With a daily average peak player population hovering at ~950 players, online games of any kind becoming more and more difficult to arrange (never mind good ones with a minimum of lag), and the most recent forum discussions to be found only in a necromantic thread discussing the tactical merits of nothing more important than a person's paint scheme now left untouched for two days; I feel the time has now arrived to ask these two very important questions:
Is the game effectively dead, left only to those most hardcore of WH40k devotees who will cling to its rotting corpse until the next game arrives? What future projections can be made or inferred from the state we now find it in, if indeed this franchise has any future to speak of at all?
Personally, I would like to hope that Relic are still working on fixes to some of this game's outstanding issues. But, somehow, I doubt very much that that is going to happen. We seem to have some evidence to suggest that they are going to let this franchise go and pursue other things. However, I would like to think that Relic's first venture into exploring the WH40K universe through this medium will not be their last and that they will have learned from the mistakes made here and give us something better to look forward to. Although, I admit I will be very cautious about how I invest myself into it should they choose to produce new material.
I believe Relic tried to do too much at once with this title, taking on both MP and SP technologies. I feel they could have accomplished more by focusing on just one thing to start off, preferably a better SP campaign in order to establish a larger community pool from which to draw more MP participants down the road. As such, I would welcome a second game with a more fully realized story line and single player campaign to kick-start the next title, should there be one. Let them add an MP component as DLC for those who wish it at a later time.