Hi, I'm a gamer. More specifically, I'm a pretty invested MMORPG gamer. I consider myself reasonably typical, or at least typical enough to be representative of a decent portion of the MMO gaming population. Undoubtedly NOT a majority, but probably enough to support an MMO at a decent level.
Please, please, PLEASE stop making so many fantasy MMORPGs. I think there are something like 376 either coming out this year or currently in beta. They're all essentially the same. The vast majority of them will never see a dime from me. I'm sick to death of them. If I want a fantasy MMO, guess what? I can already get my fantasy MMO fix in almost any flavor I can imagine, and quite frequently for free. All you developers announcing your hot new fantasy MMO are wasting your time.
Make something else. Anything else. Kudos to Funcom for the Secret World. The game may end up sucking, but at least it sounds interesting. At least it's different. I'll at least give Bioware a golf clap for Star Wars: The Old Republic. It may end up being a reskinned fantasy MMORPG, but at least it looks different and is trying a few new things.
I've already beaten the sci-fi thing to death, so I'll leave it be, but what about a modern warfare MMORPG? An economic based world-wide sea trading MMO? Steampunk? Gothic horror? Shadowrun? Robotech? A football MMO where you play an individual player? I mean, come on! I could probably think of 20 games given half an hour, and yet the industry continues to churn out fantasy game after fantasy game after fantasy game. The market is saturated. Let it go already. I understand all the most successful MMOs have been fantasy ones. You're not going to steal that market from WoW.
Seriously, if you HAVE to do yet another fantasy MMO, can you at least do something different with it? Make it a dragon wars setting where everyone rides around on dragons all the time. Set the game in the realm of the fae and have players take on the roles of light and dark sidhe battling it out for supremacy.
Just . . just do something new. Geez.