Siège de Château
Guildes participate in Siège de Château in an effort to capture and occupy one of the five guild castles in Ashes of Creation.
- The minimum goal is for 250x250 players to be on a single battlefield. It is hoped that this can be increased to 500x500 over time.
- There will be systems that mimic some of the mechanics of sieges, but there won't be practice sieges.
- There may be instanced locations within otherwise open-world castle and node sieges, where specific groups can participate in small, short duration objective-based battles that will affect the overall outcome of the siege.
A guild that captures a castle will own that castle for a month before it is sieged again.
- Each week leading up to the siege week... is a week that's dedicated to one of the three castle dedicated nodes. So around the castle there are three nodes. They represent week, one, two, and three; and then the fourth week is the siege against the castle. Those can only be elevated up to stage three. We've discussed this in the past and there's definitely information out there on the community ran wiki. – Steven Sharif
- In the first three weeks that a guild occupies a castle they will need to level up each of their castle nodes to Village stage through questing.
- The fourth week is declaration week, where other guilds have the opportunity to lay down their declaration flag or to sign up as a defender of the castle.
- Depending on how well the guild defends their castle nodes results in better defenses for the castle.
- Different siege weaponry will grant the attackers the ability to destroy walls, doors and sections of the castle in order to gain access to the inner keep area.
- When castles change hands (following a siege), some taxes stay with the castle and some stay with the guild.
- There will be benefits to attracting people... even if they're not in your guild or alliance – kind of a feudal like system, where you can attract other players who are just independent of this whole politic. They will have things to do there - benefits to receive - and there will be a reciprocal relationship between who you can attract, what they do for you; and how that benefits you and them. – Steven Sharif
Alpha-1 castle sieges
Alpha-1 castle sieges are based on Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges.
- Players will be able to join guilds. These guilds can register for the siege events.
- Castle siege events will be 100v100 battles that occur daily and will last for three hours.
- Attackers will start on the opposite end of the map (from the defenders).
- Attackers will be able to use trebuchets to drive to and assault the castle.
- When the attackers have breached the castle they will be able to channel a cast on the relic in the throne room to try to capture the castle from the defenders.
- The victors of castle sieges will receive benefits, such as cloaks, flying mounts for guild leaders and potentially also for guild officers.
- Alpha-1 castle sieges are in a separate zone that is accessible via a NPC teleporter.
- Currently the siege zone is actually in the open world, but separated by mountains and off in the sea a bit. There is actually no instancing in A1, although the siege zone will only be accessible in A1 through a registration NPC teleporter. – Steven Sharif
- This zone includes the following raid bosses.
- These bosses will also appear in the open-world (outside the siege zone) with slightly different mechanics.
- The opposing team is notified when these raid bosses are being attacked.
- Teams who get the last hit on these bosses will receive buffs that will help them in the siege battle.
Last year, I spoke of attempting to incorporate sieges into the Alpha One experience. This has obviously been a goal of mine because it provides considerable data and a consistent event within the world that players can participate in to help stress test the deployment. Well, I am happy to say that it is appearing more and more likely by the day! Initial implementation of the Apocalypse siege code has been migrated into the Alpha One client, and we should begin internal testing next month. I will caveat this expectation with the fact that we are cutting it a bit close from an internal QA standpoint, but I have some confidence that the system will be online and capable of inclusion for the Alpha One test in the month of June. The siege component will obviously not be representative of what the siege system will be at launch, or even in Alpha Two. – Steven Sharif
- Destructible structures (such as walls and gates) are present in Alpha-1 castle sieges.
- The ability to repair structures (and siege weapons) is a long term design goal that will not be present during Alpha-1.
Châteaux de guilde
Cinq châteaux de guilde existent dans Ashes of Creation. Ces châteaux seront initialement occupés par un adversaire PNJ. Ce sont les principaux antagonistes dans l'histoire.
- Les guildes ont une période de temps pour monter de niveau afin d'assiéger ces châteaux.
- Ces châteaux seront très difficiles à prendre aux PNJs.
- Les nœuds de château seront absents autour de châteaux de PNJs.
Châteaux de guilde have three adjacent castle nodes in close proximity. The guild must develop those nodes to enhance the defenses of the castle. It will be possible, but very difficult for a single guild to fully develop these nodes. They will likely need assistance from the broader community.
- Castle nodes exist outside of the node system. They are independent of anything that's happening outside in the world with other nodes shutting off certain nodes from progressing.
- Castle nodes are excluded from the normal Citoyenneté, Zones of Influence, Propriété privée, Gouvernement de Nœud, and Organisations sociales systems.
- Castle nodes cannot exceed stage 3 (Village).
