It's been a while since I've been excited about a game but this one has me up and researching. Intrepid Studios has been working on this since 2016 and it looks amazing. From the crew that brought you EverQuest 1 & 2, Vanguard, PlanetSide 1&2, XCOM, Call of Duty, and Star Wars Galaxies, you have a game that is an open world, non-faction based, high-fantasy setting. There will be plenty of PVP and PVE for all.
Here are the Key Features as noted on their press release:
Reactive World that Changes Based on Player Interaction
Ashes of Creation uses a dynamic node system, unique to MMOs. Nodes are widespread locations
throughout the world that players can develop when they complete quests, kill monsters, PvP, etc. Nodes have their own experience levels which grow as players participate in normal activities within their “zone of influence”. Nodes can eventually grow into camps, villages, and at their pinnacle, metropolises. As these nodes grow, so do the quests and services the nodes offer to players. However, nothing lasts forever.
World events may trigger horrific monsters which can attack nodes, even other players may pose a threat.
Every node has the possibility of being be attacked and destroyed, the reinforcing of competing interests lies central to philosophy behind node design.
Massive PvP Sieges for Castle Dominance
Players can work together to siege castles and take control of territories for themselves. This is done through massively multiplayer siege warfare where hundreds of players can come together to attack or defend key targets. These castles are the epitome of guild driven politics and exert control over the nodes that fall within a castle’s region of influence.
Caravans & Strategic Trading
In Ashes of Creation, our economies are regionalized, both for our markets
and our resources. Caravans facilitate the transit of goods between regions. Initiating a trade from one city to another will create a caravan that players will need to defend while it moves along its route to its destination. These caravans create PvP zones around them, allowing other players the option to attack it. Caravans are integral parts of city development as cities require a massive amount of resources to upgrade. Players will be able to move their resources and set up shop in other areas of the world in order to take advantage of the new developing markets.
Ashes of Creation is currently in Alpha testing for those who participated in the Kickstarter campaign. You can also sign up at https://www.ashesofcreation.com/register/ for their weekly alpha and beta key giveaways.