Alpha Squad: Have $40, Get Planetside 2 Beta
Haven’t had any luck getting into the Planetside 2 beta thus far? Well, does the Planetside 2 team have some news for you! SOE is offering a special “Alpha Squad” package similar to what MechWarrior Online did earlier in the year with its “Founders Package.” For only $40, you get $40 worth of in-game credits, an exclusive permanent camo set with matching vehicle, armor, and weapon skin, a unique ‘alpha squad’ decal, an exclusive ‘founder’ title, a six-month 10% XP boost and increased resource boost, 12 weapon unlocks for classes on all three empires, and (most importantly) access to the coveted Planetside 2 Beta.
Say what you will about this “pay-to-play” beta access world we live in. We all know that beta access should be about testing the game, not getting to play it early. That being said, games cost a lot of money to make, doubly so in the world of free-to-play games like MWO, Firefall, and Planetside 2. Founders programs like these help get the game from the development stage into release stage. So while the skeptic in me screams at “pre-release purchases” like these, the gamer in me screams, just as loud, “YES LET ME PLAY, NAO!” HiRez did it with Tribes and Smite, Mechwarrior Online just did it, and now Planetside 2 has joined the “pre-pay-party.” Of course, you know who we all have to thank for this new practice of pre-release purchasing? Yep, it’s all Notch’s fault. Damn Minecraft!
If you want to get in the epic Planetside 2 war of the future, head over to their website right now. You can still sign up to get into the beta ‘ye ol’ fashion way,’ too.