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We like to really refer to ourselves as a PvX game, because in those systems of PvP, PvE, crafting they're all intertwined: They're interdependent on each other... Our system of development really requires some interdependence there between those things. You're going to need a crafter to give you the best items. You're going to need PvPers to secure cities and castles. You're gonna need PvErs to take down those world bosses for those materials to craft.[1]Steven Sharif

Ashes is a comprehensive game. It is not a PvP focused or a PvE focused, it is a comprehensive PvX game and as a result these systems are all interconnected and have to coexist with one another with certain types of mechanisms that can provide that give and take, that push and shove.[2]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation ist ein PvX Spiel. Die Spieler werden dabei sowohl auf PvP- als auch auf PvE-Elemente treffen.[3][4] Es ist unwahrscheinlich, dass sich ein Spieler ausschließlich auf das reine PvP oder das reine PvE konzentrieren könnte.[4]

We're very clear with our objective and philosophy on the game and we understand that they may not appeal to everybody. But you know it is an important reciprocal relationship between the content that's related to PvE and the content that's related to PvP and they feed off of each other. They're catalysts for change: Their progression, their development. It's things that people can value when they see something earned and they see something lost. That elicits an emotional response from the player: That they've invested time in to either succeed or fail; and PvP allows for that element to be introduced into gameplay. And we're very clear that is our objective: That risk versus reward relationship, that achievement-based mentality. Not everybody's going to be a winner and that's okay.[7]Steven Sharif


Alpha-1 open world caravan PvP.[9]

Player combat in Ashes of Creation is both vast and intimate. It spans many aspects of the game itself. From great political battles held on the fields of massive castles, to open world conflicts fought for the pride of Guild Leaders. A player can choose to participate in the fate of the world by swaying the tide of battle with his or her combat prowess. Our PvP mechanics follow a flagging system, as well as static PvP zones at certain points of interest; fight for control over cities, castles, caravans, or hunting grounds. Our PvP is designed to offer the players a well-balanced and fair world to shape through the pen, or sword should they choose.[10]

PvP (Player versus player combat) is the catalyst for change in Ashes of Creation.[11] Player combat is intended to be meaningful, ranging from Caravan battles to vast open world conflicts fought for the pride of Kings and Queens.[12]

Because players are motivated by different things, because they want something from the game that other players don't want, that's going to cause people to butt heads. Different players are going to want different experiences and the conflict between the two of them will create a bigger and better thing. Out of strife comes rebirth and that's a core symbol, it's a core theme that occurs throughout the game.[13]Jeffrey Bard

There are many reasons to engage in open world PvP in Ashes of Creation.[14]

Just because our flagging system gives corruption to pkers, doesn't mean PvP won't happen. There is plenty of reason for PvP to occur open-world. Scarce resources, open world hunting grounds, caravans, sieges, guild wars etc.[14]Steven Sharif

Death penalties do not apply to objective-based events (such as caravans, guild wars, and node sieges).[15]


Karawanen erzeugen eine offene PvP-Zone, welche Spieler für den Kampf markiert (lila).[17]

  • Durch eine Benutzeroberfläche können Spieler auswählen, ob sie die Karawane angreifen, verteidigen oder ignorieren möchten.[18][19]
  • Um eine Karawane erfolgreich anzugreifen, wird eine Gruppe benötigt.[20][21]
  • Die Karawane bleibt für einen Zeitraum von 5 bis 10 Minuten in der Welt, sollte sich ihr Besitzer abmelden oder die Verbindung zum Server trennen.[22]


Castle sieges

Alpha-1 castle siege gameplay.[8]

Castle Sieges are intended to be massive events with hundreds of people involved in a single Siege. One of the reasons that Ashes of Creation Apocalypse exists is so we can address the challenges in ramping up the number of bodies that we can handle simultaneously. With our latest test hitting over 200 simultaneous players, we’re ready to push that number even further. Our goal is to have the largest organized PVP battles of any MMORPG.[23]

Gilden participate in Castle sieges in an effort to capture and occupy one of the five guild castles in Ashes of Creation.[24]

