Trion's new ArcheAge community manager Evan "Scapes" Berman has taken to the ArcheAge Source fansite with a long letter to discuss plans for the game in 2014. Among other things, Scapes mentioned that the alpha, currently in friends and family testing, will be expanded after this week's GDC. The team has big plans for GDC, including a new demo and a live stream event to be held on March 21st.
On that note, I also understand there are concerns about some of the pending changes to the game. Allow me to say this here and now: both Trion Worlds and XLGames want ArcheAge to be a free-to-play sandbox that fits our “No Tricks, No Traps” vision and will make development decisions for to achieve that goal in Trion’s territories. There are a couple of important recent examples we’d love to share: XLGames has agreed to our request that racial quests grant experience (which had been removed) and that mounts/gliders purchased from the cash shop provide solid value and fun, while earned and crafted items are objectively superior.
TLDR: I’m excited to be your point of contact for ArcheAge in the Americas and Europe and we have a lot of news coming up about bringing the game to you as quickly as possible. See you around here on ArcheAge Source and, in a little while, the official Trion forums.
Read the full, and very informative, post at the link above.