You could and should talk about the fact that the game went from 100k players to 600. You talk about PVP but for that you need to actually find players on servers. How are you getting those people back on the game ? MMO & 600 players is not compatible. Even on the most populated server you can't find any people to fight. Stop making changes nobody asked for. You'll end up playing the game you developed alone. Most people i know left the game because of the lack of players and your poor optimization of the game. Shooting someone at 10 fps is not a good experience.
You gave us most of the bad parts of ARK and you are taking away the few remaining good parts of ARK.
Why not for example, bring quality saddles from ARK ? People would be less interested in the tame level, if you could get a saddle BP that increases harvest rates, or weight multipliers, or how many times i need to hit a tree to harvest it. Simple changes that could add content, reduce time spent on finding the best tame and on harvest, and spending more time searching for loot.
Stop insisting on PVP only when the game has no players to fight. I love PVP, but atm its just sailing hoping to see any enemy ship. Even if you make PVP system better, you can't PVP alone.
We are so bored that we are fighting our own company to keep entertained!!!