I rarely write negative reviews, but this game is one of those games that I feel I must warn people about. As a note: I played the Alpha before this version was released so my playtime is actually above what is listed here.
Given the locked price after release there will be two problems, the player base will stagnate (making the game even worse) and only the 'hardcore' fans will stay playing (again, making the game even more difficult for newbies and therefore worse). I will be very surprised if he does make it, but this game is not Minecraft so it really shouldn't follow that pricing model. It has very little appeal and it has very little replay value, and I would hardly consider it an "MMO".
This is not "hur-dur the graphics sux". This is just saying the gameplay is too vague with regards to what you have to do. As other reviewers said, it's better if your family is out of the equation, and it's only really easy to keep your house well protected and your family up there if you have enough cash.
Unless he goes back to the drawing board and rebalances the entire game and makes actual "neighborhoods" and improves on how the game plays, looks, controls, and feels this game will just remain unplayable. A game should be fun, and this game just isn't.
For now, I'd recommend playing some other "MMO" if you're into actually doing something. This is just 'fix up your house and wait for someone to either rob you blind or kill your family or you die trying to do the same'. Kind of boring. There's really nothing extra in this 'game' to do.
I actually regret buying this 'game' and I feel kind of bad giving it a negative review because it is a good concept just horribly executed.