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WAVEN Tests the Waters in a Closed Alpha


After DOFUS and WAKFU, WAVEN is the third major chapter in the story Ankama has been telling for nearly 15 years. Since the afternoon of Wednesday, March 20, more than 1,000 carefully selected players have been battling 1 on 1 in the first alpha version of the game in French.


Roubaix, March 2 5 , 2019 : The World of Twelve, the planet where the heroes in Ankama's games live, has already faced many dangers. After its golden age and the hunt for dragon eggs (the DOFUS era), and then a hope-filled era following terrible chaos (WAKFU), the planet has been plunged, almost literally, in an era of survival faced with rising waters that are more threatening than ever. And so begins WAVEN.

For Anthony Roux, CEO of Ankama and better known as Tot: "It's time for the first assessment of WAVEN. We've worked hard, made progress, and we're now offering you what we think is a nice 1v1 combat mode. At the same time, we're still looking critically at our work because, ultimately, despite all our efforts, we don't know if it's good."


Thus, Ankama's newest born is undergoing a baptism of fire now and over the coming weeks. The team says they are happy and relieved at the smooth launch and first reactions in the forums and on social media. This first important step before the release of the game, slated for 2020, is accompanied by the launch of the website:

With this first closed alpha, the WAVEN team wants to hear players' spontaneous feedback to make any necessary corrections and thus fine-tune the gaming experience.


About the Ankama Group

Ankama is an independent company that creates, publishes and distributes works of entertainment worldwide. From video games to board games, and animation to manga, it controls the production chain of its creations from A to Z. Known for its MMORPGs and the animated series DOFUS and WAKFU, part of a vast universe called the Krosmoz, it released its first full-length feature film in 2016, DOFUS – Book I: Julith.  Its many other creations include: the Krosmaster Arena board game and figurines; the mobile video games Tactile Wars, King Tongue, DOFUS Pogo, Nindash, WAKFU: The Brotherhood for smartphones and tablets; and manga and graphic novels such as Mutafukaz, Shangri-La, City Hall, Radiant, and Freaks' Squeele. Indeed, since 2004, the Ankama teams have been applying the principles of transmedia and creating universes that they develop through multiple stories in multiple media, thereby offering their communities of players, readers and spectators a full and immersive narrative experience across all popular platforms. At Ankama, every story is unique, but they are all interconnected. To get an idea of what's going on at Ankama, take a look at: DOFUS Touch, the tablet and smartphone version of DOFUS, released in late 2016; Krosmaga, the collectible card game combining combat and strategy; season 3 of the animated series WAKFU, aired on France 4 and Netflix France in 2017 (and worldwide from April 2018); and the feature film MUTAFUKAZ with Orelsan, Gringe, and Redouanne Harjane, released in theaters in France on May 23, 2018.

Ankama Head of Communication: Tarak Aoufi,[email protected]