On day 3 of PAX West, Ashes of Creation had their scheduled panel presentation "Making MMOs Great Again". The panel was very well attended and the audience was hugely excited to meet the team and hear their perspective on the governing philosophy of the game. Be sure to watch the panel if you didn't get a chance to view it live.
During the panel there were three particularly noteworthy announcements.
Alpha Zero Date - December 15, 2017
Steven and the team confirmed that Alpha 0 (invite only) testing will begin later this calendar year on December 15, 2017. This was already announced in the pre-PAX game overview video released last Thursday, but it was great to see the team confirm that date in public and communicate enthusiasm for the lucky invitees who will comprise the first wave of testers to start experiencing the game and providing Intrepid with valuable player feedback.
Composer Announcement - Bear McCreary
The second major piece of news from the Ashes panel was the announcement that Bear McCreary has signed on to the Intrepid team to compose the score for Ashes of Creation. I am, personally, hugely excited about this. I've been a Bear McCreary fan since Battlestar Galactica where he was responsible for a haunting and diverse score that established a fantastic undertone for the space opera depicted in that series. McCreary has composed scores for a number of notable TV series over the past decade and is certainly one of the most talented composers working in this medium. McCreary also has some experience with video game composition, he is currently working on the soundtrack for the upcoming God of War (2018) game. Here is an example of his work on that game. I leave you with my own personal Bear McCreary favorite, a rich multi-layered piece for strings from Battlestar Galactica season 2.
Ashes World Name - Verra
In an unexpected revelation, Steven (who has been notoriously tight-lipped regarding Ashes lore) answered an audience question (via the Discord community) regarding the official world name, and that name is Verra.
The name evokes some similarity to "terra" (Earth in Latin) as well as "vera" (Latin meaning truth or Slavic meaning faith) . Whether Intrepid drew inspiration from these or other themes is not confirmed, but a hybrid of the concepts for truth, faith, and earth forms a sensible basis for a world name.
Exciting announcements from PAX, indeed, please share your thoughts in the comment section and let us know how you feel about the Alpha date, the composer, or the name "Verra" for the Ashes world. Stay tuned for more post-PAX coverage, both myself and @Isarii will be writing in-depth reviews based on our hands-on experiences with the game.