I know what a beta test is. I been beta testing games for around 17 years. you do not need to tell me what a beta test is. And this one smells like a beta test to me. You may not think so and that is your right. They are replacing what a beta test period is with a soft launch. You will be paying to play this game and during this time reporting bugs and problems that they will fix. Things that should be done during a proper beta test which they are not doing. As i said to me all EA is, is a fancy word for beta testing where they can charge you to do it. Hardly any game developers anymore do a proper beta test. And look at the state of MMO's. They figure out if they say soft launch and you keep your characters then you will ignore the fact that it is really a beta test you are paying for. There are certain steps you take in the developement of a game and beta testing is one of them. They are either skipping this very important step or disguising it as a soft launch. And beta testing is a way to get the game out there to the entire world get feed back and fix bugs and all that stuff you mention.
So keep dreaming that this is not a beta you can keep living in your fantasy. But when it is buggy as crap and they are patching every other day to fix them bugs. Guess what that is what happens in a beta.
Wow man, sounds you should probably stop beta testing games and do something to channel that anger.