Welcome to the last weekend of Rend Alpha! We've just deployed the last major Alpha game update and are making preparations to transition Rend to its next development milestone: Early Access on Steam. Our testers have been crucial in getting the game ready for this moment: our sincere thanks to everyone who logged into Alpha and shared their experiences with us! Let's look ahead at Rend's Early Access launch schedule.
We will be taking all of the official Alpha servers offline on Monday, July 30 at 10:00 AM PDT (UTC-7). The official servers will be wiped of all game progress and character information and updated for Early Access. The private servers will show as online but all Rend Alpha keys will be deactivated, preventing login.
Rend Early Access will launch on Steam in all regions on Tuesday, July 31 at 10:00 AM PDT (UTC-7). Early Access (or EA) will bring dozens of official servers situated in multiple geographic locations across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. While most will use the Standard game mode, some will feature Conquest mode in which there are no shields protecting the faction bases. We'll be able to scale up the number of official servers per region or game mode as needed.
After Early Access begins, progress on official servers will persist through to the completion of that server's saga (or match) when one faction fills their scoreboard on Yggdrasil and ascends to Valhalla. The Ascension System (or metaprogression) will carry over between sagas, allowing players to unlock special perks and show off unique cosmetics earned through past ascensions. Finally, we're pleased to announce that members of the Rend Partner Program will each receive an Early Access key as a small token of our appreciation for sharing Rend with their audiences.
Rend has travelled a very long way on its journey from last year's small-scale Friends & Family tests to retail launch in the near future. From everyone here at Frostkeep Studios, we are honored to have you joining us for this adventure. See you in Early Access very soon!