@Hiyame2563 Population drop? They're probably predicting a massive surge when they release on other PC platforms tbh. I don't think Sega really cares that much about people who fuss over numbers like you do when it comes to PSO2. I'm not sure if they ever had.
If this game were designed to be catering to a more hardcore demographic, why isn't there proper PVP? Why are all the raids on some inane schedule that constantly rotates with older raid content dropped from rotation being unscheduled and thus impossible to predict (which is even dumber)? Why aren't there any massive and super challenging 50-man raids that a large chunk of an alliance can do together that the community can compete with each other to race to world first like in WoW? (Not saying modern WoW doesn't cater primarily to casuals because it definitely does but it still has content for hardcore players like the aforementioned 50-man raids and arena PvP that requires you to earn your own gear instead of what PSO2 does with everyone being level 1 and grabbing randomized equips every time they spawn and a point system where you can grab items to gain extra points instead of a deathmatch as deathmatches are more conductive to the eSports scene to my knowledge).
I'm not at all saying this is a good thing mind but Sega found massive success in Japan without doing any of this and never took into consideration that western gamers at large tend to favor more hardcore style content (WoW's shift in focus to cater to casual players is exactly why the game started bleeding subscribers in the first place but Sega simply doesn't care).
That said, this is a F2P game that relies on whales for the most profit, Sega doesn't have to care to keep the game running. Least until the whales start getting bored and/or running out of money. MapleStory 1 is still alive over here after all in spite of it all.