PlanetSide 2 beta access included with $40 Alpha Squad Package

You really want to get into the PlanetSide 2 beta--but somehow, access hasn't managed to land in your lap. What's a gamer to do? Shell out money, of course.

Sony Online Entertainment is now selling the "Alpha Squad package." The $40 bundle includes 4000 Station Cash, redeemable for in-game items in any SOE game. In addition, it includes an exclusive decal, "Founder" title, exclusive camo set, three weapon unlocks for each of the three empires, and a 10% experience and resource boost for 6 months.

Given 4000 Station Cash is normally worth $40, it's not a bad "value" if you were already planning on spending money in PlanetSide 2's free-to-play economy.

You'll get instant access to the beta upon purchase. "We will flag your account for Beta, which means you can get right in – no key required! Your purchase confirmation email will include instructions on how to get the installer and log-in," a FAQ details. The in-game items will be available once PlanetSide 2 officially launches, "on or before December 31, 2012."