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Volcano area concept art by Ricky Ho.[1] [2]

We are a high fantasy game... That means that outside of the traditional sorts of environments you're going to start seeing some pretty crazy and wild stuff that will also change based on seasons.[3]Jeffrey Bard

Alpha-1 Oasis environment preview.[5]

This is a second one of two of the large water oasis areas that we incorporated into the tropics biome.[6]Michael Bacon

There are approximately 18 biomes (environments) in Ashes of Creation.[6]

We just wanted to represent just about every biome type under the sun really and just have enough diversity over the world that like when you went from area to area you know, you really just got a contrast of different biome types.[7]Michael Bacon

List of biomes

Klima

Einige Gebiete (Biome) haben ein beständiges Klima, andere ein wechselndes.[10]

  • Wetterbedingungen verändern sich mit den Jahreszeiten.[10][3]Jeffrey Bard
  • Es wird dynamisches Wetter geben, welches auch in der Intensität variiert.[11]
    • Zum Beispiel: Nieselregen zu/von Sturm, oder Schneesturm zu/von Schnee.

Jahreszeiten

Ashes of Creation Jahreszeiten – First Look (Pre-alpha).[12]

We want to really make the environment immersive and actually affect gameplay.[13]Steven Sharif

Jahreszeiten affect different zones (environments/biomes) based on their location in the world.[13]

Winter might have a spawner that activates on a road that spawns at large fallen tree and players who see that will have an opportunity to go up and exert some type of one-time action that helps in removing that tree and it might require you know X number of people to do that before the tree gets removed; and that you know as an example is not beneficial for the transit of goods because as you know caravans require- well they don't require but they move better on roads and if that tree were present let's say blocking you know a road that led to a bridge per-se that they would have to off-road.[13]Steven Sharif

Different seasons may affect access to various roads.[17][18][13]

  • Pathways that are open during summer may be closed during winter.[13]
  • Seasonal affects may cause obstacles or blockages to the transit of goods via caravan.[17][18][20]
  • Water turning to ice in winter, enabling players to walk over the water but blocking access to what is underneath.[13]
    • Ice will make roads bumpy and slippery.[21]

Jahreszeiten change on a weekly basis during scheduled downtime.[22]

  • Each month in real-life will effectively be a full seasonal rotation in the game.[22]
  • Environmental seasons are not to be confused with PvP seasons, which last for six months.[23]

In Ashes of Creation the world will change on a regular basis. Zones will progress in a seasonal cycle, which will alter the very nature of the environment around you. Snow may block pathways that are accessible in warmer months, spring may encourage creatures otherwise unseen to come to the surface, and fall might be the only time that certain crops thrive. This cycle can then take in the state of the world’s Nodes and shift depending on their progression.[20]

Tag-/Nacht-Zyklus

Es gibt einen Tag/Nacht-Zyklus in Ashes of Creation.[25]

  • Verschiedene Monster werden zu unterschiedlichen Zeiten spawnen.[26]
  • NPCs und Mobs können zu verschiedenen Tageszeiten wach sein.[25]
  • Verschiedene Strahlungseffekte (Leuchteffekte) können bei Nachtlebewesen stärker verbreitet sein.[25]

Fünfzehn Minuten können im Spiel eine Stunde sein.[27]

Dunkelheit

Pre-alpha Mage's detection utility skill casts light and reveals magical explosive hazards.[28]

Dunkelheit, als ein umweltbedingtes Hindernis, wird als ein Teil der Spielmechanik angesehen.[29]

Wie sehr wir das vertiefen, hängt davon ab, wie viel Spaß es tatsächlich macht; wir sind noch dabei, das herauszufinden. Sofern wir ein paar interessante Mechaniken finden, und es nicht frustrierender als spaßig ist, solltest du auf jeden Fall deine eigene Fackel mitbringen.

Artistic style

Ashes of Creation wird eine höhere grafische Treue haben als die meisten westlichen Spiele. Es wird nicht zu stilisiert oder "cartoonisiert" sein.[30]

We can push the limits a little bit on the graphical fidelity, especially using Unreal Engine 4... My desire was not to see very cartoony games. I'm not a big fan of highly stylized art.[30]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 environment

Map of Alpha-1 testing zone.[32][33] Image credit: Axiom: Angelcry

The Alpha One map including nodes, dungeons, quest givers, POI, teleporters, and camps will be explorable! Note that this is only a small portion of the world of Verra.[34]

Alpha-1 testing tropical zone featuring a war beast and a tribe of pigmy goblins.[35]

