I have no real opinion on the exploit maps, but if players are power-leveling to get to the level 60 cap and the ‘endgame’ what will they actually be doing? This Youtube interview with a Cryptic big-wig (Jack Emmert, 2:48 onwards) last October includes a brief mention of tougher PVE content and PVP as endgame. I’m somewhat concerned over the idea of a mixed PVE/PVP zone – if this is Allods all over again (i.e. forced PVP) then we’ll be ignoring that zone completely.
The secret weapon in Neverwinter is the Foundry as a source for new player generated PVE content. Beyond that, I’ll certainly be leveling a few classes to cap. However I’ll probably wait for some new classes to come out before rushing to start on a proper ‘alt’ character. Other than the cleric I think the basic set of five characters are thematically rather bland. A ranger or druid would certainly get me excited again about leveling a second character.