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Seems like NPcube came through. Looks like there will be a limited number of people that will be able to Download the Soft release of the game next month and as mentioned on the AUDIO # 5 Pod Cast that they will indeed get to pay and play through the intial launch and start-up of the game.
It looks as if the first people to enter the game are going to be considered "Settlers of Ganareth". Which makes sense in a game this big.. with the initial people DL and establishing some sort of community and backbone allowing for the massive influx of retail players to enter into a somewhat breathing world.
This also touches on or solidfies the report of limited "pay to test" players that was mentioned in #5 Audio Pod cast a few weeks back. (right Birdseeds ?)