There is a vast difference between soldiers, and police. Soldiers kill people, and break things. Police (in the old days known as Peace Officers...) are there to maintain the peace, and deescalate situations before they get out of control.
When you mix the two roles, BAD things happen, as we've seen countless examples of over the years.
I notice that you didn't mention Wildstar, Bill... I continue to be amazed that NCsoft hasn't pulled the plug yet. From what I hear (rumor) its the pet project of someone in the upper management over there. Given NCsofts long history of axing western games, I'm wondering how long even that will save them.
Its too bad, as its not a bad game. It does have fun elements, but it tries to be too many things, to too many people. Not to mention the earlier "hard core" focus, in an age of casuals...
Kyleran, given the inherent nature of software development, attempting to put more than a year date is a fools game. Especially for such a highly complex series of systems as those used by the typical modern MMO. It takes as long as it takes. Even highly experienced developers can't *honestly* do more than that.