A few years ago Eve was hitting peak 30+ concurrent users, 21k just before downtime, and then would hover again around 21k after downtime till peak.
A year ago it was 30+ concurrent in peak, 16 before downtime, and then go back around 21k till peak time hit again.
Now its 12k after downtime........
Anecdotal is anecdotal. In before the next expansion and people go look at all the numbers. FYI, they pretty much seem to have lost all they players they gained when they went F2P-ish. CCP seems to be back to the trickle of new players and the same bitter vets as before. Who aren't even playing that much themselves.
As per the last war, Eve needs RMT to generate excitement and conflict. Bring back gambling and RMT.