As much as I appreciate finished products, it seems to me that when they allowed pre-orders they had an anticipated release date that has already passed. If not, then the tone sure made it sound like it wasn't going to take this long. Even now, there is nowhere near a firm date on the beta or release, and little to no information about the game is being released(and come now, screenshots are VERY easy to do).
Really... I think this is a case of them announcing WAY to early, underestimating their development time frame, and having no real set info release strategy. Granted, they would never admit this, but we all know that the flow of information here is slower than a snail, which is generally irritating at best.