Continuing the crowfall discussion from the Albion Online Thread.
ACE has announced that the first alpha test will be this summer. It will consist of the higher tier of KS Backers and then randomly selected people who are signed up for testing until they have enough.
They have said outright that many features will not be accessible and that this test is purely to test the Combat system and specifically PvP Combat.
Not every class will be available and some classes may have abilities that they would not normally have for the purpose of testing.
They have said that there will not be an NDA, so people will be able to discuss the gameplay on the forums and whatnot, but that it will definitely lack polish and not reflect the finished product.
you can see the full article on their upcoming combat test put out by ACE here.