Well, this is mildly interesting.
When we first started talking about CCP's MMOFPS DUST 514 , the developers mentioned an initial "cover charge" that consumers would pay to download the game. However, since that time DUST 514 has become free-to-play, so if you don't wish to pay right off the bat, you don't have to.
And yet, that "cover charge" appears to be an option…in the form of the Mercenary Pack, which should be available today on the PlayStation Network. This pack offers plenty of exclusive items, such as additional armor and weapons and best of all, an all-access pass to the closed beta test being conducted throughout the summer. Interestingly enough, it also includes 4,000 Aurum, which is the game's currency. That translates to $20, the same price as that "cover charge" we were going to see, and the price of the Mercenary Pack.
So like, you can get into the beta ahead of time and you get a bunch of extra stuff others won't get (at least, not immediately). Maybe they just decided that without the $20 entry fee, they'd find another way to charge $20 for something . But hey, it's still free-to-play, so why complain?
Related Game(s): DUST 514