From Press Release:
BORDEAUX, FRANCE – February 11, 2021— After a very successful test weekend, Century: Age of Ashes developers have announced the dates for their second, much larger and longer, closed beta. This next closed beta, running March 12-21, has been updated using community feedback and includes new matchmaking and game modes, improved controls, and a free flight system to allow new players to practice against the computer.
Player progress from the first closed beta has been reset, but all experience, earned currency, and unlockables gained during the second closed beta will carry on to Early Access. The team has also shared that the game’s cosmetic store will be open during the closed beta for players to spend their earned currency. Options to use real world currency will not be available during this period.
Playwing has also announced that the Century: Age of Ashes Early Access launch has been pushed back to the first week of April to allow the team to focus on game quality.
“The first closed beta was amazing. We saw so many players have fun and leave the weekend hungry for more dragon riding combat. We’ve been given a massive amount of feedback through Discord and social media about ways to improve the game. I think the community will really appreciate everything we’ve done to improve the game since the last closed beta.” said Pascal Barret, Playwing Bordeaux Art Director and Studio Manager. “We’re a small team and we want Century to launch in Early Access in the best state possible. We appreciate everyone’s patience and can’t wait to see you in the skies.”
The Century: Age of Ashes second closed beta will launch with the following changes and improvements:
Matchmaking & Game modes
Adding a MMR system to the queue to improve match balance and put same level players into the same games
ROOKIE mode will be only accessible until level 10
Adding a SKIRMISH mode: a best of 5, 3v3 game mode, that will replace the ROOKIE mode for level 10 players and above. All the controls will be available at the start of the first round.
A FREE FLIGHT mode will be available. You’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the Dragon’s controls and play against an enemy bot.
Gates of Fire
Changing the number of rounds to a best of 3 + an extra 4th round in case of a draw, in order to avoid the xp draw exploit
Reviewing the sound design in order to make the game mode more epic
Improved the balancing by adding more spawn placements for the flag
General UI/FX improvements to make the objectives clearer
Adding a penalty system for players who leave rounds early
The shop will be open! You’ll be able to spend your earned currencies, but won’t be able to pay with real money
Leaderboard will be available
Global ping improvement
Improved Mouse / Keyboard controls
General sound design improvements to improve the sensation when players hit an enemy
The progression system has been rebalanced. We want the level up system to feel more of an accomplishment
More information on the closed beta can be found on the Century: Age of Ashes closed beta news announcement.
Century: Age of Ashes will be arriving in Early Access on Steam this April. Excited future dragon riders can sign up now on the Century: Age of Ashes Steam page for the Closed Beta sessions. Microsoft Store and Epic Games Store versions will be released at a later date.
Century: Age of Ashes allows players to become legendary dragon riders who rule the skies in this competitive Free-to-Play team-based shooter where skill is the only thing that separates victors from the fallen.
About Century: Age of Ashes:
Currently being developed by a 30-person team in Bordeaux, France, Century: Age of Ashes is launching in Early Access on Steam April 2021! Take flight into this unique multiplayer arena shooter as the next legendary dragon rider! Choose your class, master your dragon, and rule the skies with your team in fast-paced aerial combat.
Century: Age of Ashes is a free-to-play game of multiplayer aerial arena battles where players select one of three classes with distinct abilities, each with their own unique dragon. Compete as a team and rain fire down on your foes!
INTENSE ARENA BATTLES: Compete in intense multiplayer arena battles, master your dragon, and show enemies your power in high speed dogfights. The arena is unforgiving and you must be as well if you want to survive! Triumph with your team in 3 game modes: Carnage (Team Deathmatch), Survival (6v6v6 – Last Team Standing), and Gates of Fire (Capture the Flag)!
CHOOSE YOUR PLAYSTYLE: Experience different play styles with 3 unique classes, each with their own abilities! Shield and disorient as the Windguard, track and destroy as the Marauder, or stealth and trap as the Phantom. How will you choose your path to victory? New classes will be added to the game regularly.
FULL CUSTOMISATION: Stand out on the battlefield with prestigious gear and legendary dragons that only true dragoneers can possess! As you progress, every level gained opens up opportunities to make your class characters and dragons look unique with new customization options. Gain experience in battle to hatch new dragons to ride. As mighty as you may look riding into battle, Century: Age of Ashes is a game of skill where all customisation options are solely cosmetic.
For more information about Century: Age of Ashes, visit www.century-age-of-ashes.com.