- Castle nodes are always military node types.
- Each of the dedicated castle nodes is barren at the start of the castle ownership period.
- Mercenaires PNJs of different types and strengths can also be hired to participate in castle sieges and defend caravans during these events based on the allocation made by the governing castle and how successful they have been defending their castle nodes.
Once the castle is owned by a guild that's when the supporting castle nodes start to come online and spawn each week prior to the fourth week castle siege. They'll have to form alliances, they'll have to get support, they'll have to get resources, they'll be able to allocate funds that have been collected through taxation in order to strengthen the defenses as well as hiring additional NPC mercenaries. – Steven Sharif
Castle nodes are leveled through questing by the owning guild or alliance guilds.
- Levelling castle nodes is a hastened process compared to regular nodes.
- At the end of each week leading up to a castle siege there is a period of time in the weekend where NPC generated caravans start moving toward one of the castle nodes carrying castle taxes from the nodes that fall under the castle's purview.
- During this time it is incumbent upon the owning guild, its allies, and citizens of the nodes to escort these caravans to the castle node.
- The enemies of the guild have incentive to attack these caravans to reap the rewards from the caravan and to sabotage the tax collection, which will reduce the defensive capability of the castle nodes and hence the castle itself.
- Citizens of nodes that fall under the purview of the castle are automatically registered as defenders of these caravans and may not participate in attacks against them.
- Completing these quests unlocks services and functions that are useful to the occupying guild and its allies as well as boosting the defenses the castle.
If they fail to to level up those nodes or complete those quests within the three prior weeks before the declaration week, then the castle will be at a disadvantage. – Steven Sharif
Being a member of the occupying guild automatically makes you a garrison of the castle nodes and castle itself.
- Only members of the occupying guild are citizens of these nodes.
- This citizenship is different to normal node citizenship. Castle nodes don't operate like normal nodes.
Castle owners and Maires will be able to purchase and allocate defense mechanisms to bolster siege defenses.
- Treasury funds can be invested into improving node defensive structures, such as stronger walls and gates, traps, and siege equipment.
- Reliques will offer area-of-effect buffs to damage, attack range or player health of the defenders.
- Race will not affect the defensive capability of a node.
There are points of balance that we want to incorporate, such as the defense mechanisms that the defenders have, the types of buffs that are acquired through completing killing the bosses, or capturing control points, the stages before a siege when it comes to those node progressions in the preceding weeks: Those are all going to be balanced considering all things being equal between the two sides. But obviously we're not going to control the state of gear acquisition that one side might have as an advantage over the other. There might be a much better geared team over there. There might be a much better coordinated team. There might be a higher number of individuals who are part of the attacking or the defense. Those are components that we aren't necessarily going to put on railroads so-to-speak. But the aspects of design that we can talk about like the hit point health of a particular wall or door, or mercenaries that can be hired; what's their cost, what's their damage output: Those are things yes we're going to balance. But obviously anything that's player dependent or that has player interaction and activity and determination you can't always balance; and you don't want to balance. Those aspects you leave those to the players. – Steven Sharif
Declaring a castle siege
Guildes are able to sign up to either siege or defend a castle over a week long declaration period.
- Once a guild registers for the siege a scroll creation quest is initiated that guild members may participate in, and it becomes possible to lay the declaration scroll down as soon as the quest is completed.
- Multiple guilds may register to attack and the first to complete the scroll and lay down the declaration may begin to have their members register to attack (there will be a cap).
- The siege scroll deployment is a 5 min rooted cast that alerts the region at the cast initiation and names the caster that must be the guild leader.
- If the guild leader is killed, the casting is interrupted. The scroll will remain until it is recast. It will disappear if it is not cast within the declaration period.
- The scroll may only be placed in a ring around the castle. The quality of the scroll determines the proximity to the castle.
- Players don't need to be in the guild that owns a castle in order to sign up for the defense of the castle.
- The guild leader that owns the castle is able to approve guilds that have applied to defend at the castle.
- Following declaration, the defender has a week grace period to approve defenders, hire mercenary PNJs and set up defensible positions.
Quand un siège débute, des alliances temporaires sont formées parmi les attaquants et les défenseurs.
- Pour les sièges de nœud, les citoyens du nœud ou des nœuds provinciaux attaqués sont automatiquement inscrits en tant que défenseurs.
- Il y a de nombreuses raisons de participer en tant qu'allié à l'attaque ou la défense d'autres noeuds.
- Liens sociaux.
