when i saw the headline i wanted to say rockstar.
and then i remember that they’ve been hard gating their worlds/games since before that was a thing to do in the mmorpg genre.
but hell, i’d kill for rdr the mmo featuring the breadth of activities and more of that game in particular the random events, on winpc, without the consolitis, and with a larger world map, and more fleshed out player interaction systems. wether you want to be an outlaw, a lawman/bounty hunter, a banker a bartender a barber or a rancher. or simply a mountain man of the old southwest.
beyond that… idk. i can see obsidian pulling together amazing systems and character building, with some great writing… if they were ever given the proper funding to do so without the bullshit they invariably get by their employers.
the rest of the more obvious high profile developers are too stuck with their design cliches i think. which are either the antithesis of mmoness or just plain tired at this point. or otherwise simply not realistic to make a half decent game of this or any other genre but might have pretty graphics and a huge marketting budget.