The release phases of AoC (Updated 10/9-2018)

With the alpha testing underway, let's have a brief look at the different phases, and their ETAs.
For more detailed info on Alpha 1, check this article.
  • Alpha 0 (Dec. 15 2017) Completed
    • NDA. The NDA might get lifted later in A0, but it has not been confirmed when.
    • You can gain access through community raffles on their official website, Twitch stream giveaways, discord giveaways etc.
  • Alpha 1 "Stress Test" (Sept. 7 2018, lasting for 3 weeks) In Progress
    • Short test phase ahead of Alpha 1 to stress test the servers.
    • Visual NDA in effect for first week, and possibly longer.
    • Access based on Kickstarter backer tier, then summerbacker, then website pre-order pack. 1st week ~450 testers, 2nd week ~2000 testers, 3rd week ~5000 testers.
  • Alpha 1 - Phase 1 with battlegrounds (End of September 2018) Not Started
    • 100 players in a last man standing mode.
    • Action combat only.
    • There is no NDA during Alpha 1 (and all other phases after that).
    • Open to all registered accounts 1 month later.
    • Part of the Braver of Worlds+ Kickstarter packs. It was also part of the Intrepid pre-order pack, but it is no longer being sold.
  • Alpha 1 - Phase 1 with city siege mode (End of December 2018) Not Started
    • 100 vs 100 city siege.
    • Objective based.
    • Siege weapons.
    • Guild-mode where you can invite 20 of your guild mates to a match.
  • Alpha 1 - Phase 1 with horde mode (End of March 2019) Not Started
    • Co-op objectives, select either defender or attacker.
    • Increasing difficulty for each wave.
    • Various merchant systems and boss mechanics.
  • Alpha 1 - Phase 2 (Q2 2019) Not Started
    • Action combat system integrated with the tab target system
    • Progression to level 20.
    • Nodes will be fully featured and progress to level 3
    • 4 out of 9 races available.
    • All 8 base-class archetypes available.
    • 25% of the total world map implemented.
    • Concurrent server population: 1500.
    • 2-3 servers.
  • Alpha 2 (Q3 2019) Not Started
    • Persistent alpha, meaning access to the testing server will remain open and available till launch.
    • It will also become the public test server (PTS) when the game goes live. You can test new features here then, before they hit live servers.
    • Tulnar race.
    • Part of Founder+ Kickstarter packs, as well as in their shop if you buy the 250 USD pack.
  • Beta 0 "raffle beta" (2019) Not Started
    • There has been some keys given out to this phase in the weekly key drawings. You cannot buy entry to this phase.
    • More details will probably be released as we get nearer to the beta stage.
  • Beta 1 (2019) Not Started
    • Part of Pioneer+ Kickstarter packs, as well as in their shop if you buy the 150 USD pack.
  • Beta 2 (2019) Not Started
    • Part of the Settler+ Kickstarter packs, as well as in their shop if you buy any of the packs, with the cheapest being the 75 USD pack.
    • There will be a server wipe before the game goes out of beta.
Non-Test phases:
  • Headstart (Q4 2019/Q1 2020)
    • Separate headstart servers.
    • Players can explore and level their character as normal.
    • Node system will be deactivated.
  • Launch (Q4 2019/Q1 2020)
    • Non-headstart servers goes live!
 
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Interview here
Do you have a timeline for Ashes of Creation Alpha and Beta testing?
We just announced that our Alpha 0 is scheduled for December 15, 2017. That is our raffle only Alpha that will also grant access to some media and influencers. You cannot purchase into that Alpha. Our Alpha testing is scheduled all throughout 2018, and that is going to be for people who participated in our Kickstarter. We hope for our Beta to begin at the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019.

Thanks for @Shunex for the heads up on this info!
 

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Can't wait for Alpha 1 & 2. Mostly 2 because that means streaming every day :)
The wait is unbearable! I don't have access to Alpha 1 (but from A2 and onward), so I really hope we'll see Alpha 2 during the fall :)
 

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Yeah I was surprised when I read the interview where Steven said we might see even Beta this year, like wth.
 

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Yeah I was surprised when I read the interview where Steven said we might see even Beta this year, like wth.
Yeah will be interesting to see how that goes. I think that's very optimistic. But great if it works out :D If he plans to get B0 going before the end of the year, then I think we will have to get A1 during the summer. June/July. Then A2 sometime in September/October.
 

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Although this Alpha 0.5 that was mentioned during the DCN interview.... how many stage's are they going to keep adding in lol.
 

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Although this Alpha 0.5 that was mentioned during the DCN interview.... how many stage's are they going to keep adding in lol.
haha I know right. Though this seemed like a super short "test" ahead of Alpha 1, and as a nice nod to those BoW KS backers. Okay gesture I guess :)
 

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haha I know right. Though this seemed like a super short "test" ahead of Alpha 1, and as a nice nod to those BoW KS backers. Okay gesture I guess :)
i think it's to cover their butt's over the whole "earliest access to ashes" debacle tbh
 

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Came across this in discord, as well
 

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