It seems Intrepid Studios, the team behind Ashes of Creation, has lifted the verbal NDA tied to their alpha. However, the visual NDA still applies. Here are the details.
The information was Tweeted out on the official channels yesterday stating the following:
???? Alpha One testers!The verbal NDA for Alpha One has been lifted. The visual NDA still applies, so DO NOT share screenshots or videos outside of our private NDA channels for reporting issues: https://t.co/JYkk1xN66XJoin our public feedback thread: https://t.co/YhPTxZH3mV pic.twitter.com/ZQ5tdVTrKl— Ashes of Creation Support (@AoCSupport) May 17, 2021
As explained, you still cannot share screenshots or videos outside private official channels. Steven Sharif took to the game’s Discord to provide some additional information regarding the partial lift of this NDA,
“Good Afternoon Glorious Ashes Community. Today I have made the decision to release our current Alpha One Testers from their verbal NDA over all prior Alpha One Preview testing, and future testing. The visual NDA shall remain in place until July. I have made this decision so that the community may discuss the experiences had, and progress made with the Ashes project, in anticipation of the full NDA release in July. Of course, It's important to note, that the Alpha One experience is not meant to be a content test. But rather, standing up core systems in their bare bones state and vetting our technical architectures, while providing the opportunity for us to optimize and squash bugs. Hope you enjoy the conversation. Keep it constructive! Much :heart: to you all, and especially our testers!”
This development follows Ashes of Creation’s Steven Sharif recently announcing the delay of the Alpha One test which was set to begin in June, but will now begin on July 14 and run through August 13. Steven cited the launch of several games during the June period as contributing towards the decision to delay their Alpha One.
As a result of this delay, the refund policy was extended from 30 days to 90 days if you purchased an Alpha Pack retroactive from May 5 of this year.