab-target and Action Combat. The combat is going to be a combination of targeting method and positional mechanics that will dictate and determine the ability of skills to land and the efficacy of those skills. Included in the plans for combat is fluid chain attacks and animation cancels.