During a live stream event yesterday, Intrepid Studios wowed viewers with the news that "Alpha One, Phase One" is being renamed as Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse, a stand-alone F2P portion of the game that will launch for everyone to try out in December. The castle siege, horde and battle royale modes will be moving off to become separate from Ashes of Creation the MMO. Current backers are enjoying a month's head start on Apocalypse, but everyone can expect a chance to try it soon.
One cool feature is that some of the things that players unlock through their experiences in Apocalypse will be brought with them into the MMO. Apocalypse players can unlock cosmetics, achievements and even furniture. In addition, character builds that they save can also be dragged into the MMO.
The best part of Apocalypse is that it provides the developers with a chance to watch how PvP combat and balance play which has a direct application to the full game as well.
Want to know more? Check out the Ashes of Creation live stream replay below and then let us know what you think in the comments.