Definitely an improvement - though they really need to speed up some of the combat animations. Personally I wish they'd make it a little more movement oriented. While faster, you're still just standing in one spot doing a rotation. Nothing bad about it, but its nothing new - at least TERA is encouraging movement in their game play. I'm worried about how slow the ATB charges for 2H weapons, cause if its twice as long as the one hander, its not much of a time improvement from the current alpha.
All things considered, a much needed improvement - now lets hope they can streamline that ungodly GUI. Do we really need a mandatory tool-tip for every attack - can we please move the charge bars to the right so as to not take up all the prime viewing real estate? You can move most of the UI elements right now, but you can't do a fucking thing about the action bar or any of the ATB gauges. Another thing they need to fix is the inventory - you can't hot key items to your action bar - that's just for combat actions. You have to manually select inventory from the action bar and scroll down your list to find your item and select yourself to use the item. The damn guildleve display takes up a solid 1/8th of your screen for no good reason... Again, they're tying too much of the game's customization options to the console version when the larger market will be playing it on the PC.