My LS had over 100 members and a rather active forum back when the game launched. Since then it has twindled down to perhaps 30 members logging in at most, and the forum has virtually stopped being visited.
There has been a noticeable drop in players in-game on my server. Where it used to be packed in certain areas, now its only small groups. I would be really interested in seeing the server populations, but I don't think that information is available to us.
What concerns me most with so many players leaving is that we're still in the free months. People aren't being charged, but even giving it to them with no subscription they still aren't willing to log in. That is indicative of a much larger problem than an annoying UI and clumsy market system. We're talking about people just not liking the game itself.
With no new content planned until the December update, I'm seriously worried about what will happen on the 22nd. If so many have already stopped playing when its not costing them a monthly fee, how many more are going to leave once the free time runs out? I'll admit that I still haven't added any aubscription info to my account, and whether I do or not will depend entirely upon the November patch.
I'm one of those people that has stopped logging in even though it's free.
I like the crafting system, but it has grown old fast. I dislike having to make the same product 150x just to gain one level, and each synth is far too time consuming.
I actually really enjoy fishing, but HATE the +1, +2, +3 items. I have to have about 30 free spaces in my inventory or else I end up throwing half of my catches away because inventory gets filled too fast. This might be okay if I were able to dump a bunch of my inventory on retainers, but since we are currently are limited to 1, that is not possible.
I completely 100% hate the battle system in game and find no enjoyment soloing and partying is flawed.
So since the announcement of an extra month free, I have logged in twice for probably a total of 4 hours. It just isn't fun, which is diappointing because I had high hopes for this game and saw potential in it. My guess though is that the "big update" will come AFTER November 22nd so that people have to subscribe for one month first to see the new changes. I personally don't think that I can tolerate waiting that long, and have a strong feeling that I will be disappointed even when the patch comes. I sincerely hope that SE proves me wrong, because I want the game to be successful and fun.