I've only read negative things about this game since the Korean release. This must be the least hyped game in a long while. But my first 10h in game have been wonderful. I agree with almost all design decisions (I love automating as a replacement for teleports for example) . This feels like the game I've been waiting for since vanguard. Only less theme park (which works better for me nowadays). The sheer amount of things you can do is astounding.
I fun side note. After about 10min of overcrowded questing I went off the beaten path to grind mobs (oh how I have missed mob grinding!). I was so happy I could just grind mobs instead of being forced into questing!
The only negative so far seems to be the lack of visual gear customization, something that sadly vary well could end up scaring me away. I wanna put as much care into my clothes as I did into my physique when creating my character.
I get that most people don't like the sandboxy nature of the game, but for me this is wonderful!