I'd love to play this game, but only as a RPG. MMORPG's are such big time (and money) suckers that I'm completely turned off to them. I prefer stand alone games where only I decide how much time I want to invest in it.
I'm different on this point.
See, I just can't stand the idea of playing any sort of role playing game where I don't play with other players. Maybe it's because I was raised on table top RPG's, I could never get into stand alone games. Like Skyrim for instance - beautiful game... but because I'm alone when I play it.. it's BORING.
I never felt like paying $10-15 USD / month was that big of a deal. It's more expensive going to the movies and a movie only lasts for an hour or two. I can play an MMORPG all month long if I wanted to. Comparatively on a dollar/hour of entertainment value MMORPG's are a far better value for me then most other forms of entertainment.
As for the time it takes to play them... That's another reason I love them. I can sit down with most console games and beat them in 4-6 hours. Then it's just a stupid box sitting on my shelf - often with little to no replay value. At least with MMORPG's it takes days and days to beat them. More value for my dollar (even with the addition of a monthly charge - which every game gives you at least the first 30 days free. Many don't even charge sub fees now.)