Plusieurs motivations existent qui peuvent être utiles à votre nœud et à vous-même personnellement en participant à l'attaque ou la défense de villes. Celles-ci vont des titres aux objets, matériaux et argent. De plus, aider les autres peut vous aider à renforcer les liens lorsque vos biens sont menacés. – Steven Sharif
Non-registered combatants are not permitted on the siege field in castle or node sieges.
- Alpha-1 castle sieges are located in a separate zone that is accessible via a NPC teleporter.
- Siège de Château (in the final game) may or may not be instanced.
- Players may choose to respawn at their HQ as long as they are registered.
- Players could potentially intercept stragglers with the guild war or flagging system en route to the siege field.
Lower level characters will have usefulness in mass combat that does not depend on their level, such as manning siege weapons, helping repair fortifications, bringing proximity-based buffs to key positions, using stealth or scaling walls. These types of things are relevant to the tide of battle and do not require the player to be max-level or have high combat stats.
Objective-based PvP events such as node sieges, castle sieges, guild wars, and node wars will occur within a prime-time window somewhere between 3PM and 9PM server time. This is subject to testing.
- Guild wars and node wars can be declared at any time, but the objectives will only spawn during the prime-time window.
Il y aura une annonce/notification globale (sur tout le serveur) lors d'évènements importants.
- Sièges de château.
- Sièges de noeud.
- Apparitions de Bosses d'extérieur légendaires.
- Évènement de pièce de monstre.
- Opportunités de donjons.
Les avancements de noeud seront annoncés sur une zone selon le niveau du noeud.
- Les noeuds au niveau d'Expédition (organiser 1) et Encampment (organiser 2) seront annoncés à proximité.
- Les Village (organiser 3) auront une annonce dans toute la région.
- Les Town (organiser 4) et plus élévés seront sans doutes annoncés dans le monde entier.
Les nouveaux citoyens d'un noeud seront peut-être annoncés dans un chat de citoyen de noeud.
Les évènements de noeuds locaux, comme les caravanes ne seront pas annoncés. À la place, ils dépendront du bouche-à-oreille des joueurs.
Que ce soit un siège ou un évènement déclenché contre une ville, ou même une opportunité unique pour un donjon... Ce genre de choses impliqueront des notifications. Surtout pour les citoyens de la ville, qui seront informés d'un évènement imminent, pour leur donner assez de temps. – Steven Sharif
Castle siege objectives
- Attackers capture waypoints in the castle's architecture to diminish their respawn timer and increase the respawn timer of the defenders.
- Defenders can counter-play by attacking the siege headquarters of the attackers to diminish their declaration flags and increase their respawn timers.
- Legendary PNJs will be present as commanders that act like mini raid bosses within the defending and attacking armies. Killing these provides added benefits, such as certain types of drops that grant battlefield benefits to either side.
- The ultimate objective for the defenders is to survive during the timed period of the siege, which is approximately 90 minutes in its first iteration.
- If the attackers reach the inner keep of the castle, a guild leader (or one other delegated officer) must cast a 3 to 5 minute cast to seal ownership of the castle.
There's an opportunity there for perhaps backstabbing in the throne room where one guild is like yeah you know we agreed to get to this area but we had a change of heart in the middle of the battle. – Steven Sharif
A siege occurs over several phases.
- Certain siege mechanics may be gated for specific size groups during sieges.
- There will not be a deserter debuff for leaving a siege before it is complete.
- More will be revealed in an upcoming blog entry.
Engins de siège
Les armes de sièges pourront être fabriquées ou achetées à des PNJs.
L'équipement de siège nécessitera des matériaux, des recettes et de l'artisanat.
Une partie de cette entreprise de siéger un lieu tenu par des joueurs (ou des non-joueurs) réside dans le temps de préparation ; et ça inclut le rassemblement et la fabrication de ces méga-armes ou la collecte de ressources : que ce soit de l'or ou des objets de quête spécifiques à acheter à des PNJs. – Steven Sharif
Tout ce que vous souhaitez créer dans le monde sera construit par les joueurs : que ce soit les navires, engins de siège, armes, armures, etc. – Jeffrey Bard
Sieges don't use the PvP flagging system.
Death penalties do not apply to objective-based events (such as caravans, guild wars, and node sieges).
Siege NPCs serve as defense points. Killing them allows the attackers to gain advantages during a siege. PNJs are only killable during a siege and will respawn if the siege is unsuccessful.
NPC guards are intended to be a significant presence but not the main line of defense in a siege.
Mercenaires PNJs can be hired to participate in objective-based situations.
- Varying tiers of mercenary NPCs may be unlocked based on the investment made in their progression. Highest tier NPC mercenaries are referred to as heros.
- Maires are able to allocate treasury funding to hire mercenary NPCs to defend their node during sieges.
