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Two of my friends went back to playing SQO, and the small but dedicated community is talking about how the devs/admins haven't done anything in over 6 months. By anything, I mean not even a simple forum post or power tripping in the game, let alone sorely needed patches.
It is important to note that the company running the server is entirely different from the development company. Their job is to keep the server running, nothing more, nothing less.
The good part about this is that players seem to actually be free to do whatever they please now, as the publishing company appears to have zero interest in changing the game. The bad part is that the game is now static, bugs and all, and your $10/month are going to nothing but keeping the server running.
If the game ever managed to get a decent population going, it's dynamic enough for the players to generate the content needed without any admins/devs.