There been a number of FFA Loot MMOs since 2002. EvE, Mortal Online, Darkfall, etc.
Usually these games population dwindle as more PvE players get chained ganked and looted and eventually rage quit, which then lead into the PvP gankers having to play against other PvP gankers and then the game usually takes a dive once it reaches that point.
But my thing is this. What was the reason these PvEers wanted to play all these FFA Looter MMOs in the first place?
I rarely see one of these type of games with good PvE at all. So what exactly did they jump into this kind of MMOs for in the first place before being run off back gank squads?
I feel like if we knew the answer to this, maybe developers could figure out a more rewarding form of gameplay that can keep these kind of players interested in these games regardless of the risk.