You've been warned in the title. I'm not a forum troll by disposition, this whole site and the forums on it just amaze me. Allow me to elaborate.
I've seen lots of MMORPG's over the years offer this type of sandbox feature list. All of them have ended up either:
1) Never released.
2) A horrible buggy game barely resembling the original idea.
3) A flat out scam.
I work professionally as a software developer, and 90% of the time I've been burned on contracting work it was by Nevada corporations. If you ever paid attention, most of the shifty quasi legal Spyware and Ad-ware companies are incorporated out of Nevada. They set up in NV because Nevada corporations are harder to sue than corporations in any other state, and easiest to maintain and run relatively anonymously.
A game with a feature list this large and innovative would be expected to have an extended Alpha test, and many Beta phases that collectively last a year or more. But...they are going straight from closed testing to release? How they convinced so many of you to pre-order is frankly beyond me. Its completely implausible to anyone who works on software for a living writing code or managing projects.
I've been waiting for a game like this for a long time; I think many of the people here have. I followed Trials of Ascension, Horizons, etc. I doubt this game is it, but I'll lurk in the shadows a little while to see how this pre-order thing plays out for those involved.
Until then please humor me with the answer to my burning question; How did you, the responder to this thread, personally rationalize your pre-order purchase?