I thought I would introduce you to a new MMO in development by a start-up called Goblinworks Inc. based on the award-winning universe created by Paizo, Golarion.
The game is set to take up much of the framework of Eve Online (the lead developer is Ryan Dancey, formerly of CCP) mixed with some other elements of MMOs that have come our recently. You can find all of the development released so far at http://www.goblinworks.com/blog.
It's still early in the cycle but they are purchasing middleware so that they can cut out engine development and stick to the art assets and mechanics.
They are not intending to take on Blizzard and are rather interested in building a dedicated fanbase and growing the business much like CCP did with Eve Online.