MechWarrior Online, president of Piranha Games Russ Bullock stated that the high-quality feedback during its closed beta run has helped bring the game to the point that beta can be opened up to all fans. Commencing October 16th, the open beta period will put all interested players in the pilot seat of giant war machines and pit them against each other in PvP battles.
The Founder's program will officially end on October 14th, two days prior to the start of the open beta. Details about the Founder's packages can be found on the official site.
[Source: Piranha Games press release]