Each week leading up to the siege week... is a week that's dedicated to one of the three castle dedicated nodes. So around the castle there are three nodes. They represent week, one, two, and three; and then the fourth week is the siege against the castle. Those can only be elevated up to stage three. We've discussed this in the past and there's definitely information out there on the community ran wiki.[32]Steven Sharif

A guild that captures a castle will own that castle for a month before it is sieged again.[32][33]

  • In the first three weeks that a guild occupies a castle they will need to level up each of their castle nodes to Dorf stage through questing.[32][33]
    • Each of the three castle nodes have a siege against it at the end of each of these three weeks.[33][34]
  • The fourth week is declaration week, where other guilds have the opportunity to lay down their declaration flag or to sign up as a defender of the castle.[32][33]
  • Depending on how well the guild defends their castle nodes results in better defenses for the castle.[33][34]
  • Different siege weaponry will grant the attackers the ability to destroy walls, doors and sections of the castle in order to gain access to the inner keep area.[35]
  • When castles change hands (following a siege), some taxes stay with the castle and some stay with the guild.[36]

There will be benefits to attracting people... even if they're not in your guild or alliance – kind of a feudal like system, where you can attract other players who are just independent of this whole politic. They will have things to do there - benefits to receive - and there will be a reciprocal relationship between who you can attract, what they do for you; and how that benefits you and them.[33]Steven Sharif


Alpha-1 castle sieges

Trebuchets in the Alpha-1 preview castle siege attackers headquarter camp.[38]

Alpha-1 castle sieges are based on Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges.[40][31]

  • Players will be able to join guilds. These guilds can register for the siege events.[38]
  • Castle siege events will be 100v100 battles that occur daily and will last for three hours.[38]
  • Attackers will start on the opposite end of the map (from the defenders).[38]
  • Attackers will be able to use trebuchets to drive to and assault the castle.[38]
    • Trebuchets have a single primary fire that does a small amount of damage to players and heavy damage to buildings.[38]
    • Trebuchets will be fully physical when they are being driven.[38]
  • When the attackers have breached the castle they will be able to channel a cast on the relic in the throne room to try to capture the castle from the defenders.[38]
  • The victors of castle sieges will receive benefits, such as cloaks, flying mounts for guild leaders and potentially also for guild officers.[38]
  • Alpha-1 castle sieges are in a separate zone that is accessible via a NPC teleporter.[29][30][28]
    Currently the siege zone is actually in the open world, but separated by mountains and off in the sea a bit. There is actually no instancing in A1, although the siege zone will only be accessible in A1 through a registration NPC teleporter.[29]Steven Sharif
  • The opposing team is notified when these raid bosses are being attacked.[40]
  • Teams who get the last hit on these bosses will receive buffs that will help them in the siege battle.[40]

Last year, I spoke of attempting to incorporate sieges into the Alpha One experience. This has obviously been a goal of mine because it provides considerable data and a consistent event within the world that players can participate in to help stress test the deployment. Well, I am happy to say that it is appearing more and more likely by the day! Initial implementation of the Apocalypse siege code has been migrated into the Alpha One client, and we should begin internal testing next month. I will caveat this expectation with the fact that we are cutting it a bit close from an internal QA standpoint, but I have some confidence that the system will be online and capable of inclusion for the Alpha One test in the month of June. The siege component will obviously not be representative of what the siege system will be at launch, or even in Alpha Two.[31]Steven Sharif



Knotenpunkt-Belagerungen ermöglichen es Spielern, einen Knotenpunkt zurück zu setzen, seine Knotenpunkt-Entwicklung umzukehren und ihn letztendlich vollständig zu zerstören. Dies ebnet den Weg für die Neuentwicklung und den Zugriff auf die gesperrten Inhalte in den umliegenden Knotenpunkten. Aufgrund dieser Dynamik spielen politische Konflikte und Intrigen eine wichtige Rolle in der Struktur der Welt.[43]

