As an Eve player, I expect certain things.
I expect to be able to log on almost 24 hours per day. There will be times that Eve is down and I will grumble about it. That includes grumbling about downtime during my AU timezone.
I expect to be able to shoot things. Some things to shoot will be structures, some will be red crosses, some will be other player ships and pods. I hear that some players even shoot rocks. There will however be times that I will need to travel a long distance to find my particular form of target.
I expect to be hunted. I expect that if I do everything right, I will get away many times. I will be elated when I get away, and devastated when I don't. I expect those hunting me to have 'complementary' feelings (in that if I am happy - they probably are not. If I become devastated, they are probably happy).
Some days I expect to be bait and you to try to take me down. If I am better on the day, I will be avenged and you will lose more than I do. Other days I will fail.
I expect to have opportunities to make ISK, even if I am sometimes bad at it. When I find a good niche I hope to make a lot of ISK. As a side note, I prefer my ISK 'indirect', and prefer loot that needs to be hauled rather than ISK to be put directly into a wallet.
I expect a place to live in game. I expect to be moved along sometimes. I expect in turn to move others along at other times.
I expect a circle of nerf. If any one style/fit/game play becomes completely dominant, CCP will iterate on it. Sometimes CCP will over-nerf. Other times they will under-nerf. (My poor underused Ishtar)
But there are some things I do not expect. If I want the game to be new, shiny and exciting, I know I need to do new and untried things. I will like some of those things, and will dislike others.
One thing I learned doing PI, if one area is short on a resource, whether due to overfarming or just market changes make it unprofitable, then move to another area.
Some hunters could learn the same things. With consolidation in null, these regions will become target rich but potentially more dangerous. Both are good things.