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Game time is currently purchasable in Pre-order packs.[1]

This allows us to avoid the pay to win mentality many free-to-play games employ, as well as maintain a steady flow of new content for all our players.[2]

Ashes of Creation (the MMORPG) is a subscription based game.[2]

  • The monthly subscription fee is USD $14.99.[3][4]
    • Certain regions will have "harmonized" subscription prices that better reflect their local economies. These regions will be segregated from other regions.[5]

I think a sub cost provides both the barrier of entry to prevent, some not all, but mitigate some gold selling bots and whatnot because there's a cost associated with playing the game, but it's also not too high that it gets on the greedy side or prevents a lot of players from participating and trying the game; and then if the game is good then people will continue to subscribe and that subscription provides funding and revenue for the developers to continue a significant content creation and expansion rollout for the game.[9]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse is free-to-play.[10][11]

  • These are stand-alone modes that will be open to everyone, not just backers.[10][11][12][13]

There is no P2W in Apocalypse or the MMORPG![11]

Pay to win

Ashes of Creation will not be pay to win.[14][9][15]

Ashes of Creation will not be pay to win, that is our pledge to the community. One of the core principles we set forth with Ashes of Creation is a very strong desire to maintain the game's even playing field.[15]

A lot of developers and companies have come along in the past- and I've been hit by this too- and they've said we're not going to have pay-to-win and then boom they roll out some pay-to-win. We have consistently said we won't be pay-to-win and in the pre-orders that we provide and even in the Kickstarter there were absolutely zero pay-to-win components whatsoever. So not only will we talk the talk but we will walk the walk as well.[9]Steven Sharif

Because we are a non-box purchase game, meaning there is no box price to play Ashes of Creation, it is only a subscription; and that's beneficial because it reduces the barrier of entry and we want a high population obviously; but at the same time one of the ways we augment the revenue flows to sustain constant updates and new chapter releases and additional content within the game is through a cosmetic-only marketplace; and that means absolutely no pay-to-win whatsoever; and that will be adhered to forever.[14]Steven Sharif

نوزخملا slots, RNG loot boxes and XP potions are considered pay-to-win.[16][17][18]

My definition of pay-to-win is really anything that affects the in-game economy, the in-game action pool, your abilities and/or skills... In my opinion the inventory slots and the XP potions would be considered pay-to-win.[17]Steven Sharif

Q: Will there be RNG boxes?
A: I dislike RNG. Archeage made me loath rng monetization gimmicks.[18]Steven Sharif

Cosmetic store (micro transactions)

Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.[21]

There is going to be legendary cosmetics that can be earned and achieved in the game through the game systems, but that's going to take a significant amount of effort and work; and those cosmetics are going to be on-par with the cosmetics offered in the marketplace... What that does is it provides additional revenue to the company so that we can continue to fund the development of content as well and bridge the divide that not having a box cost would have and not having any pay-to-win mechanics whatsoever.[9]Steven Sharif

The نزخم ليمجتلا تارضحتسم enables players to purchase ليمجتلا تارضحتسم for use in Ashes of Creation.[22] The cosmetic store offers limited time, limited quantity items to help sustain game development.[23]

  • Equitable cosmetics, both from a quantity and quality standpoint, are achievable through in-game means.[23]
  • Nothing in the cosmetic store will be pay to win.[24]

I want to incentivize purchase in the cosmetic shop for sustainability of what expansions we have intended, since we are not a box cost. I want to incentivize purchase by offering limited items: limited time, limited quantity, so you have confidence that when you purchase them, they won't be offered later on in some other way.[23]Steven Sharif

Providing these limited options that collectors out there like when it comes to achieving and/or purchasing cosmetics. It means something I think when players make that decision to purchase or they go through the rigorous portion of achieving those things in game that it is not just everywhere around them and becomes meaningless at that point.[14]Steven Sharif

Pets, دعاصتي, Costumes, عرد, Buildings and Accessories sold in the cosmetic store are skins.[25]

We plan to include a shop for micro transactions. The shop will only include cosmetic items. Nothing in our shop will ever be pay to win as we believe this practice greatly hurts the MMORPG genre.[24]

All cosmetic store items will be non-tradeable.[33] There will be no gifting mechanism for cosmetic items.[34]

I don't want cosmetic items that can be purchased from the market to be transferable... because it is in a way a transfer of money for potentially something in-game.[34]Steven Sharif

Box cost

There is no upfront box cost associated with Ashes of Creation.[35]


تاهويدوتسا لساب will self-publish Ashes of Creation in the NA (North American), OCE (Oceanic) and SEA (Southeast Asia) regions.[36][37]

We have learned a lot from our partnership with MY.GAMES, and we wish our friends there all the best as we have mutually decided to part ways. Looking ahead, we’re excited to announce that Intrepid Studios will be opening European offices in Amsterdam to help support our publishing operations in the EU/CIS regions. We have recently posted open positions for our new EU offices, and look forward to hiring the best and brightest in true Intrepid fashion.[38]Steven Sharif

The Ashes of Creation MMORPG will not be published on the Steam platform.[39] FAQ

