Firstly I would love to thank the GMs & Devs of this game, for all of the hard work they have done to keep it going for so long. I am a lifetime sub, and I feel as though it has paid for itself in the long run. I have made a huge variety of acquaintances and friends that I would hope continue to keep in contact with me.
However there is a clear sign that the active in-game population is on a massive decline. It's a problem that can be fixed with the right approach. Revamping the Archery powerset was a good start, but it wasn't enough to keep peoples attention for very long. Many people I communicate with are only playing for a specific amount of time, enjoying what limited content there is for end game fun. Then moving over to other games and spending much more time on them. Finding much more enjoyment. Even I have found myself only staying on CO for less time than I usually did because I am finding its lackluster from it's former allure. I can only make new characters so many times before I grow bored. I have four pages of characters as it is, and they are all uniquely designed.
But it's time to offer players something that will keep them around, and will keep them engaged with this game.
Of course I have thought of a few suggestions, some probably in the works and some potentially ideas other players have shared in the past. These are informed from feedback of my friends in the game, and spending time brainstorming over what could be done to get the player base back to its former glory.
1. Obviously more content is the top of the list. Cosmetics, costume contests, and key packs are nice. But those are a superficial band-aid to the problem that is bleeding through these efforts. It's time to implement content, expand on city maps, and create more social hubs for players to enjoy. (I.E. Multifaria could be used to implement a Villains Origin background to cater to the less than heroic player.)
2. A new power set. Water powers are teased, but an actual Aquatic archetype has yet to be created for players. "The Amphibian" archetype could be released, and generate at least limited interest into this game again by the player base. In which would give Devs time to create more fulfilling content.
3. A much needed graphics update to add some sparkle and shine, on what's already available.
4. More transparency in announcements and communication as to what is being done for the games longevity. Earlier announcements, explaining that there is an active approach from our beloved Devs & Gms. Taking this problem seriously is what some players would love to see, and they'd feel appreciated for their long continued patronage. Too many times there are GMs sitting in a zone saying absolutely nothing. While players notice them doing nothing but standing by a statue.
Please do something, and soon. I am sure I am not the only player who is noticing this decline, and is concerned by it.