This is a rather large tropical area; and what we use some of the creatures for is kind of like establishing character for different parts of this tropical place. So that even though it's the same biome, it feels different when you are going from place to place based on what's there and how those things are interacting with the environment.[36]Jeffrey Bard

Alpha-1 testing takes place in a zone to the north west of the world map.[37] This zone has many islands and a mainland area.[38]

Elemente

There will be elements (such as Air, Fire, Water, Lightning) in Ashes of Creation each with their own resistances.[48][49][50]

  • Other elemental influences may include Darkness, Light and Planar.[50]
  • Elements may have more influence in certain seasons and climates. For example, frost abilities may be stronger in winter. This affects both PvE and PvP.[51][52]
  • There may be ley lines and strong magical places in the world that change or alter the way spells work.[53]

We've discussed a little bit about how the seasons and biomes will react with different types of skills. Like if you have a fireball and it's summer it might be a little bit different. If it's winter and you have a frost ability it might be different.[52]Steven Sharif

We want to get a nice spread of abilities that that are influenced by what's going on your zone.[52]Jeffrey Bard

Wahrzeichen

200 foot tall Pyrian statues in Alpha-1.[54]

Wahrzeichen are scattered throughout the world, allowing players to judge their position on the map.[54]

From a lore perspective these statues have been around for a long time; and they are representative of the civilizations that existed once on this world before.[54]Steven Sharif

Major visual landmarks. You can look all the way across the horizon have an idea where you're going or where to meet friends or where to meet just based on these huge landmarks in the world.[54]Mat Broome

Unterreich

Alpha-0 Unterreich environment.[55]

One of the aspects of the Lore behind the Tulnar was that in the pantheon of gods that exist- having foretold the future through the Goddess of Fate to the Goddess of Creation- these areas in the Underrealm were created in to allow for refuge for which the gods knew would be left behind that couldn't make it to Sanctus. So that was a pre-thought there in the creation of the Underrealm to facilitate that realm where refugees could seek.[56]Steven Sharif

Alpha-0 Underrealm Sharptooth cat mob concept art.[55]

We plan to have the Underrealm really pervasive throughout the game itself, a part of the open world. It will introduce some unique elements such as the type of monsters you see, the type of crops you can grow and houses you can have.[57]Steven Sharif

The Unterreich is a rich environment where bio-luminescence abounds in the fauna and flora that exist here. These deep caverns and underground valleys provide new destinations for civilization to develop. Bringing the node system into the depths of the world may awaken darker creatures than the surface.[58]

  • The Underrealm is estimated to be 100 km2 in area.[59]
    • The underrealm is not contiguous across the entire map. There will be areas that are obstructed by chasms or other features.[60]
    • The location of Underrealm entrances throughout the world is focused around natural geographic choke-points that exist above ground. This provides alternate subterranean routes that can be used by caravans, raids, and other player activities.[60]
    • Not all entrances to the Underrealm will be open at the same time. This can shift dynamically (based on node states) that cause different routes to open up, which may be more or less advantageous than other routes.[60]

The expansiveness of the Underrealm itself is quite large. It does persist across across a lot of the playable game area that's above ground. So there are alternatives in the Underrealm for passages and traversal throughout the world.[61]Steven Sharif

We've also talked about node states affecting what openings are open and what things are closed. So not all entrances to the Underrealm will be open at the same time. So that configuration can shift and different routes will open up and be more advantageous than other routes.[60]Jeffrey Bard

Umgebung

Alpha-0 Unterreich environment.[55]

Underrealm environments are vast.[62]

  • Karawanen should be able to operate as they do above ground.[62]
  • If there's insufficient room for Dragons, another mount type may be utilized.[62]
  • Burrowing mounts are being considered as an alternative to flying mounts in the Unterreich.[63]

One of the important aspects of color play is going to be the distinguishing factor between different Underrealms and the regions that exist in the world: Their color influences set them apart from different regions.[64]Steven Sharif

Jahreszeiten above ground will affect the Unterreich.[62]

  • This will not be a one-to-one correlation: for example, it won't snow in the Underrealm.
  • Tunnel flooding and other effects will be related to the weather above ground.

