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
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
For anyone with a Kickstarter or Summer Backer pack, an upgrade path exists in the Intrepid Store.