I honestly just wanted a new Wing Commander type game to play through.
I think a lot of people wanted that. All of a sudden, feature after feature got added until a multiplayer capable persistent world became a full blown multi-genre MMO. But hey, there was no feature creep right? We know because they told us in their last PR blog post.
Mixing genres is freaking hard enough to do in linear, single player games. When you add an MMO on top of that, what kind of realistic expectations for a smooth ride can you really hope for?