The limited access release (closed beta) begins December 12th, 2016.Only those who applied and were chosen get to be part of it.It might be sometime at the beginning of 2017 or later before the game is officially out to everyone.Hope this helps.
Why everyone keep saying Beta? It didn't says anywhere that the game moved to the next stage. There is a lot of big futures of Mmo's that needs to be added in LoE before it can be officialy be a Beta game. Right now we only have character itself, map, combat and some quests. Most of the skills are still need to be made, crafting none existing and probably other interactive futures as well.
Well if you think about it, the game is pretty much about ready so Closed BETA imo would be an appropriate term to use.