A quick update on status: We're basically chasing bugs before we open up the beta. One major concern and the reason we haven't yet, is the serious bug I mentioned in the status update yesterday which we thought was solved but was reported again by two testers this morning as still active. We have to assume it's still there, as we haven't been able to reproduce it.
To simply describe the bug in question: It's a persistence bug: some players, sometimes, will lose all their stuff.
As I said, we haven't been able reproduce it so we need a few more hours to go after it. If we can't find it, we'll launch with it and keep looking for it. We may have to wipe at certain intervals.
Looks like we'll have the beta forum up as well. There are several known issues we'll start posting in the beta forum as soon as it's up.
We'll keep you updated on our progress. Thanks for the patience.