Black Ops would probably have a much higher population if their fanbase wasn't spread out through like 5 different games...
That being said, it is sorta sad considering 343 really did TRY and salvage whatever they had of a Halo game, what with the weekly updates and the barrage of DLC maps. I can't help but feel it is not unlike a surgeon trying desperately to keep his patient from flatlining.
CLEAR! <Majestic DLC>
CLEAR! <Rumble Pit>
CLEAR! <Weapons Buff>
Yeah, I am sure the fine folks at 343i are too busy throwing paper balls around the office and flicking rubber bands with paper clips at each other to be doing anything constructive enough to save this game...
It's too late to save it. The damage was done the first few weeks, and the specialization and map pack debacles just sealed the deal. I knew this game wouldn't hold on to a large playerbase, but I'm actually pretty shocked that the numbers have dropped this low, this fast. Reach, as many problems as it had, still rarely dropped lower than 65k, and was back up well over 100k shortly before H4 hit.
I seriously wonder what 343 thinks of having the least successful Halo MP in history?
"Aren't you the guy that bought expensive HDMI cables claiming cheap ones funded terrorism?" -The Killer 5
Before I diagnose the problem with halo 4 and how quickly it fell let me say I am not a 343i fan boy blindly defending this game. IMO the main reason halo 4 got so boring and left behind by so many people is... Lack of maps from launch which includes variety of maps for different playlists. Think about it, halo 4 only had 9 maps to start, Ragnarok doesn't count because its a remake. No matter how good or bad game play may be no body wants to play the same maps over and over, which is exactly what happens in halo 4. Not to mention all the missing playlists dumb ass 343i thought halo 4 didnt need. Halo 5 better have at least 12 original maps from launch not including remakes and it BETTER have all the play lists that have been added to date as well as BTB objective, bomb assault and one flag. Other wise I will join the band wagon and hate on 343i as much as you guys do HAHA.