Logged on to Twitch this morning and noticed only 2 Streamers streaming the game, 1 was followed and 1 was not.
1 Streamer had 2 viewers and the other had 4 viewers.
This is telling me that players are still leaving at a fast rate, imo there are 2 main reasons for this.
The biggest reason is the connection issues that lots of players are suffering from which is making the game unplayable for them.
All focus should be on fixing that issue which has been around for over a year.
Yes the issue was there over 12 month ago and the only thing that's changed is, instead of disconnecting you it leaves you connected unable to do anything apart from move around ( The Infamous Wheel Of Death ) this happens when you land a fish when the error occurs.
There has been a lot of so called fixes which might work for a short while for people but its not a permanent fix, I have tried many of these and I still get it from time to time.
There is a command you can put into the CMD which will generate a file you can forward onto RF4, this was done by lots of players a while back, me included.
I have followed lots of RF4 streamers and have noticed that nearly all of them are now streaming other games instead of RF4, Surely the Devs must see this and it must ring alarm bells but still die hard players still wait for a fix.
The other main reason is people struggling to find the fish they are targeting, High level players with high level gear need to be finding high level fish when using high level gear.
I don't mean every cast should produce a trophy or a close to trophy fish, On the loading screen it states " to catch bigger fish use bigger hooks " when I read this it makes me lol every time.
I have tested this with Floats , Spinning , Casting , and Bottom fishing and using a smaller hook produces the bulk of the bigger fish.
For example in the pond on Akhtuba I found using a medium 6 hook produced bigger fish than using a large 1 hook along with a higher bite rate.
What I found in my test was that the large 1 hook produced mainly untagged fish while the medium 6 hook produced mainly tagged fish some in double figures where as the large 1 hook struggled to bag a double figured fish.
Same result on Belaya when using the same lure, I swapped the hook size on the Akkilia Lure to a bigger hook and instantly catching untagged fish more often than a tagged fish, swapped the hook back to a smaller hook and back to catching tagged fish again.
The Devs have a great game here but I feel that its being destroyed slowly by some wrong decisions being made.
I do stream the game and have done for some time and even after playing over 4000 hours I still listen to my viewers when they offer advice on what rig to use and where to use it.
I am no stranger to catching fish and how to catch them but even I find it a struggle to find the fish i'm after some of the time.
I used to stream 7 days a week for around 6 hours Roughly 54 hours a week , And now I only stream as and when I feel like it, this could be as little as 1 day in a week for 4 hours.
My bite rate sometimes gets to none exsistant and see people with less gear and level than me catching much better quality fish, it even got that bad that I had to message a Mod and ask them to check my account and see if there is a problem with my bite rate.
This was not happening just for a day or two this went on for weeks at a time which convinced me something was wrong with my account.
Devs please please please sort out this game, me like other players love playing this game but its becoming impossible for even us to stay with it and we don't want this game to die a slow horrible death.