- Nodes can invest in upgrade paths that give a greater selection of roles and quality (gear level) of NPC mercenaries used for caravan defense.
- NPC mercenaries can be hired to participate in castle sieges based on the allocation made by the governing castle and how successful they have been defending their castle nodes.
- These mechanics are subject to change based on testing and priorities.
- Players can assign mercenary NPCs, but won't micromanage them, in a similar manner to pets.
- There are mercenary NPCs that can be assigned to players. We've discussed about that before and those will follow generically... a kind of pet system even you know adopted majority of the pet system with the added bonus of kind of objective based points of interest that you can assign them to. But we don't want to inundate the field with these mercenaries they'll be kind of few and far between. They'll be assigned specifically like let's say for example you know as the mayor of a node during a siege you'll be able to assign these two specific players that are citizens within your node and then they'll have those they'll spawn during the during the node siege; or vice versa and the castle siege you know guild leaders can assign mercenaries that are available based on the progress of those subsidiary nodes around the castle siege whether or not you have those available to your defense or your attack. – Steven Sharif
There may be instanced locations within otherwise open-world castle and node sieges, where specific groups can participate in small, short duration objective-based battles that will affect the overall outcome of the siege.
- What we were talking about was how during castle sieges or node sieges, you're going to have certain instanced locations where it's only going to be a group that's designated to participate versus another group while the siege is happening. And I know in the past we talked about well how do you plan to incorporate these more objective-based waypoints as part of these larger events; and say that not only is it going to be a complement of numbers or in the overall grand kind of battle perspective, but there's also going to be opportunities for smaller more niche groups to participate in more focused objective capturing. And a part of that is going to be small very short, kind of ten minute long instanced battles where groups can go and participate against other groups that are defender versus attacker; and the outcome of which will influence certain aspects of the overall battle while that's still occurring in the background. – Steven Sharif
Les dragons sont des montures volantes épiques avec de grandes capacités de combat, tel que des souffles en AoE, des plongeons depuis les airs, et d'autres encore.
- Les dragons ont des capacités de JcJ exclusives lors des sièges de chateau et des sièges de nœud.
Les dragons auront beaucoup de capacités en PvP. C'est leurs fonctions premières, parce qu'ils seront en relation avec les châteaux et leurs sièges, ainsi que les nœuds et leurs sièges. Nous voulons que les dragons aient de larges possibilités lors des raids de joueurs. – Steven Sharif
The guild leader of a castle can grant the use of flying undermounts (such as wyrmlings) to guild officers during a castle siege.
- These may only be granted if the castle nodes are successfully established prior to the siege.
- Node A grants 1 undermount, Node B grants 2 undermounts, and Node C grants 2 undermounts.
- This system is subject to change during testing.
Little wyrmlings that you can grant to officers if you're a castle owner, and they can fly around too. – Steven Sharif
Huit joueurs avec le même archétype primaire pourront se regrouper pour créer des effets combinés pendant un siege.
Ce sont les genres de systèmes qu'on veut mettre en place où un groupe du même archétype primaire peuvent se regrouper et invoquer ce genre d'effets qui correspondront à l'identité de l'archétype. – Steven Sharif
Summoners can collaborate together during sieges to summon larger creatures, such as Golems.
- We do have the concept of siege summons being a thing with multiple summoners being required in order to create that siege summon. In those situations your character becomes the summon. So you don't have an AI that takes over your previous character but instead the recipient of those additional spell effects becomes the actual summon itself. – Steven Sharif
- The target of the group summon becomes the summon itself.
- Previously it was stated that the party-leader becomes the summon.
- A siege summon will have an incremental size based on the number of summoners participating in that summon activity, with a maximum of eight.
- The number of summoners participating in the summon will determine its overall size.
- All summoners must be in the same party and the party leader must be a summoner.
- If eight Tank archetypes each use one of their summon wall abilities it might construct a larger wall that can divide two raids in a moment; and would require damage and block skills and abilities for a momentary lapse of battle between those two raids. – Steven Sharif
Zergs are empowered by fast-travel. Meaningful travel times are intended to prevent zerg play from being so much of an influence.
Encounters are designed to have meaning in terms of how boss skills and abilities relate to group compositions, tactics and strategies. Zerging is not experiencing content. There are different ways to make a fight more difficult for larger sized groups without relying solely on stat buffs or making the boss a "damage sponge".
- Raid and dungeon bosses have specific mechanics and abilities that players need to learn and react to. Zergs that are not aware of these mechanics or react to them appropriately will be wiped.
- There may be environmental hazards and AoE effects that cause more damage based on the number of players present.
