I agree there is a lack of progress and a lot of fluffy words. In my own opinion i doubt they will give us access to anything in 2019.
If we look at the track record there is not much hope i mean they said they were ready to go with D&SS selection first in December but opted to wait due to holidays.
8 Months later it is not even done, so how ready is really the Pre-Elyria client? All we really seen are small demos recorded in engine. We have not actually seen a working client. My impression is that they may exaggerate a bit to make things seem further along than they are at times.
If you don't want to be disappointed then dont expect anything.