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Neue Points of Interest (wie z.B. Dungeon und World Bosse) spawnen, wenn sich Nodes entwicklen.[1] Dieser Content passt sich an die Entwicklung der Zone an, in der er sich befindet.[2]

  • Die Population wird sich verändern.[2]
  • Die Schwierigkeit des Contents wird sich ändern.[2]
  • Der Content ändert sich vielleicht Grundlegend, abhängig davon, was sich wie entwickelt.[2]
  • Verschiedene Arten von Antagonisten mit verschiedenen Storylines.[2]
  • Manche Dungeons werden nur freigeschaltet, wenn sich Nodes zu einer bestimmten Stufe entwickeln.[3]
  • Die Ziele einer Storyline innerhalb von Dungeons hängen davon ab, welche Story Arcs durch das Node System gewählt wurden.[3]
  • Drop Tables in Gebieten und Dungeons werden in die Fortschritt von bestimmten Gebieten eingebunden sein.[3]

Certain dungeons and other points of interest across the map will all be affected by the server’s node development. Some dungeons will only be unlocked if nodes are developed to certain stages. The storyline objectives for players inside dungeons will also be dependent on the story arc paths chosen through the node system. The drop tables in area and dungeons will also be tied into the progression of certain areas. For example, let’s say that the humans have developed a node in Region A, and a storyline has opened up that leads players to inspect the ruins (dungeon) of a nearby area. And let’s say that this node was developed in a scientific (crafting) zone… Well before the node developed, this dungeon was accessible… But now the dungeon has propagated new monster assets that include a drop table catering to a crafting emphasis because of the development of that scientific node. And perhaps, a new boss appears in different rooms of the dungeon that includes different adventure quest starts, like a mysterious item with a storyline that can only be progressed if a node develops to the metropolis stage in a certain region, across the world. Our system is so vast, when it comes to interconnectivity and how the world reacts to the players.[3]

List of notable points of interest

info-orange.pngDieser Abschnitt enthält Informationen aus Alpha-1-Tests. Sie wird aktualisiert, sobald neue Informationen verfügbar sind.


Updated Ashes of Creation map.[4][5]

The new world map in all its 1,200 square kilometer glory. So you're gonna see some names here- a little bit of a reveal of some of these locations in these areas- and you're also of course seeing similar biomes that are present as well. But more importantly what you are seeing is the orientation of these continents and these islands that are facilitating specific types of inter-continental trade gameplay; and they support the relevance of these caravans moving across the land mass to locations that will now incorporate these harbor areas, which aren't identified on the map here... But the important part was providing a lot of coastal naval gameplay between these zones and trade routes between land base.[5]Steven Sharif

The original Ashes map from my pathfinder world of Ashes made 10 years ago. Obviously some adjustments had to be made for the mmorpg. But the main two continents and their points of interest have a lot of the same.[6]Steven Sharif

The world of Verra features an in-game viewable world map. This map is not randomly generated, and begins covered in a fog of war.[7] Players will not be able to see the world until they have explored it or gathered information about it. The world is also full of imperfect information, which will require the player to act on it for verification.[8]

For example, you may hear a rumor in a tavern that tells you the location of a cave full of weak Kobolds, but this was not accurate as the rumor was started by well-equipped bandits in order to waylay overconfident adventurers.[8]

When information is gathered, or the player has successfully explored an area, points of interest are marked on the map.[3]

  • These points of interest are determined by Node-Entwicklung; and not every server will share the same map, as player decisions will vary server to server.[3]
  • The map UI will potentially incorporate player created location markers that are visible by other party members.[9]

In addition to node progression being a factor on map generation, zones in Ashes of Creation will cater to all levels.[10]

The map will have geographical choke points caused by non-traversable obstacles (such as Mountains).[11][12][13]

Even though we're an open-world that doesn't mean that from a design perspective, especially with the way our economic systems work, that we will want to create Geographic choke points.[12]Steven Sharif


Verran map scroll.[14]

Verra was created to house four separate... divine races and they're called divine races because the remaining seven gods imbued their characteristics within each of these different races. They didn't put all of them into one and make the same mistake. They had focuses really that these races took essentially.[15]Steven Sharif

The name of the Ashes of Creation world is Verra.[16]

Verran continents and locations:

Verran oceans:

  • The Fortunic Ocean.[14]
  • The Umbral Sea.[14]
  • Tradewind Sea.[14]
  • The Avaric Ocean.[14]


