Thank you for replying. Your answer was helpful. I guess we will have more info when the next State of The Game is published.Technically Alpha is just a milestone. The work doesn't start or stop because of that, it's ongoing. Holidays have probably slowed things down a little though.
If you are indirectly asking whether there will be a public beta, that's rather unlikely. They have never done anything like that in the past. On console, the only ones who do public betas are those who work on massive multiplayer games. They do that primarily to test how much capacity they will need to purchase for the servers.
I understand your excitement though.
Btw I'm not affiliated with the developers in any way, I'm just a long-time resident here that has seen a lot of water flow under the bridge.