Belagerte Knotenpunkte werden für die Angreifer keine leichte Herausforderung darstellen. Städte und Metropolen werden einen erheblichen Abwehrvorteil haben. [43] Automatische PvE Belagerungen können gegen Knoten eingeleitet werden, die aber nicht kontinuierlich aktiv sind. [44]

If you own a home in a node and you don't want to see that home destroyed, you need to defend that city![13]Steven Sharif



Gildenkrieg-Eigenschaften werden momentan noch designt. Das generelle Ziel von Gildenkriegen ist es, Zielorientiert zu sein, mit massiven Risiken für beide Parteien.[45]

I can't really define exactly what those features are yet because that design stage is still up in the air from a discussion standpoint. There's a lot of different ideas that relates to how those two can come into play, but I will say that in every MMO I've ever played guild wars are very binary. They're very like 'Okay you've declared, you have a number of kills to deaths and the guild war's over, thank you...' My objective to kind of change that dynamic is to include greater risk for the sides to initiate the war and also to make it more objective-based than just a binary kill death ratio; and the fortresses and guild halls come into that type of facilitating that change.[45]Steven Sharif

Ziele tauchen in der Welt auf, basierend auf der Stufe des Gildenkriegs, dem Vermögen der Gilden, und ob es sich um eine Gildenhalle oder eine Gildenfestung handelt.[45] Es gibt grundlegende Ziele, und darauf aufbauend weitere Ziele, die dadurch bestimmt werden, welche Aktivitäten die Gilde ausgeführt hat.[46]

  • Zum Beispiel: Wurde eine Gilde vor kurzem Inhaber einer Gildenhalle auf einer Eigenheimparzelle, könnte ein mögliches Ziel das Erlangen eines speziellen Gegenstandes in oder um der Gildenhalle, welcher nur für die angreifende Gilde sichtbar ist, sein.Dieses Ziel zu erreichen braucht Zeit.[46]
  • Es könnte aber auch ein Ziel sein, einen Gegenstand einer Gilde zu stehlen, den sie in einem Schlachtzug gefunden hat.[46]
  • Es können auch Kopfgelder auf verschiedene Gildenmitglieder ausgesetzt sein. Das Ziel hat dabei erhöhte Schadensreduktion und Lebenspunkte, und kann nach Hilfe rufen.[46]

If you have a guild hall and a certain type of guild war is declared that is maybe a higher stakes kind of war, some of those objectives will be centralized either at your guild hall, at the opponent's guild hall; could be a progression step towards the guild hall. It might be a specific a period of time that accumulates into into a central battle at the guild hall for an objective.[45]Steven Sharif


Hunting grounds

Hunting grounds are open-world PvP corruption-enabled areas that encompass most of the map.[47]

One of the interesting components of Ashes of Creation and our flagging system is that it presents the potential for two conflicting parties to have open conflict in the open world over pretty much anything that they may want or disagree with; and if that pertains to a hunting ground, not just the caravan or the castles or the nodes or whatever, it can exist in that area.[50]Steven Sharif

Outside of PvP for certain things like caravans, sieges of nodes and/or castles is that you're going to have those open-world hunting ground fights that may occur. You're going to have resources fights that may occur. You're going to have political fights that may occur between members of guilds; and we're taking the guild politics to a whole new direction in regards to playing those conflicts out.[49]Steven Sharif

Our PvP mechanics follow a flagging system, as well as static PvP zones at certain points of interest; fight for control over cities, castles, caravans, or hunting grounds. Our PvP is designed to offer the players a well-balanced and fair world to shape through the pen, or sword should they choose.[51]


Naval PvP

Operators of a ship's weapons platform can initiate naval PvP against another ship in the following three cases.[52]


Arenen sind instanzierte PvP-Szenarien und somit kein Teil des Open World PvPs.[54]



Pre-alpha PAX East 2018 PvE Developer playthrough, 4 April 2018.[62]

The environment in Ashes of Creation is a visually stunning realm, with fantastical beasts and creations designed to both inspire awe and instill fear. The world is harsh and unforgiving, presenting a clear and present danger to the players. Dungeons, demons and dragons, oh MY! Our unique and adaptive AI means that an encounter with similar creatures will yield a completely different experience to adapt to as a player. Keeping you on your toes for constantly changing responses from your adversary. The world awaits its heroes.[10]

