So I realize this is probably a very potential shitstorm waiting to happen (Sorry Deep), but as you will see I have some real concerns about wtf is going on in this game.
Pictured below is the hourly population of H4 to the present. As I assume with any other game you have the release highs that can be tossed out with with the lowest numbers. I think it is also safe to assume that a "Holiday bump" can be tossed or at the very least averaged out. I have also supplied the link to go to HaloCharts for people to review the charts (multiple charts based on population) if you want to.
The argument has mostly been that the Non Competitive crowd has always been the majority of the population for MP. This game as it was/is currently released was set up for the "casual" crowd, yet we have seen a fall off of about 70-75% of the population. Is this due to a broken game, not enough maps, Halo burn out, FPS burnout or gaming burnout?
Now you might say to yourself, "ok doom and gloom/Mayan Apocalypse/Doomsday Prepper" I think you are being a little fucking insane...Well even I would have said the same thing if someone else would have posted the same thing I am without visual evidence to support it, but here I am posting data you can see for yourselves. Even if you take out the highs and lows the trend is going down...NOT leveling off. You get a bump for holidays and new maps only to start the downward trend again. So as much as I do not like to say it, the game is in trouble and just one thing is not going to fix it.
Now you might be saying "LB wtf do you know, have you really played the game enough to tell?" The answer is yeah, if you want to check my stats my gt is Lbsutke and I am will to bet my playtime in this game is probably within the top 10% of this site and probably pretty high on the overall playtime of H4 in general. (actually kind of bothers me that is true, but meh). I play comp stuff, Inf. Slayer stuff and BTB. I am not in the it is all Comp all the time Camp as I am also not in the I want to have 200% movement speed and 5% gravity and fly around the map camp. I am pretty much in the middle. (with the expeception of flood and GB, not my cup of tea). I follow comp people, 343 and other Halo community people on twitter. I read there forum posts, (try to filter out what is trolling and what is not) and I see a lot of repeated concerns that all groups are sharing. So I am pretty confident that I am in the wheelhouse of what 343 designed the game for, yet I am left scratching my head thinking, is this all I am going to get.
IMO this is what needs to happen to bring up the population:
Release more fucking maps, all your playlists are stale and we are just over 60 days out from release. That is pitifull. DLC does not count due to the fact your player population is not guarenteed to have the dlc. You have 2 maps that are on the disc that eveyrone has you have not put into circulation. Stop with the PR bullshit of "uh sorry but split screeners are having problems with map x" guess what split screeners are a very small populatoin of your player population, put that shit into mm ASAP. You argument that you do not design things for just the comp community is that it is a minor part of the player pop., well guess what, split screeners are even less then that. Revine and Impact can be used for slayer, flag, koth, extraction, without much tweeking at all if not no tweeking..
Fix and adjust the annoying issues still in the game. Bolt shot needs big time nerfing, pairing up and playing against other people in other countries is painfull at best (give me the option to play on my own god damn continent)(I play at all times during the day and run into these issues, so it is not just a specific thing). Accessibilty of communty made maps needs to be better then the giant shit sandwich we have now.
I think the net code is meh to ok in its current form, but the majority of us have all had more then just the odd game of being on the wrong side of host. It does not happen a small percentage of times and other Halo games have not had this amount of latency/connection to the host/wtf is going on moments. This is not your first rodeo into Match Making and what it takes to have a good outing, MS/343, figure it out.
I truly believe 343/MS has one final opportunity to get it right, they need a title update, put out more maps , game types and the rumored Ranked/Competitve update into mm buy the time the next dlc comes out (feb). If they are counting on the next map pack to really revive or even drive mm then the maps need to be no bigger then Haven and they better not be easily broken by running jet pack or invise bolt shot.
Yep, I agree this is a downer post and a huge rant. But I am the guy that is still playing and I am supposed to be the guy you designed this for and I am worried.
Now, lets all get along and talk about this like non Monster energy drink/aderal hyped up trollbags.. Am I just crazy or are other people worried as well?