- There is a give-and-take for guilds that want to see a larger number of members as opposed to a more focused group that may be a part of an alliance.
We're very cognizant of the fact that we don't want to see zerging be a mechanic that's utilized by guilds to accomplish content or just to steamroll over sieges... There are specific mechanics that we are working on that will be seen through the testing phases that relate to a degree of understanding of certain systems that can't just be overrun with numbers. – Steven Sharif
Mechanics that encourage political intrigue will play a role in destabilizing zergs.
The best way that I found in games I played previously to take down a zerg is to cause drama from within... It's that conflict inside of the politicking that happens in that big organization. If we provide opportunities for division to occur then it also provides stability to keep a server healthy away from that zerg mentality also... If we approach the castle siege and we've destroyed the walls and we're in the throne room and we're about to cast on the penultimate thing and I at this time am just so excited from what's happening that I'm like "screw it I'm gonna go for it". It's gonna be mine. I'm gonna take the taxes for the next month. I'm gonna take all the gear from the castle. I'm gonna take everything... We kind of want that political intrigue to be present in the game. – Steven Sharif
Objective-based game play helps to balance the zerg mentality.
I always feel that if you balance based on groups that in your balance focus is to incorporate features that play well from a player versus player perspective as well as a player versus environment perspective: Having support classes, having DPS and tanks that can obstruct movement and/or create you know bottlenecks on the field and stuff like that. I think a well-rounded raid it will perform better against a non well-rounded raid, however then you incorporate the second aspect of numbers; and that's where again mobility, organization, leadership tactics. Having objectives in gameplay that make those important helps to balance the zerg mentality that a lot of guilds can tend to have. – Steven Sharif
Instanciation doesn't play a major role in limiting zergs, due to 80% of content in Ashes of Creation being open-world.
- There may be instanced locations within castle and node sieges where specific groups can participate in certain objective-based waypoints.
Zerging is always a problem in a lot of these MMORPGs where you really can't control the number of participants in certain open-world systems; and in that sense instancing is a great tool that designers can sometimes use to curate a particular number of participants that you want. But the predominant amount of content within Ashes of Creation, over 80% of which is is open-world content, so instancing is very limited. – Steven Sharif
Completing a castle siege
A castle siege will last for two hours.
- During this time specific objectives within the castle will be contested.
During the two-hour long siege that's when everything changes. The portcullises go down, the gates go down. You'll need siege weaponry. There's going to be specific objectives within the castles that you'll have to conquer and then there'll be- if it's an un-owned castle- it'll need to have a raid boss at the center that gets fought for. Attackers can fight each other during that experience. – Steven Sharif
An inter-guild ladder will rank guilds based on their performance within competitive activities:
When the guild participates in guild wars or they participate in sieges, you'll be able to climb the ranks of your inter-guild ladder as well so you get bragging rights amongst your friends. – Steven Sharif
Séquelles d'un siège
Des débris devraient rester visible pendant une certaine période de temps après un siège réussi. Ils devraient persister en toute logique jusqu'au moment où la guilde titulaire développe le premier nœud défensif.
Les Environnements destructibles seront des éléments cœur sur la façon dont les joueurs interagissent avec le monde, à la fois dans Ashes of Creation Apocalypse et dans Ashes of Creation le MMORPG.
Nous voulons que la destruction fasse partie des éléments cœurs sur la façon dont les joueurs évoluent à travers le monde. – Steven Sharif
- Les attaquants ne seront peut-être pas capables de détruire un Nœud pendant un siège de nœud. À la place ils peuvent tenter des attaques précises pour désactiver des Bâtiments de Nœuds et leurs services à l'intérieur d'un nœud. Ces bâtiments peuvent être ciblés avec des Engins de siège et des bombes.
- Les Bâtiments de Nœuds (incluant les Habitations de joueurs) ont des points de Santé et peuvent être endommagés pendant des sièges. Si les bâtiments reçoivent plus de 25% de dégâts approximativement, tous les PNJs ou les services offert par ce bâtiment ne seront plus disponibles jusqu'à ce que le bâtiment soit réparé.
- Si le nœud existe encore après la fin du siège, les citoyens devront obtenir les Ressources nécessaires à la réparation et devront reconstruire toute infrastructure endommagée.
- Les bâtiments plus larges, plus avancés, requièrent plus de ressources pour les réparer. Les habitations de nœud auront sans doute besoin du moins de ressources pour les réparer.
- Une Habitation de joueur qui est détruite pendant un siège de nœud ne peut plus être vendue.
- Les Meubles et les Décorations d'habitation sont conservés et peuvent être replacés plus tard.
