Well, it seems to me thats strictly the reason for several levels of beta, as clearly stated in the post. Closed beta, very small amount of people, aiming to fix the major bugs, probably crashes, and some issues with certain system configs, but not tens of thousands of angry gamers that expect the beta to run flawlessly. Then the open beta at a later point for balancing and fixing remaining issues.
I do agree it's sort of retarded to limit it to only the hardcode of the tribes fans, but on the other hand IMO its likely to get quicker and faster feedback from those people than from thousands of other people that just want to try it out.
This comment was edited on Jun 10, 16:41.