Ashes of Creation – NDA Remains

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Ashes of Creation has just announced the second delay in a row of loosening the NDA(non-disclosure agreement) from the game for upcoming testing. This isn’t the end of the world, I really think this is fine. I just think they aren’t being entirely honest with why that is. Which isn’t a huge deal, but some people struggle to read between the lines of PR statements and so I figured I’d break down what I personally see as the real reason.

Ashes of Creation is an upcoming MMORPG by Intrepid Studios. Set in a backdrop of high fantasy, players will venture into a vast new world to explore and tame the wilderness. Ashes of Creation’s foundational node system means nearly the entirety of the world is built by player choice and actions! No two player experiences will feel the same – every server ebbs and flows with its own unique story and character all based on player choice.

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34 thoughts on “Ashes of Creation – NDA Remains”

  1. The NDA is also protecting certain features of the game that cannot be protected under copyright laws. If those features are new in a mmo and you do not want someone to copy your work as soon as it is published, the NDA is the way to go.

  2. So many MMO's have been a disaster that I do not have for any hype for any of them. Until I get my hand on Ashes of Creation it's only a hype train in my book, I think if we look at history MMO's hype tend to be a disaster or scam.

  3. Hey Kira; I know you can't comment on what your NDA 'spies' tell you about this game's development, but I was wondering if you have heard anything related to Steven Sharif being a massive scam-artist/money grubber – specifically from gaming communities he's been a part of in the past, and especially his old Arche Age guild from a few years ago (maybe 4 years ago I think).

    I've heard some horrible rumours about this man from the two massive AA guilds that merged together, that he ended up becoming the leader of. That this guy is just all about business and making money, and that this game is going to be a huge let-down at best, and a massive scam at worst.

    Wondering if you or any of your viewers/NDA spies have heard similar things. When I spoke to some of those ex-guild members, it really destroyed any hope I had left for this game.

  4. $500 to be an alpha tester? That's funny. I was kinda hyped for New World, then that got pushed back by a frigging year. Tried PSO2, didn't care for that. Definitely wishing for a new mmo experience.

  5. The problem today ..for Some people they believe a game in (alpha), is what it will look like at release.
    I mean I read lot of comment on different forums after the announcement of the delay and people act like the full release of the game is delayed and wont be playing the game because of it..
    Like this is Cyberpunk all over again.

  6. I don't get the hype. Looks like another generic MMORPG. I would be much more excited if they had more in depth gameplay and systems. It seems like they spend almost all their time on the least important thing: how it looks. And the least amount of time on the actual game. I'd much rather play a really interesting game with 8 bit graphics than a boring game that looks fantastic.

  7. People really do cling to this idea that kickstarters are "pure" and better than mainstream games. They're just not. Their quality is inferior and release dates are atrocious or nonexistent. They thrive on hype alone, rarely content.

  8. Combat rework definitely taking longer than they thought imo, which is fine. Wish they’d just say something like that vs the vague language. Still waiting to throw any money at it until it’s in a better spot, though.

  9. Remember Cyberpunk 2077, people. Delays do not mean the final result will be worth all the hype and wait…a game only deserves praise once it's out, playable and proven itself other than just PR/hypetrain crap.

  10. Guild wars 2 was released 8 years ago, ashes of creation still in alpha state: AoC have more outfits, cash shop items, packs and microtransactions than GW2…
    Yes the AoC will not be P2W but bloody hell im already not motivated to play the game because i feel like i missed out on all explosive skins before the game launches..
    Add to that the outdated combat system that let your character stand still and fly in the air for every skill you cast..

  11. The biggest reason for the delay has to be the combat criticisms and maybe some game breaking features that they need to hide and disable, which is understandable if they dont wanna show broken shit. I do expect to see a glimpse of the final product after alpha 2 or 3 or whatever.

  12. I'd rather not see anything till a final beta. Whether it's a hype train, or the consumers attitude towards mmos it's never worked for them to be as "transparent" as you want them to, instead it gets backfired with rushed videos of "first looks" and a decent chunk of people end up with 2nd handed first impressions from an Alpha instead of trying it for themselves and deciding. Imo, it's protecting the public from themselves as well as protecting they product when it's clearly not finished. ( let alone the fact that any game will always have negatives, you just decide if the scale tips towards you, anyone expecting a pure fun experience is delusional).

  13. The animations surely needs some work, TERA is 10 years old and the animations in AoC arent even close to that and if you put it next to even more modern games like BDO it starts to look very dated…


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