The Node system facilitates the generation of new PvE content such as Abenteuer, Dungeons, Schlachtzüge and Monstermünzen.[12]

There is going to be a lot of PvE content for all portions of the playerbase... Part of that risk versus reward: Your risk is your time you're putting in to having a chance at getting the reward and successfully completing; and that should feel good based on how much time you devote. Now I know that there's a spectrum of casual and hard-core players in the time there, what we can do, but that's why we have many different content paths that play towards how you affect the world around you.[63]Steven Sharif

PvE content adapts to the development of the world to avoid repetition.[64]

Whenever you have a player versus environment setting you don't want a stagnant kind of overly repetitive because its lackluster. It does not have that a component that engages.[64]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 PvE content

PvE content in Alpha-1:

There's over 200 quests in the game right now. There's a bunch of dungeons. We've retooled all of the boss fights. Those dragons that you see in the siege are also in the world- part of the open-world too. There will be a slightly different- there are some extra mechanics in the siege versions versus the ones that are in the world, but there's plenty of cool things to get on both of them, so make sure you check them out and hunt them down.[30]Jeffrey Bard


Alpha-1 early quest user interface.[70]

Questing in our world combines the best elements of traditional MMO’s as well as the introduction of our unique player driven experiences. Ashes of Creation offers area quests, public quests, and quest chains that change dynamically and in real time based on the player’s experiences and choices. Players will have the ability to directly alter world events and change the landscape through their actions, as an individual and as a community. Server quests will allow political rivals to compete for the fate of the world.[10]

Abenteuer in Ashes of Creation are divided into three categories: Events, Aufträge and Erzählende Abenteuer.[71][72][73]

We’re going to be breaking up what is traditionally called ‘questing’ into three different categories: Narratives, Events, and Tasks. We want to avoid going down the path of trying to force narrative into gameplay where it doesn’t really fit (ie: filler stuff that doesn’t really relate to what’s happening in the world).[73]

Questing will be placeholder until Alpha-2.[65][66]



Dungeons in Ashes of Creation will range in size and will be mostly open-world.[78][79]

There are going to be smaller, simpler, linear dungeons. There's going to be bigger, more complex, nonlinear dungeons. So, It's a little bit of both. We want the environment to be a character. In order for the environment to be a character, these places need to be interesting and there needs to be a dynamicism to them.[78]Jeffrey Bard

Half the problem won't just be solving the dungeon, it will be solving other players too.[80]Jeffrey Bard

Dungeon difficulty will increase the further a player ventures into the dungeon.[83]

  • Mobs and mob mechanics will become more difficult.[83]
  • Terrain and environmental dangers will increase.[83]

Deeper darker types of interactions will be found deeper in the dungeon.[83]Steven Sharif

There are approximately 6 or 7 dungeons in Alpha-1.[69]



Schlachtzüge will either be based on triggered events or more traditional systems. Traditional world bosses will change based on node development.[86]

We want things to be more fluid and one of the ways that we make them more fluid is through our triggered event system. That is one of the methods by which we make these more spontaneous. We make them more accessible to a wider audience. You can be just in the city and not normally be a part of a raid team, but now get to participate in this organic event that's kind of popped up around the city and if you are not participating then buildings are gonna get destroyed and NPCs are going to die... It's not just how fast can we do it, how will we get it done in its schedule, but oh my god this thing popped up if we don't kill it we're not going to access to our stables this week and we can't get our animal husbandry certificates... It's that risk versus reward that gives you a sense of adrenaline.[87]Steven Sharif

There is one true 40 person raid boss and an almost raid-level dungeon in Alpha-1.[69]



There will be ancillary effects that happen as a result of downing certain world bosses.[89]

When a server downs a legendary boss, I want it to cost time, resources, dedication; and when you do that I want everyone to benefit from it.[90]Steven Sharif


Gameplay Videos

Gameplay screenshots

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