Vous pourriez être plus précis dans vos décisions lors de l'attaque d'une ville. Admettons qu'il s'agisse d'un nœud rival qui tente d'atteindre, imaginons, un nœud de niveau 5, ou quelque chose dans le genre, et vous voulez désactiver leurs accès aux systèmes de religions pour les empêcher de progresser donc vous visez leur temple pendant l'attaque, ou vous voulez empêcher leur académie d'érudits de monter en niveau pour que votre nœud puisse le faire ; ou alors vous voulez désactiver de multiples bâtiments qui permettent aux citoyens de récupérer de l'expérience ou de faire des quêtes, ce qui les empêcherait de suivre votre cadence en terme d'expérience gagnée par votre nœud. Ces attaques peuvent être plus précises et n'ont pas forcément besoin de mener à la prise du nœud lui-même. – Steven Sharif
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges are a planned Ashes of Creation Apocalypse testing mode that aims to test castle siege mechanics.
- Takes place in and around large destructible castles.
- Matches are expected to last thirty to thirty-five minutes. This duration can be modified by control points captured during the match.
- There will be 200 players in a match (100 v 100).
- Invite up to 20 guildmates to a match.
- Class kits come into play during the testing of Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges.
- The ability to host a session and challenge an opponent or guild may be present post-launch of castle siege mode.
The Castle Siege mode is another example of a playable slice of the MMORPG that Apocalypse is providing early testing for. While it’s a somewhat smaller scale experience than the one you’ll have in the MMO, the overall flow of taking and defending a castle will remain similar. There’s some additional systems you’ll see in the final product, like the influence of Nodes over the available defensive emplacements, the crafting and deploying of custom siege weapons, and the summoning of siege monsters. These are all things that we’ll be adding on top of this mode upon our release of Ashes of Creation. – Margaret Krohn
A potential Alpha-1 implementation of Siège de Château in the MMORPG is based on Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges.
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege maps
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges take place on a 1km2 (one square kilometer) map.
Five castles are intended for the Ashes of Creation MMORPG. It's likely that eventually there will also be five castle maps on Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges.
- Initially two castle maps are planned for Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges.
On January 11, 2019, we showcased our sneak peek of two siege map designs coming to Ashes of Creation Apocalypse soon - Castle Korgan previously owned by the Aelan humans and Castle Milnar constructed by the great Dünzenkell dwarves. These great castles of Verra were the cornerstone of defense for the Empires that owned them. Once home to legendary battles that turned the tides of power and influence on Verra. Now abandoned by the great powers that have fled Verra through the Divine Gateways, these great pillars of civilization are battlefields in the Apocalypse. – Margaret Krohn
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle siege mechanics
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse castle sieges will be objective-based.
A player elects to be either an attacker or defender.
- The matchmaker will attempt to assign a player their selected side (referred to as role in the article) but it may allocate another side so as to shorten queue times.
- Once in the match, a player's side will not change.
Players select one of the six classes prior to battle.
- Players can see the numbers of players in their raid who have selected each class.
- Players will have a limited amount of time to lock in their class choice. If they miss the window, the least selected class choice will be automatically chosen for them.
- There is no limit to the number of a specific class that may be on a team, however the developers note that composition will be important from a strategic perspective.
- Classes cannot be swapped during a match, but this may change based on testing.
There will be a timeframe for preparation where attackers and defenders take positions and prepare weaponry.
- Siege weaponry will include ballistas, trebuchets, battering rams and potentially traps and "powder keg" type weapons.
When you join into the castle siege in Apocalypse you're going to be able to select one of six classes. Right and upon selecting those classes then you're going to be placed on your starting side, whether it be the attacker or defenders; and then you're going to be able to start preparations. It's gonna be a little bit of a loading time where you have selected those classes. You're going to take positions perhaps and whatnot; and there are siege weaponry that's going to be present there as you see here some ballistas, some trebuchets, a battering ram and maybe some traps and some powder keg kind of stuff available to destroy some things. – Steven Sharif
In the first phase of battle the attackers attempt to penetrate the walls and gates to gain access to the inside of the castle.
- Siege weapons available to the attacking side include Trebuchets and Battering Rams.
There will be a variety of siege weapons available to the Attacking side including Trebuchets and Battering Rams. Trebuchets’ range will be long enough to reach the enemy ballistas from their initial placement points. These placement points will be out of player character’s weapon range from the castle walls, but within ballista range, and scattered on the battlefield. – Margaret Krohn
Once inside the castle, the attackers need to hold objectives.
- There are objectives within the castle, such as killing guard captains.
- Attackers must destroy key strategic objectives to swing the battle in their favor.
- Defenders must protect key strategic objectives to maintain advantage.
