I'm a big fan of Pantheon, to me it's the last hope. I could tell you right now I'll be sticking by this game for what the game play will be, that's a fact.
HOWEVER, I have my fears about the coding and programming. I'm not a programmer, not even close. I know my ways around hardware and Windows and that's about it.
In my observation and it's only my opinion, the game looks exactly like Vanguard but 10% better. But I don't care about better or even looking like Vanguard at all. I don't care about graphics...... I care about coding, programming, hardware and software compatibles and smooth gameplay.
I know it's pre-alpha, things will change. BUT I see pop-in's of players, disconnected hands, buildings and rocks that have a floating appearance, shore lines that seem off in ways that are hard to explain...... All the graphic problems of Everquest 2 back in 2004, and we all know that games was a coding mess. It was so bad that Blizzard's World of Warcraft excelled way beyond because of it.