I am just not getting the connection so maybe someone will explain this dilemma.
BDO is a PvE themepark (check)
BDO is a PURE PvE sandbox (check)
BDO is a PURE OW FFA PvP sandbox (check)
So how will it fail It covers all of the spectrum?
My thoughts (WOT)
(The first 25 minutes)
First 10 levels are pure themepark quest hub to hub jumps which give you the basic understand of the mechanics of the game play in order to make progression less frustrating.
The PvE that wanted the sandbox and PURE PvP players that though it was suppose to be a sandbox don't see the connection and they immediately log out and say boo..
(the next 8 hours)
After level 10 of rush the world get a less hub to hub (its still there but actually optional) You don't have to do quests since quest experience starts falling off as a means to level. For PURE PvE players they can start to do sandbox elements and level up in many ways so they are happy until 45 at which they get slapped in the face and forced PvP flagged whether they like it or not and the penalty system is saying either flag it up or you are going to be punished.
The system does not warn them or anyway allow then to opt out so they say fuck this and log out saying Boo...
The PURE PvP player that wanted OW FFA PvP had to endure 8 hours of game play (covered)
The PvP player now have a system of complex opt in PvP option that say fight me or else and they have to use PvE methods to work of the penalties or play by the rules the developer has instituted so they log out say boo..
The only ones left are the real hardcore PvP that want to kill each other so they have no sheep, they have no means to level except by their PvE contempt means.