Alpha-1 early preview starting area.[18]

There is no railroaded driven theme park experience here. You will have the opportunity to create your own destiny in that regard, which means you don't have to necessarily follow the quest line nor do you have to participate in events or experiences around the starting area. Now it may be more beneficial to do that; and in that regard I guess there could be a meta around doing that, but you could branch out proceed to other areas and do different content.[19]Steven Sharif

Startgebiete (starting zones) are located in the ruined cities of the four ancient races of Verra.[20]

  • Starting areas include expeditionary NPC settlements that serve as initial quest origination points.[21] Überlieferungen-wise, these settlements represent scouts that were sent ahead of the main expedition back to Verra.[27]
    • These settlements are designed to acclimatize new players entering the world.[27]
    • While it may be advantageous to do so, there is no requirement for players to play through any specific starter zone content.[19]

A problem that a lot of MMOs have is that those starting areas become just kind of vacant of players and it's so sad because the greatest aspect of an MMO is that community that you get to experience, so one of the great things about the node system is that it really works from new player acquisition standpoint, where these nodes tend to develop larger near the starting location areas around the world; and it brings these players back to those locations if they're citizens and want services within those cities. So, as new players enter the world they're going to actually be surrounded most likely by more population because people are coming back to those larger nodes.[28]Steven Sharif

Alpha-1 starting area

Alpha-1 alpha island starting area.[29]

There's been some significant lighting changes here in this area. There's been some work on the foliage, on the trees that are available, toned down some of the ruins, rearranged some of the tents and it's starting to look pretty good.[29]Steven Sharif

The Alpha-1 starting area is set in the ruins of a Pyrian divine gateway to the south of alpha island.[30]

Alpha-2 starting area

You'll be seeing more as we get closer to Alpha Two but this will give you a little bit of insight to the capital city of the Aelan empire prior to the Exodus. This is one of the starting areas that players enter into. This will be this one of the starting areas in alpha 2.[31]Steven Sharif


Alpha-1 early preview roading.[33]

Our road system in-game is essentially driven by pre-placed routes that lead to this main artery of what was once the ancient highway system of Verra; and from there there are roads that become exposed when nodes advance; and we call those veins. They come off the main artery and then as nodes advance there are points of interest as Jeff was discussing earlier. These POIs that exist around the world and some of them share coverage with multiple nodes, but depending on which node advances to the stage that activates the point of interest it'll create these capillary roads so to speak that then stem off of the node itself. So you go from the main artery ancient road that's large- that kind of runs through different zones and whatnot- and that breaks down into the veins that lead to the specific encampments and villages and towns that then spawn off separate capillaries that lead to the points of interest in these areas that are hunting grounds. Those are not exposed initially and they come online as players advance the world.[34]Steven Sharif

Roads adjusting to adjacent node progression.[35]

As nodes advance, these pre-laid road spots that exist connecting every possible route between certain node structures is going to adjust and adapt, both its material presentation, the type of roadwork that's present: It'll move from dirt road type, to perhaps a brick road, to perhaps some super ornate beautiful metropolis style road that will adjust around the world according to how these node structures begin to populate and advance.{[35]Steven Sharif

Roads in Verra are both pre-generated and player influenced.[34]

  • The largest roads are referred to as arteries. These are remnants of what was once the ancient highway system of Verra.[34]
  • As nodes advance smaller roads, referred to as veins, connect the arteries to the nodes.[34]
    • Roads will upgrade as nodes advance. Different roads will dictate the speed and type of caravan required (off road vs on road).[36]
  • Depending on the stages of node advancement, capillary roads will stem off the node to connect to points of interest.[34]
  • Roads or pathways are not worn into the landscape by repeated traffic over the same area.[34]

Different seasons and events may affect access to various roads.[37][38][39][40]

  • Pathways that are open during summer may be closed during winter.[37][40]
  • Seasonal affects may cause obstacles or blockages to the transit of goods via caravan.[37][38][39][41]
    • Some events may cause specific roadways to be blocked off.[38]
    • Obstacles may present barriers on roads that players must remove to allow transit of goods.[37][40]
  • Water turning to ice in winter, enabling players to walk over the water but blocking access to what is underneath.[40]
    • Ice will make roads bumpy and slippery.[42]

Unterreich routes will open or close dynamically (based on node states).[13]

  • 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.[11][13]
  • 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.[13]

Grundbesitz may not be placed in close proximity to roads.[43]

Dungeon locations

Dungeon and other points of interest are located throughout the map in-between the 103 node locations.[44]

List of notable dungeons

info-orange.pngDieser Abschnitt enthält Informationen aus Alpha-1-Tests. Sie wird aktualisiert, sobald neue Informationen verfügbar sind.


