Pretty sure hours played on Steam is a Steam-side thing, I'm not sure the Devs have the ability to change that.
I'm not aware of any official communication about how wiping our progress will go now that the release date has been pushed back. Wiping out a few weeks of play is one thing, I don't know if they'll wipe out a few months of play.
@maa_bunny I’m pretty sure they still will but I was thinking it would be cool that if you made it to at least say level 20 maybe 30 we got gifted a few customization credits. Not a ton maybe 600 to buy some shoes and a shirt lol. I dunno wishful thinking. (Maybe a timed XP boost)!
ALPHA/BETA tag next to your name in game (toggleable of course), Weapon skin that only we got, badge that shows up somewhere on our character (kinda like a police badge), customization credits, xp/credit booster, all of these are great ideas for rewarding or thanking alpha and beta testers. Shows the devs care and appreciate us