Not a very long panel at PAX Prime, but they did announce that they were going to basically put all the people registered at their site in Alpha after a certain point (I'd have to rewatch it for the rough timeline, but at least > 1month from now).
Yeah.. I'm a little concerned that they are trying too hard to become more like Archeage without being Archeage. This looks like Archeage + GuildWars with very little influence of the EQ-esque MMO's. While I like PvP and some of their ideas, maybe i'm old fashioned, but I need some of that early MMO feel to sell me completely. I'm not completely closing the door but this was disappointing to me instead of encouraging .
And then abandonned the core game for the BR because it was a lot more popular. If for some reason the BR of this becomes successful, why would they bother finishing the mmo? And if it doesn't, it'll have been a nice waste of ressources that could have been used for the mmo.