200 foot tall Pyrian statues in Alpha-1.[45]

Wahrzeichen are scattered throughout the world, allowing players to judge their position on the map.[45]

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.[45]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.[45]Mat Broome

Notable landmarks

Corrupted areas

Work-in-progress Alpha-1 preview corrupted area on Alpha island by Mia DelCasino.[46]

How the world kind of reacts and changes to the nodes, you see these intrusions of corruption beginning to pervert and infest the lands; and these are obviously going to be sources by which NPC events are driven based on player progression within the world. And these sources of evil need to be addressed by the players, or else they'll grow out of hand.[47]Steven Sharif

All of our POIs and kind of just the world in general can react to the node- we don't have to but we can- and this is one of those places where as civilization grows this will grow kind of in contest with it.[46]Jeffrey Bard

Corrupted areas (zones/points of interest) can dynamically evolve with the progression of nodes.[47][46]

  • Harbingers that exist on Verra as dungeons are where The Ancients are capable of pushing into the material plane. They can continue to do so under the guise of the effects of corruption as it spreads.[48]
  • These are sources of NPC events that players need to address before they grow out of hand.[49][47]
    • Players need to participate in these events to stop the spread of corruption and hold back the intrusion on the material plane.[48]
    • If players fail to address these corrupted areas, the frequency of NPC events against their node will increase. These can lead to node buildings and services being disabled, increasing the node's vulnerability to node sieges.[50]
    It can be a very detrimental thing if corruption is not addressed; and that's the intent of corruption, is to present a challenge to the players that if not addressed it becomes exacerbated and a problem over time.[50]Steven Sharif
  • Corrupted areas do not confer corruption onto a player.[51]

There are certain things that can happen, such as the spawning of dragons or hordes of zombies that are going to come out and attack those installations, those nodes, those points of interest; and... communities that don't respond to those in an effective way might see the disabling of certain services, the reduction of certain quest lines for particular organizations. The idea is to keep this as part of a believable living response from world, so those can get pretty significant the bad effects that can happen for the community.[49]Steven Sharif


Unterwasser-Sehenswürdigkeiten mit NPC Strukturen können wie Städte aussehen, werden aber keine Knotenpunkte sein.[52]

  • Es wird keine Knotenpunkte unter Wasser, oder im Wasser geben.[53]

Economic regions

We want our players to have a reason to explore the wilderness, to travel with purpose, and much of that will be driven by our resource system. Transporting these goods might just be more difficult than gathering them. Our regional market system allows players to participate in creating pocket economies that will reinforce the stability of goods in particular regions. Players will be able to move resources and set up shop in other areas to take advantage of the varied markets. With resources spawning dynamically, certain regions will naturally become important trading hubs for the transportation of goods throughout the world.[54]

Economic regions are static areas defined by geographic points of interest.[55][56]

  • Castle regions are larger and encompass multiple economic regions.[55]
  • Nodes are the glue that hold castle and economic regions together in potential synergy or chaos.[57]
    • Node ZOIs are fluid and change their area based on the progression of the node and its neighbors.[55]
  • Castle regions, Economic regions, and Node ZOI (Zones of Influence) can overlap.[58]

The whole map would be under the influence of 1 of 5 castle regions. However, castle regions aren't the only TYPE of region - there are also economic regions, among other things.[56]Sarah Flanagan

Castle regions


Gildenschlösser influence a castle region around them.[59]

Zonen und Entwicklung

Dungeon, Schlachtzüge, Weltbosse, Mobs, Aufträge, Events, Ressourcen, Narratives and other content within a node's ZOI will have a diverse level range; but will scale with the advancement of that node and its racial influence.[65][10][66]

  • Portions of the spawn tables (for mobs and resources) are static and other portions are dynamic and adapt to node development.[67]
We don’t have a strictly level 25 zone. Instead, that zone might have some level 10 creatures near the road, some level 20 creatures deep in the forest, and some level 30 creatures up the mountain. These ratios will change based on the Nodes that inform them, becoming generally more dangerous as the Node grows. All this civilization attracts the attention of Things-That-Should-Not-Be. This does not mean that wilderness areas are safe, by any means. Some may be safe-er, but all will have dangers that even the most experienced traveler needs to watch out for.[68]Steven Sharif

