Early access is the week before the release of the game.
Beta phase 4 is still part of the beta test and is subject to change between the test and early access.
Thanks for the clarification!
To be clear, Early Access is a preorder bonus wherein you get a code for early access to the actual launch of the game. This will presumably be after the end of Phase 4. It wouldn't make sense to offer early access as a preorder bonus when the game is already available to everyone via the open beta.
Ounce you preorder, you get an early access code that lets you into the launch version of the game a week (?) earlier than people who didn't preorder.
See, I thought beta sign up was going to be cut off soon, and since Phase 4 would not result in a character wipe, those people who pre-ordered would simply join the beta testers in Phase 4. I thought it was going to overlap. Edited, Jun 26th 2013 10:22am by Yotis Edited, Jun 26th 2013 10:26am by Yotis