I expect things to happen just like GNOME3:
STEP 1: Big change, didn't really think that one out...
STEP 2: Community outrage, people whining, people migrating away
STEP 3: Some development versions away, things actually starts to work, requested features are being added
STEP 4: We get to a pretty nice project in itself, it has identity, it has what was intended, it has far less users (ungrateful bastards!!!)
Should we get involved into the design of systemd and make it take on our own problems I'm sure it will turn out just fine. After all, the stakes are high, the stakes are many. I for one eagerly await for systemd to add plain text log/config support, just like mother UNIX wanted. Until then begone!