Event levels

The level of a particular event can be based on the level of the content that triggers it, or it can be set to a higher level in order to drive traffic back to lower level zones.[69]

For example, if the event takes place in a zone that has a base population of let's say average level 25, then one of the trigger conditions might be that 10 monsters of level 25 have been killed recently in that zone and the level 25 event will now spawn additional content designed for level 25 players. So these events aren't always going to be end-game they're going to be obviously appropriate based on the content in which the predicate system is informing, but they also could be something completely top level that is introduced at a lower-level area and brings population traffic of the players back to those types of things.[69]Steven Sharif

Node simulation

Simulation of node interactions.[70]

This representation does show 111 nodes as part of this particular simulation. I'm not sure what the tick frequency is on this video. It might be something on the magnitude of like every second is probably 12 to 24 hours. So over time you start seeing these larger node systems building up to eventually where you might see Cities and Metropolises after some period of time; and what this allows the design team to do from a tools perspective, as they simulate this idea of how the world is going to progress, is it gives an opportunity to kind of see strange happenings or something that we couldn't necessarily predict but was a possible outcome based on the variables present.[70]Steven Sharif

The developers have created a simulation of node interactions in preparation for Alpha-2 deployment of the node system.[70]

You can show the initial territories on the Verran map of what these particular nodes have governance over, or their Zones of Influence as we like to call them... As the simulation of this begins to advance and nodes begin to expand their territory and they begin to take over nearby nodes as a result of their of their growth, you start to see these power level ratings that are applied here on specific nodes that determines what type of takeover power it has and and what it pushes back against for other nodes that are looking to take over new territory as they advance.[70]Steven Sharif

  • It also simulates events, such as NPCs attacking and disabling certain node buildings and services. Failure to successfully respond to these will reduce the node's "health ticker", which will slow down the XP gains from the node.[70]

It also simulates events: So each of these nodes will have a health ticker: when that health ticker is impacted it'll stop gaining power or gaining or slow down in its gaining of experience; and that's because certain events can affect a node by disabling certain services, disabling buildings. Players don't respond to that horde of zombies that have come out of the nearby ravine then those zombies can attack stables, they can attack service buildings, and prevent particular types of quests or activities and services from happening until it's repaired.[70]Steven Sharif

  • Node-Belagerungen are simulated, with successful sieges destroying the nodes, and where unsuccessful sieges won't destroy the node but may result in disabled buildings or services, similar to events.[70]

It simulates the sieges if a particular node has a certain frequency that's set where we want to see randomization of how nodes get affected by sieges. Sometimes they'll be destroyed in the simulation. Sometimes they'll have disabled services again, similar to an event, because they didn't succeed necessarily at sieging the node but they did succeed at disabling some of the buildings as part of that siege.[70]Steven Sharif

  • It simulates what outcomes may happen in the live game as a result of player activity, such as splitting up a particular ZOI across a waterway, or having territories expand out to islands or across continents.[70]

It simulates what players could potentially do as well when the game goes live; and that might include things like splitting up a particular Zone of Influence across a waterway, having your territory expand out to an island, or across continents. These are these are the types of things that we want to see players do eventually obviously but this tool provides the design team the opportunity to see it repetitively and over a fast period of time so they see these different types of outcomes.[70]Steven Sharif


The Event system will also create a variety of PvP situations in the open world. From small skirmishes that lead into sieges to battles over capture points during a node or castle siege, PvP objectives will play a crucial role in determining the tide of battle.[71]

The majority of players will experience PvP through opt-in objective-based battlegrounds. These are high risk and high reward encounters that do not utilize the corruption system.[72][73][74]

The majority of PvP that players will encounter- the vast majority- will be through consensual systems, meaning opt-in systems like sieges, like caravans, like wars, or going out into the open sea. These are conscious decisions that players will make knowing the risk profile- assessing that- and they will opt-in to those things..[72]Steven Sharif
We will have limited functionality where players can spectate from either ghost camera from fixed positions at certain battlefields; some of which might include castles.
Our castle system, our sieges against nodes, the caravan system, battlegrounds that exist, guild wars: We want there to be a meaning to this conflict. We want players to actually have some skin in the game when it comes to participating in PvP.[85]Steven Sharif


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