- Holding capture points increase or decrease the duration of the map, change the opposing side's respawn times and give buffs to the side that holds them.
- Players can also respawn on capture points that they hold.
The ultimate objective of the attackers is to reach the center keep of the castle to channel on the final relic that's present in order to achieve victory.
The defenders are attempting to hold out as long as possible, but they can also rush the field to the enemy encampment or headquarters to attempt to damage their ability to siege.
- Attempt to take out attacker's siege weapons.
- Attempt to capture attacker's control points to increase their spawn time and decrease the total match time.
If a Defender captures an Attacker’s Control Point, the total match time decreases, the Attacker Teams’ respawn time increases, and it also provides a temporary morale buff to the entire Defender’s side. Defenders will also be able to teleport to any Control Points that have been taken. – Margaret Krohn
Siege weapons available to the defending side include Ballistas and Traps.
Ballistas will have fixed positions on castle towers. Traps will be placeable items that the Defending Team can use to damage and crowd control their enemies. Note that these items are destructible by the Attacking Team. – Margaret Krohn
Players have infinite lives in castle siege mode.
- Upon death, players join a respawn queue shared with their teammates.
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse siege equipment
Ashes of Creation Apocalypse siege equipment includes ballistas, trebuchets, battering rams and potentially traps and "powder keg" type weapons.
- Siege weapons available to the attacking side include Trebuchets and Battering Rams.
- Siege weapons available to the defending side include Ballistas and Traps.
- Siege weapons are deployable and piloted by players.
With regards to alpha one phase one however in the castle siege system... what will happen is static siege equipment that's placed in the map for the attackers to utilize that will present at focal points of PvP in the match where defenders will know where to target a specific area on the field in order to attack.  – Steven Sharif
2021-05-29 2021-05-29 2021-05-29 2021-05-29 2021-05-29 2021-05-29 2020-10-31 2019-07-17 2019-03-18 2019-01-12 2018-06-05
- ↑ Vidéo, 2021-05-28 (25:44).
- ↑ About Ashes of Creation.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
- ↑ Direct, 2022-07-29 (1:12:14).
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Entrevue, 2020-07-29 (31:05).
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Entrevue, 2020-07-18 (13:13).
- ↑ Direct, 2021-09-24 (52:48).
- ↑ Entrevue, 2021-07-08 (57:19).
- ↑ Entrevue, 2020-07-19 (44:28).
- ↑ Twitch Bustin - Practice Sieges?
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Direct, 2022-01-28 (17:50).
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 Podcast, 2021-04-11 (49:40).
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Direct, 2021-04-30 (41:18).
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Blog: Creative Director's Letter, April 14 2021
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Direct, 2020-08-28 (1:43:03).
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 18.8 Podcast, 2018-04-23 (21:55).
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Direct, 2017-08-23 (23:00).
- ↑ 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 20.11 20.12 20.13 20.14 20.15 20.16 20.17 Podcast, 2018-04-23 (15:14).
- ↑ Vidéo, 2021-05-28 (24:44).
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- ↑ Vidéo, 2021-05-28 (19:04).
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- ↑ 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 27.6 27.7 Blog: 10 facts about castle sieges in the MMORPG.
- ↑ Direct, 2022-10-14 (58:46).
- ↑ Direct, 2019-07-26 (1:29:00).
- ↑ 31.0 31.1
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 Direct, 2021-04-30 (1:01:10).
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 33.5 33.6 33.7 33.8 33.9 Direct, 2020-08-28 (1:41:24).
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 Direct, 2020-08-28 (1:39:02).
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 Direct, 2022-04-29 (27:42).
- ↑ 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 Direct, 2020-07-25 (1:22:40).
- ↑ 38.0 38.1 Direct, 2020-06-26 (1:33:10).
- ↑ 39.0 39.1 39.2 Direct, 2018-01-18 (37:05).
- ↑ Direct, 2021-06-25 (1:10:52).
- ↑ Vidéo, 2017-04-20 (8:20).
- ↑ 42.0 42.1 42.2 Steven Sharif - Clarification points from today’s stream.
- ↑ 50.0 50.1 Official Livestream - May 4th @ 3 PM PST - Q&A
- ↑ Entrevue, 2020-07-08 (1:12:51).
- ↑ Entrevue, 2020-07-08 (22:37).
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- ↑ 59.0 59.1 59.2 Entrevue, 17 Août 2018 (24:48).
- ↑ 60.0 60.1 60.2 60.3 Direct, 30 Avril 2021 (1:01:10).
- ↑ 61.0 61.1 Direct, 30 Octobre 2020 (1:01:00).
