As of 20 May 2020 the Testing Status for Ashes of Creation is as follows:
May 2020 - Alpha 1 QA and Stress Testing began.
Eligible testers are Phoenix Initiative Members with a Kickstarter Pack of Royalty of Higher
NDA will be in effect Intrepid has shared 90 minutes of 4k Gameplay Footage here.
August 2020 - Alpha 1 QA and Stress Testing resumes with Leaders of Men invites going out
Anyone with a Leaders of Men Package from Kickstarter or the Summer backer program will be getting invities in late July for testing to start in August
The visual NDA will be in effect.
If you have not received your invite and you have a Kickstarter or Summer Backer - Leader's of Men package check your spam folder first to see if your invite got sent there. If you do not have it there, you need to put in a ticket with Intrepid.
Late Summer 2020 - Alpha 1 QA and Stress Testing continues
Testing will continue and Braver of Worlds packages from Kickstarter or the Summer Backer Program will be invited
NDA will be in effect unless otherwise noted by Steven
Fall 2020 - Full Alpha 1 Testing
Eligible testers will be PI, BOW, and Intrepid Pack holders.
NDA should not be in effect at this time
Alpha 2: No Estimate
Beta 1: No Estimate
Beta 2: No Estimate
Apocalypse Testing Phases:
Castle Siege: No Current Estimate
Horde Mode: No Current Estimate
For most people no, Alpha 1 packs stopped being sold in September of 2018. However, Intrepid has discussed the possibility of opening up Alpha 1 sales again.
For anyone with a Kickstarter or Summer Backer pack, an upgrade path exists in the Intrepid Store.