The seasons above ground will kind of inform what happens underneath. I mean, it's not going to be a direct one-to-one correlation right, not like it's going to be raining in the underworld, but you will see the effects from above happen down below: You might find tunnels being flooded.[62]Jeffrey Bard

Coastal and island nodes

Es wird Nodes entlang der Küste und auf Inseln geben.[66]

  • Diese Nodes werden wasserorientierte Einflüsse haben. Zudem stehen Fähigkeiten, Dienstleistungen, und Questlinien zur Verfügung, welche in Verbindung mit der See stehen.[66]
  • Küsten-Nodes verändern die Spawntabellen des umliegenden Wasser-Contents und können auch bestimmte Events auslösen.[67]
  • Häfen in Küsten-Nodes werden Questlinien haben, welche sich auf den Ozean und nahe gelegenen Inseln beziehen.[67]
  • Es könnte möglich sein, eine Küstenstadt über den Seeweg zu belagern.[68]

Inselketten sind ein Teil des Ashes of Creation See-Inhalts.[69][70]

Unterwasser

Der Zugang zu Unterwasser-Inhalten soll einfach sein.[72]

Unterwasser-Knotenpunkte

Unterwasser-Sehenswürdigkeiten mit NPC Strukturen können wie Städte aussehen, werden aber keine Knotenpunkte sein.[73]

  • Es wird keine Knotenpunkte unter Wasser, oder im Wasser geben.[66]

Foliage

House plants may be available as housing decor items.[76]

  • The developers have discussed potentially adding mechanics to potted plants that yield unique items if the plant is properly maintained.[76]

One of the big directives for the environment team- and I know Mia has been amazing in this regard- is each of the biomes really need to have a a fairly eclectic selection of plant life, of vegetation, of foliage. These help to create the atmosphere that you are really immersed in this different climate zone and that that's obviously something that we as players enjoy when we get to see a significant diversity of plant life, because it does lend itself to the immersive nature of the world.[77]Steven Sharif

Zerstörbare Umgebung

Zerstörbare Burg.[78]

This is the castle siege destruction props. It's variable areas of exploded stuff. You can't completely destroy the castle or you wouldn't be able to get to the top of it.[78]Michael Bacon

Zerstörbare Umgebung wird ein Kernelement dessen sein, wie Spieler mit der Welt interagieren werden. Sowohl in Ashes of Creation Apocalypse als auch in dem Ashes of Creation MMORPG.[81]

We want destruction to be a very core element of how players make their way through the world.[81]Steven Sharif

  • Möglicherweise schaffen es Angreifer nicht eine Node während ihrer Belagerung zu zerstören. Stattdessen führen sie vielleicht gezielte Angriffe durch, um spezielle Service-Gebäude in der Node außer Betrieb zu setzen. Diese Gebäude können mit Belagerungswaffen und Bomben angegriffen werden.[82]
  • Node-Gebäude (inklusive Player Housing) haben Lebenspunkte und können während Belagerungen beschädigt werden. Wenn Gebäude mehr als ungefähr 25% Schaden nehmen, sind jegliche NPCs oder Services von diesem Gebäude nicht verfügbar, bis dieser Schaden repariert wurde.[83]
  • Wenn die Node eine Belagerung überstehen sollte, müssen die Einwohner die nötigen Ressourcen beschaffen um beschädigte Infrastruktur wieder aufzubauen und zu reparieren.[83][84]
    • Große und weiter fortgeschrittene Gebäufe benätigen mehr Ressourcen um diese zu reparieren. In-Node Housing wird vermutlich die geringste Menge an Ressourcen für die Reparatur benötigen.[85]
  • Spielerbehausungen, die während einer Belagerung zerstört wurden, können nicht mehr verkauft werden.[86]

You could be more precision oriented in the decision to attack a city. Let's say it's a rival node that's trying to reach you know a node stage five or something and you want to disable their ability for the religious system to progress so you target the temple during the attack, or you want to disable their scholars academy from reaching a higher level so that your nodes can; or you want to disable multiple buildings that allow for experience and quests to be undertaken by its citizenship, which prevents them from keeping up in pace of experience gained with your node. These can be more precision oriented and don't have to effectualize an actual takeover of the node.[82]Steven Sharif

