Ashes of Creations will not be a free-to-play game, as it is a subscription-based title that players will need to pay every month to play. The current price of the subscription is 14.99 USD, and the price will also vary between player regions.
However, you won't need to pay a subscription if you gain access to either the beta or alpha that are set to go live in the upcoming months and weeks before release.
The first alpha, called alpha one, will go live on the 14th of July, and you can gain access to it through either giveaway on the site or by preordering the game.
During this alpha, players will be able to explore the game world, complete quests, and experience some of the many systems the game has to offer, including dungeons and crafting.
That being said, Alpha one will start on the 14th and carry on to the 13th of next month in August, and after that, you will need to wait for the next early access for the game, which will be Alpha two. After Alpha two will come both Beta one and two, all of which don't have official dates yet but will probably get announced closer to their release.
For more on Ashes of Creation, check out How to play Ashes of Creation Alpha