Newsletter #29 announced the Standard Beta will launch on the 29th of July.
No details of planned features are given, but the newsletter contains the following tantalizing comment;
“Over the next few weeks we will be outlining the fantastic new features and content that we will add to the Beta – it’s a huge release, so ‘watch this space’ for more information.”
Note: The Lifetime Expansion Pass will be withdrawn from sale on the same date.
At the moment you can buy the Premium Beta ($150), which includes the Lifetime Expansion Pass, or pre-order the Standard Beta ($75) or full-release ($50) and purchase the Lifetime Expansion Pass separately ($50), if you wish.
After 29 July, the Lifetime Expansion Pass will no longer be available, meaning you will need to pay for every future expansion separately to access the new content and features they include. If you think you are likely to enjoy this game, and have not bought into the Alpha or Premium Beta, then I would advise buying the Lifetime Expansion Pass, unless money is tight for you right now.
Edit: See Cops, comms, cliques & cosmetics for more details of the Standard Beta.