The release phases of AoC (Updated 24/4-2018)

With the alpha testing underway, let's have a brief look at the different phases, and their ETAs:
  • Alpha 0 (Dec. 15 2017) In Progress
    • 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 "0.5" (Late Q3/early Q4 2018) Not started
    • Short test phase ahead of Alpha 1.
    • Part of the Braver of Worlds+ Kickstarter packs.
  • Alpha 1 (Late Q3/early Q4 2018) Not started
    • Steven:
    • Will be divided in two parts, as announced during PAX East. The first phase will focus on their arena modes, castle sieges, city sieges, large player battles, raids and guild fights.
    • There is no NDA during Alpha 1 (and all other phases after that).
    • Part of the Braver of Worlds+ Kickstarter packs. You can also buy access NOW through their shop, if you buy the 500 USD pack.
  • Alpha 2 (2018/2019) 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.
    • Part of Founder+ Kickstarter packs, as well as in their shop if you buy the 250 USD pack.
  • Beta 0 "raffle beta" (2018/2019) 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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Frode Hanøy

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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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