Q: What does this mean for my Ashes of Creation account with MY.GAMES moving forward?
A: In the coming weeks, we will announce the migration steps for moving your account to تاهويدوتسا لساب, rest assured all purchases and achievements will remain with your account.[38]
Q: What happens to my purchases on my MY.GAMES account moving forward?
A: The purchases and achievements you have on your MY.GAMES account will be migrated to the Intrepid Studios account management system.[38]
Q: What happens if I already have both a MY.GAMES account and an Ashes of Creation account?
A: If you currently own both an Intrepid Account and MY.GAMES account that you intend to migrate, you will be able to submit a support ticket and we will help to consolidate your accounts into one, if you so desire.[38]
Q: If I was a MY.GAMES customer, how can I purchase the individual monthly cosmetics that were not available through their website?
A: If you owned a pre-order package during the time of a desired individual monthly cosmetic, you will be able to submit a ticket through our customer support system, where we will then verify your eligibility to purchase the cosmetics and help to facilitate that purchase.[38]
Q: What will I need to do to play on European or Russian servers in the future?
A: You will need to ensure your migration in the coming weeks, and use your Intrepid account to access the game.[38]
Q: What does this mean for your regional and language support moving forward?
A: Intrepid Studios will be working to ensure proper localization in our supported languages as we build out our publishing operations in the EU.[38]
Q: If I don't want to transfer or migrate my MY.GAMES account, can I get a refund?
A: Any players who previously purchased their pre-order through MY.GAMES can submit a support request through MY.GAMES for a full refund.[38]
Q: What happens to my personal information associated with my MY.GAMES account?
A: When you migrate your account to Intrepid Studios, you will also be migrating the personal information associated with your account. If you would like to request that MY.GAMES removes your personal information, please reach out to their support team directly here.[38]


Early access

Ashes of Creation early access packages:


DLC expansions (post-launch releases) are planned on a quarterly basis.[47]

Because of the modularity of a lot of the systems that we're working on, it's not too hard to iterate and implement new things... We're planning on going on a quarterly/ monthly cycle to continue to push out new content.[51]Jeffrey Bard

The quarterly cycle for the big content is good for us and then, as you said, those modular components to our mechanisms in the game allow for us to introduce smaller content patches that can be seen in real time in the world.[51]Steven Sharif

We don't intend to a wordsmith around future charge for DLC content. As a subscription model, that's part of the agreement between us as a Studio and you guys: That there will be regularly scheduled updates and chapters; and that subscription is what allows you to access that content.[49]Steven Sharif

See also


  1. Pre-order packs
  2. 2.0 2.1 kickstarter subscription.png
  3. toast-subscription.png
  4. البث المباشر, 2018-05-04 (53:34).
  5. البث المباشر, 2020-07-25 (1:21:03).
  6. Braver of Worlds.png
  7. Summer Braver of Worlds.png
  8. lifetime sub server.png
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 البث المباشر, 2020-07-25 (1:53:46).
  10. 10.0 10.1 البث المباشر, 2018-10-31 (38:47).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Blog: Steam Announce And Play Test FAQ For Ashes of Creation Apocalypse
  12. البث المباشر, 2018-09-01 (1:05:10).
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  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 البث المباشر, 2020-11-30 (56:02).
  15. 15.0 15.1 kickstarter p2w.png
  16. 16.0 16.1 البث المباشر, 2020-07-25 (48:28).
  17. 17.0 17.1 Podcast, 2018-08-04 (1:57:56).
  18. 18.0 18.1 RNG boxes.png
  19. steven-multi-boxing-3.png
  20. steven-multiple-accounts.png
  21. 21.0 21.1 Ashes of Creation cosmetic store.
  22. cosmetics obtaining.png
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 البث المباشر, 8 April 2018 (PM) (58:29).
  24. 24.0 24.1 kickstarter microtransactions.png
  25. cosmetic skins.png
  26. 26.0 26.1 Rime and Regal
  27. البث المباشر, 2018-12-06 (41:43).
  28. البث المباشر, 2020-11-30 (58:24).
  29. البث المباشر, 2019-06-28 (1:25:55).
  30. costumes-weapons-quote.png
  31. 31.0 31.1 toast-caravan-skins.png
  32. 32.0 32.1 margaret-caravan-skins.png
  33. cash shop non tradable.jpg
  34. 34.0 34.1 مقابلة, 2018-05-11 (32:36).
  35. kickstarter box cost.png
  36. steven-publishing-oce-sea.png
  37. مقابلة, 2018-08-21 (11:20).
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 38.5 38.6 38.7 38.8 38.9 Blog: New Adventure Awaits.
  39. ashes-steam.png
  40. apoc-offline.png
  41. 41.0 41.1 Kickstarter packages.
  42. MMOGAMES Interview, 8 September 2017.
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  44. Intrepid pre-order pack.
  45. PAX West 2017 Alpha package.
  46. PAX West 2017 Beta package.
  47. البث المباشر, 2017-05-08 (11:14).
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  49. 49.0 49.1 البث المباشر, 2018-08-17 (1:02:38).
  50. البث المباشر, 2020-06-26 (1:26:54).
  51. 51.0 51.1 البث المباشر, 2017-06-01 (19:12).