They did say they were taking a lot from other MMO's, but I don't think that should have been taken so negatively. I mean the combat seems pretty unique and that's probably the most important aspect of an MMO... They just need to churn out a ton of content, especially endgame content, and make it interesting.
I'm not overly optimistic about this game, but it's certainly the only MMO I'm interested in for 2013. It certainly seems less generic then XIV:ARR.