Initial development of ArcheAge began in 2011, and closed testing of the game took place over two years. Before finally being released in Korea on January 15, 2013, the game went through five closed beta tests and one open beta test.  In 2012, an XL Games studio representative said he expected ArcheAge to be released in North America towards the end of 2013, or the beginning of 2014.  In 2014 a newly hired CM stated the game will be transitioning into beta phase and will release for North America and the EU in 2014.  Announcements made in July, indicate the launch of the beta phase for July 17, 2014.  On April 24, 2014, Trionstarted to offer founder packs , for early alpha and beta access.