I personally haven't been a huge MMORPG player since World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. Occasionally I'll get an urge to participate in some current MMORPGs, but when it comes down to it, I finally end up deciding that I want to jump in on a new MMORPG. If you think about it, people tend to think that WoW was at its prime during the Vanilla and Burning Crusade days. There'd be no point in starting a new character on a game like Lineage 2 or LOTRO, their primes surely have long past. I'd personally like to say that I've been there since day 1 of the game (or earlier if there's some sort of open beta system implemented), and really do my best to develop a single character to get that name out there.
With that intro out of the way, what are some promising upcoming MMORPGs? I'll list some of the ones I'm aware of.
1) The Elder Scrolls Online - I personally played the open beta, not for very long as I actually have a social life and am involved in a University, but from what little I've played (The Tutorial and a few levels worth of questing), it seems interesting. I'm personally a big PvP guy, especially if there are hardcore elements involved (Darkfall / EVE), but unfortunately I wasn't able to experience the PvP in this game. I definitely enjoyed the First Person perspective, it really did feel like an Elder Scrolls game, that's for sure.
2) The Repopulation - Haven't tried any of the Alpha / Beta gameplay, but from what I've seen it looks really interesting. I love the fact there will be a Hardcore PvP server, and I like the idea of crafting, buildings, and sieges being implemented into the game. This is probably the main game I'll be looking towards in the mean time. The only issue I have with "Hardcore MMOs" like Darkfall, Mortal Online, etc. is that they tend to be very rough, they're not very polished and the actual act of playing in the game tends to feel very clunky. We'll see how it turns out, but I don't really expect this game to be nearly as fluid as a game like WoW. The fact it's Free To Play is enough for me to invest quite a few hours into it.
3) Blizzard's "Titan" - My personal perspective regarding this game is that I want to be a part of it as soon as it comes out. Blizzard is considered very famous and successful for World of Warcraft, so to hear that they're making a second MMO is exceptionally exciting, even if little information has been given and they keep on delaying it. I hope they keep the same Open World PvP system in place, and I hope that they maybe even add some more Hardcore elements.
Are there any games you guys consider "promising upcoming mmorpgs?"