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August Live Stream Showcases Alpha 1 Action Combat

The Intrepid crew showcased a live-stream today which had a number of cool highlights about how things are progressing with the game. Be sure to check it out!

Some highlights from the stream include:

Alpha 1 Timing

Phase 1 - Starting next month!

  1. Open World Battlegrounds - up to 100 players (and ramping upwards from there). Match-making process to test the action combat system.
  2. Quick PvP matches allowing players to stay in the action and hit the servers hard. 
  3. At first, Alpha 1 will be limited to certain fixed play sessions, but later it will be opened for 24/7 access.

Phase 2 - Coming later, starting after Phase 1

  1. A 125 kmarea
  2. Progression to level 20. Compared to progression to 10 in A0. 
  3. Four playable races
  4. Attribute and skill progression.
  5. Character customization suite.
  6. All 8 base archetypes playable. 
  7. Basics of the housing system - placeable holds
  8. Crafting and artisan systems
  9. Node progression up to stage 4 (City)
  10. PvE Questing and society guild systems (NPC guilds)
  11. Two world servers - to be announced at PAX Prime
  12. Name reservation for Alpha 1 participants.

Combat Video

The showcase of the stream was a combat video showing the latest in-development progress of action combat in Alpha One. Here's a clip from the video, but there is more footage in the stream itself.

After the video the devs discussed some interesting engineering problems that have gone into creating the framework for this combat experience.


What did you think about the stream? What were the highlights for you? Let us know in the comments!

About Atropos:

I am a dedicated gamer and MMO enthusiast who has been involved with MMO communities since EverQuest. As the creator of Tamriel Foundry and Ashen Foundry, I love the challenge of building platforms and tools for MMO communities to flourish.

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  1. #1

    Varkun

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    There seems to be quite some excitement about the "action combat" but what people need to remember is that it is the first iteration and is nothing like the hybrid system we will have 6+ months from now. Everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt at this point.

    I guess the one thing I was excited about is the size of the world, 120sq/km for alpha1 part 2 and 4 times larger than this for game release, should provide for lots of places to get lost in. For me personally the time frame for future testing aphpa1 part 2 with some of the other systems being added, this is when AOC really will start to take shape as an MMO. 

    Close your eyes, spread your arms, and always trust your cape.

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