Ashes of Creation Tank Archetype
A Deep Dive Into the Ashes of Creation Tank Archetype
Intrepid studios has unveiled details behind the Ashes of Creation Tank archetype in their first development update of 2023. This is the second archetype demo the developer has uploaded to their YouTube channel, and the latest teaser to tantalize prospective players ahead of release. Though we're not sure how much more teasing we can take.
The Ashes of Creation Tank archetype comprises one of eight primary archetypes that players can choose between in their adventures in Verra. Mage, Summoner, Cleric, Bard, Fighter, Ranger, and Rogue make up the remaining seven.
Each of these classes can then combine with another to create a whole new class, such as the Knight (Tank/Fighter), Paladin (Tank/Cleric), or Guardian (Tank/Tank). Suffice it to say that this breadth of choice is one of AoC's most anticipated features.
Intrepid Studios gave Tank mains even more reason to get excited, however, with the Ashes of Creation Tank showcase featuring a greatsword-wielding Stephen Sharif in the leading role. The stream began with a showcase of some pretty fundamental Tank skills, including a shield bash and threat-evoking AoE slash.
Grit, meanwhile, is a damage-limitation ability that can be popped instantly, including in mid-swing. And courage is the Tank's stackable ability that achieves the same result. The stream also showcased AoC's satisfying active blocking mechanics.
Certain skills will also allow the Tank to absorb damage taken by other party members - which not only gives the Tank an active role beyond battlefield manipulation, but provides extra incentive for PvPers to target the Tank first.
Aside from the standard tanky mechanics, it's hard to ignore how sleek the game is looking. A stand-out moment was how abilities interact with the environment, such as how the grass flattens in response to the Tank's shout. Those concerned with such flashy features strangling their GPU, however, will be pleased to hear that these animations can be toggled off.
Ashes of Creation is still a while off a final release, but regular updates like these are pretty promising insights into how far the game is progressing. Those that can't wait can sign up to be a tester in the meantime, however.