Either if you wanna read all this or not, check out the trailer(link at the bottom) anyway, i think its awesom. Especially from 2:30-3:00.
There was AoC wich i think we can agree, didn't really make an impact in the MMO-genre. There was LotRO wich i think was the most solid alternative to WoW, and the only (I think) MMO since WoW to have an expansion. There was WAR wich focused on PVP and tbh i don't know how well it is doing these days. Soon there is AION wich I know only little about and now to the reason of this post: Star Wars - The Old republic.
I never played Star Wars Galaxies, so I can't say much about Star Wars as an MMO. The game's big thing atm is that it will be an MMO build on story. I have played both the KotOR games and i loved them, but how do you think story will work in a MMO?
They say that each class will have a unique story that will develop through the game and be effected by every choise the player make. Suposibly it will not be anything like another MMO has seen before; it have more debth and length, so its not just a "starting area" for each class, but even at points in the game where classes must work together, each class and each player have its own view on the problem at hand.
I think it sounds like something that could be really great, but it doesn't sound much like an MMO. Bioware is behind the game and they have produced some solid games, but will this be too much?
Game's website: www.swtor.com