Now THIS looks like a pretty cool MMO! If it truly has no grind, then in terms of time, I think it is taking a step in the right direction.
There's no grinding, at least for your character.
To improve your items, you have to go and collect energy orbs that they drop.
Of course they always drop it.
It's going to be pointless to grind for these, especially if you switch weapons.
And there isn't like a sequential weapon order.
There are different swords and guns with different uses.
It still sounds better than waste your time killing a single thing over and over again just hoping you'll get an item, only to repeat the same process over and over again, with the creature doing the exact same thing each time. I hate it when games do that.
The only game where I actually like it in is in the Monster Hunter series, in which fighting the creatures they always do something different than last time keeping fighting in fun, and beating them is quite rewarding and even if you don't get what you want, the rest of the stuff you get is still worth it. When you grind in that game, it might take awhile to get some item you might want sometimes, but at least you are gaining benefits for other parts of the game too. One of the only games where grinding is actually not that bad, fun even I would say.
This one doesn't sound too bad either, as in terms of getting something specific, you don't need too, so at least luck won't play against you as much, at least that is what I get from what you are saying.
Anyways, this game looks quite fun. Maybe I would like to try it out, but for right now I think I'll wait a bit before asking. Pretty busy right now, so I think that some of the other people who don't have as much work as I do right now should get a shot at the game first.