The real tragedy is that the simple inclusion of 2 *key* components everyone pretty much *expects* in a modern MMORPG : #1: Auction House , #2: Mailbox , would have kept (from leaving) many, MANY, players who have already quit months ago or those who have pretty much made up their mind that they aren't paying once subscriptions start. Despite all the significant improvements that have been made since the initial pile-of-**** that was originally introduced back in Sept. 2010, it is completely baffling that after all this time, we still don't have an AH or Mailbox in this game. I want to walk into the developers' meeting for this game and knock each of them on the head saying "hello? McFly? hello ????" . I honestly have no doubt in my mind that the current server populations would be noticably higher right now if an AH and Mailbox were in the game at the start or at least implemented a long time ago. This is really a shame and really just makes you shake your head.
That being said, I have about 3 months of Crysta that I set up when the CE version of this game was released, and it's been free up til now so I figure I will stay to see what 1.21 has to offer. I'm cautiously optimistic that jobs and new content can breath some new life into the game. Also hoping the eventual server mergers help the online experience as well.
Edited, Jan 5th 2012 1:28am by zpanda