Kunstwerke

Videos

Siehe auch

Einzelnachweise

  1. Liveübertragung, 2021-09-24 (1:08:43).
  2. steven-volcano-guy-quote.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 Liveübertragung, 2017-06-01 (29:33).
  4. verran-environments.png
  5. Liveübertragung, 2021-06-25 (55:39).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Liveübertragung, 2021-01-29 (21:55).
  7. Liveübertragung, 2021-06-25 (53:15).
  8. Liveübertragung, 2021-05-28 (1:40:47).
  9. Video, 2017-05-30 (0:01).
  10. 10.0 10.1 Liveübertragung, 2017-07-18 (36:47).
  11. Liveübertragung, 2017-07-28 (41:25).
  12. Video, 2017-01-22 (0:02).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 Liveübertragung, 2017-05-08 (20:27).
  14. Ashes of Creation Instagram. May 1, 2020.
  15. Ashes of Creation Facebook. March 19, 2020.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Liveübertragung, 2018-09-27 (41:33).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Podcast, 2021-04-11 (23:36).
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Liveübertragung, 2020-06-26 (1:29:06).
  19. Liveübertragung, 2019-07-26 (1:32:40).
  20. 20.0 20.1 Our immersive world - Environments.
  21. frosty-roads.png
  22. 22.0 22.1 seasons.png
  23. Interview, 2020-07-18 (16:34).
  24. Ashes of Creation - Screenshots.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Liveübertragung, 2017-05-12 (57:41).
  26. day cycle.jpg
  27. time.jpg
  28. Video, 2017-02-07 (0:02s).
  29. Interview: Ashes of Creation on Building Their Virtual World, 13 April 2017.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Interview, 20. Oktober 2018 (2:17:43).
  31. Interview, 20. Oktober 2018 (2:28:08).
  32. Alpha-1 screenshot.
  33. toast-a1map.png
  34. Guide to Alpha One.
  35. 35.0 35.1 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-30 (12:09).
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-30 (22:43).
  37. 37.0 37.1 Liveübertragung, 2020-11-30 (9:51).
  38. 38.0 38.1 alpha-1-map-size.png
  39. Liveübertragung, 2021-03-26 (16:05).
  40. steven-a1-map.png
  41. Interview, 2020-07-19 (1:21:49).
  42. Podcast, 2021-04-11 (53:01).
  43. Liveübertragung, 2020-11-30 (25:45).
  44. steven-pi-not-alpha-island.png
  45. Liveübertragung, 2021-01-29 (26:38).
  46. Liveübertragung, 2017-10-16 (12:08).
  47. Liveübertragung, 2020-11-30 (24:51).
  48. 48.0 48.1 Interview, 2020-07-18 (1:05:04).
  49. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-24 (27:47).
  50. 50.0 50.1 Liveübertragung, 8 April 2018 (PM) (26:19).
  51. Liveübertragung, 2020-09-30 (1:04:56).
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 Liveübertragung, 2017-06-01 (20:23).
  53. Liveübertragung, 2020-06-26 (1:32:16).
  54. 54.0 54.1 54.2 54.3 Liveübertragung, 2018-08-17 (10:01).
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 Ashes of Creation - The visuals.
  56. Interview, 2018-10-31 (6:00).
  57. A chat with Ashes of Creation's Steven Sharif, 7 June 2017.
  58. Kickstarter $1,750,000 Stretch Goal Unlocked, 13 May 2017.
  59. Interview, 2018-08-17 (10:43).
  60. 60.0 60.1 60.2 60.3 Liveübertragung, 2020-10-30 (1:19:13).
  61. Interview, 2018-10-31 (5:43).
  62. 62.0 62.1 62.2 62.3 62.4 Liveübertragung, 2017-06-01 (24:30).
  63. Interview, 2018-08-17 (8:57).
  64. Liveübertragung, 2018-01-18 (14:00).
  65. Liveübertragung, 2018-08-17 (58:53).
  66. 66.0 66.1 66.2 Liveübertragung, 8 April 2018 (PM) (1:01:28).
  67. 67.0 67.1 Interview, 2020-07-19 (48:05).
  68. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-19 (37:51).
  69. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-17 (30:53).
  70. Kickstarter - We Just Broke $1,500,000!
  71. 71.0 71.1 Liveübertragung, 2020-07-31 (1:42:41).
  72. Liveübertragung, 2017-05-19 (38:46).
  73. Liveübertragung, 8 April 2018 (AM) (18:29).
  74. Liveübertragung, 2020-07-31 (1:39:00).
  75. Liveübertragung, 2021-01-29 (56:58).
  76. 76.0 76.1 Liveübertragung, 2020-10-30 (44:22).
  77. Liveübertragung, 2020-10-30 (43:01).
  78. 78.0 78.1 Liveübertragung, 2019-10-31 (36:20).
  79. Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Early Access.
  80. Video, 2019-09-24 (0:10).
  81. 81.0 81.1 Liveübertragung, 2019-06-28 (31:15).
  82. 82.0 82.1 Liveübertragung, 2019-11-22 (16:56).
  83. 83.0 83.1 Interview, 2020-07-08 (57:46).
  84. Liveübertragung, 2019-11-22 (17:59).
  85. Interview, 2020-07-08 (59:38).
  86. 86.0 86.1 Liveübertragung, 2020-06-26 (1:02:12).
  87. Liveübertragung, 2017-07-18 (40:14).
  88. Liveübertragung, 2017-11-17 (47:10).