For the record I'm still here and lurk every month or so, finally got a civil response via pm from a dev who doesn't suffer from unwarranted self importance, obviously not under this name and behind 7 proxys. Also kinda lost interest since even if this does ever release it will probably be 3 years from then before the next chapter gets released but hey it's free and free is either **** quality, or good quality (like this) but takes forever. I realize that now and nowadays play what I consider 'the best' games released NOW rather than waiting for something AWESOME (Jumpgate Evolution/Infinity Universe anyone?) but will probably never come. Until closed beta has started and the game is playable there is no point marking your calander, hope you learn from my mistakes. These folks probably have a job and family IRL and does this only as a casual hobby, spending less time on it than we spend on our fav mmo so yes it will take a loooong time. I know cos I made mods before and worked with casual 'on the weekend' studios, and stuff never gets done or gets done and then lack of updates for anything less than a professional, dedicated effort. Not saying that is wrong but at least say it up front instead of crpytic 'we don't know'. Of course you don't know because you have a life.
Oh and not going to say too much (for fear someone may get in trouble with actually talking to me), but release window was supposedly 'in a matter of months' and not 'years' however don't get your hopes up that was a loooong time ago, talked sometime last year.
Don't get excited over the distant future, plenty of great games to play now, tomorrow's games will always be awesome but when you finally get it, something more awesome will be in the pipe. Chill, probably a hobby project between a group of 30somethings with a job and kids, something many of us probably will never understand. Why tie yourself up and be a slave to some 'family' I will never understand. Gamer4lyfe