- ↑ 62.0 62.1 Entrevue, 2018-05-11 (44:20).
- ↑ 63.0 63.1
- ↑ Direct, 2017-05-24 (37:05).
- ↑ Vidéo, 2017-05-31 (2:27).
- ↑ 67.0 67.1 Entrevue, 2018-08-08 (20:49).
- ↑ Direct, 2017-05-24 (17:08).
- ↑ Direct, 2017-05-19 (45:14).
- ↑ Direct, 2020-12-22 (1:13:51).
- ↑ Direct, 2017-07-28 (36:51).
- ↑ Direct, 2023-05-31 (58:25).
- ↑ 75.0 75.1 75.2 Direct, 2020-06-26 (59:11).
- ↑ 76.0 76.1 76.2 76.3 Direct, 2019-11-22 (1:14:23).
- ↑ 77.0 77.1 77.2 Direct, 2022-05-27 (1:18:09).
- ↑ 79.0 79.1 79.2 Direct, 2018-04-8 (PM) (51:49).
- ↑ Direct, 2019-09-27 (39:09).
- ↑ Entrevue, 2020-07-19 (1:05:41).
- ↑ 82.0 82.1 Direct, 2019-07-26 (56:06).
- ↑ 84.0 84.1
- ↑ 85.0 85.1
- ↑ Direct, 2019-11-22 (41:02).
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- ↑ 88.0 88.1 88.2 Direct, 2023-03-31 (1:22:21).
- ↑ 89.0 89.1 89.2 89.3 89.4 89.5 89.6 Entrevue, 2018-08-17 (14:59).
- ↑ 90.0 90.1 Direct, 2017-05-19 (10:06).
- ↑ 91.0 91.1 Direct, 2018-04-8 (AM) (28:01).
- ↑ Direct, 2017-05-05 (23:26).
- ↑ 95.0 95.1 Direct, 2017-05-19 (25:18).
- ↑ 96.0 96.1 96.2 Direct, 2020-11-30 (1:16:09).
- ↑ 97.0 97.1 Direct, 2017-05-22 (57:37).
- ↑ 98.0 98.1 Entrevue, 2018-05-11 (44:20).
- ↑ 99.0 99.1 Entrevue, 2018-08-08 (11:52).
- ↑ Direct, 2019-10-31 (36:20).
- ↑ 101.0 101.1 101.2 101.3 Direct, 2021-06-25 (1:12:37).
- ↑ 102.0 102.1 102.2 102.3 Entrevue, 2020-07-29 (14:28).
- ↑ Direct, 2018-07-09 (42:48).
- ↑ Ashes of Creation Apocalypse Early Access.
- ↑ Vidéo, 2019-09-24 (0:10).
- ↑ 106.0 106.1 106.2 Direct, 2019-06-28 (31:15).
- ↑ 107.0 107.1 Direct, 2019-11-22 (16:56).
- ↑ 108.0 108.1 Entrevue, 2020-07-08 (57:46).
- ↑ Direct, 2019-11-22 (17:59).
- ↑ Entrevue, 2020-07-08 (59:38).
- ↑ 111.0 111.1 Direct, 2020-06-26 (1:02:12).
- ↑ Direct, 2017-07-18 (40:14).
- ↑ Direct, 2017-11-17 (47:10).
- ↑ Vidéo, 2019-03-08 (0:00).
- ↑ Direct, 2019-10-31 (11:05).
- ↑ 117.0 117.1 117.2 117.3 117.4 Direct, 2018-08-17 (30:29).
- ↑ 118.0 118.1 118.2 118.3 118.4 Direct, 2018-09-01 (54:06).
- ↑ 119.00 119.01 119.02 119.03 119.04 119.05 119.06 119.07 119.08 119.09 119.10 119.11 119.12 119.13 119.14 119.15 119.16 119.17 119.18 119.19 119.20 119.21 119.22 Castle Siege Overview.
- ↑ Entrevue, 2018-08-24 (13:17).
- ↑ Entrevue, 2018-08-17 (8:16).
- ↑ Entrevue, 2018-12-06 (38:10).
- ↑ Vidéo, 2019-01-11 (0:00).
- ↑ 124.00 124.01 124.02 124.03 124.04 124.05 124.06 124.07 124.08 124.09 124.10 124.11 Direct, 2019-01-11 (35:44).
- ↑ 125.0 125.1 Direct, 2019-01-11 (34:26).
- ↑ 126.0 126.1
- ↑ Direct, 2019-01-11 (56:11).
- ↑ 129.0 129.1 129.2 129.3 129.4 Direct, 2019-01-11 (37:45).
- ↑ Vidéo, 2019-07-17 (0:00).