Busterzperson, the funds are only deducted when it is released. Its likely you're looking at something else.
Sorry we don't have a date for the beta release. We aren't going to give quite as much advanced warning this time due to the negative feedback when we had to push it ahead last time.
probably better this way. in this industry, pressure can cost you enourmously and the best way to avoid pressure is to avoid fixed dates (externally at least).
another example. last week the expansion to the sequel of a very nice action-rpf was released. the sequel was already bugged as hell, as was last week's release. but it had to get out to make it for quarter sales numbers. *sigh* they'll never learn.
incidentally ... oh my, that would lead really off topic, how I could talk and talk ...
anyways, hopefully we do get a heads up before beta starts. starting impulse and suddenly seeing it would be a nice surprise, but some people have plans and might need to organise accordingly to have ample time.