In regards to the last update being disappointing to the community, I wouldn't view the regulars on Illfonic forums that seem to spam threads with inside clown gags and jungle hunter jokes rather than have decent conversations as the community. It drove a lot of good people out of those forums, including me. They're the loud, often annoying minority.
The clown world meme died on those forums months ago, its not just about that forum's members, on the big facebook group, the discords about the game, among streamer/content creators, the "teams", and most people there are on ps, it was considered a let down from what I saw.
We got an awesome DLC Cleo Predator to play as, awesome lore tapes recorded by actress Alice Braga herself, and bot support that will help longevity of the game when the game is no longer supported one day. (1v1 Hunt Private Matches? Oh yeah!) So a disappointing update? Not to me and my buds!
Tapes were fine. Cleo is another cosplay meme slow Predator with bad stats like Samurai and Viking. Not a big fan of the design, and if you evaluate her gameplay wise: sure it workes great against randoms, anything does, but in competitive matches she is just...
For a Stalker long range build she is a worse Elder. Worse stamina and less perk points but then again with the Smart Disk using a mouse with high DPI any class can put a fight cus the weapons is too strong. While for melee she is a better Berserker, more perk points, better specs and can run same gear. I would say she is probably better than Viking too due to the tactician spec, with trapper perk those trapped or netgun are screwed if you use Sickle with fearless on them. That would do 38% extra melee damage, still melee doenst work well vs PC FT.
So you pay for a class that is just better than the worse ones but not as good as the default Hunter class. City Hunter and Valkyrie were good at launch but they were nerfed, they made their stats good to get people to buy them, then took it away. While Dante and Dutch'87 are still the same overpowered pay to win ft dlc as they always been. Fireteam: Hunting Grounds after all.
Bots are funny, braindead aimbots that give players extra lifes in case they die, help more than the average player.
In regards to saving the game. How many new maps and DLC have we received this year so far? So if they were not still running at a profit and rather a loss, Illfonic would stop with new updates immediately.
Maps that were added were good, Clash mode is a meme, not what the community wanted, City Hunter and Dutch'25 and '87 were the only really good DLC imo. Isabelle is fine but she is like a worse version of the Recon class stats wise.
And the playerbase on Playstation has always been there before PS-Plus this month. Roughly 20 second wait-times for playing as the Fireteam, and Predator wait-times vary 4-5min.
Wait times on PC were usually around that as well, since most PS players have crossplay on, as fireteam it was always fast and you get in a lobby with only ps players most time, as predator it could go from 4-10 minutes depending on the time of your region, and again most time you get into lobbies with only ps players. I know and play with many PS players and it doesnt matter if the platform, the people that have been playing since launch weren't impressed. Now for Pred its taking from 1 to 3 mins.
Funny thing about the wait times, on the day on Cleo release they had to turn cross play off for some hours cus many people that bough Cleo on Epic couldnt use her, so while they releasing a patch to fix that crossplay was disabled for everyone. The wait times for Predator got better, most PC players go for fireteam due to fps advantage.
However, I think there is a different perspective unfortunately for PC players as yourself than many of us on Playstation. We have crossplay turned off, because First Person Shooting on PC has an advantage. (I have it turned off myself most of the time). So the bulk of the playerbase stays away from you guys so you might be seeing this game in a lesser state than us Playstation players, the lionshare of the Predator: Hunting Grounds player base
The average PC player on PHG doesnt perform that much better in my experience than the average PS player, especially as Predator. Most of them try melee and get slaughtered. Its only when you get like into a match with players of the top 0,1% of the PC community that... yeah most ps predator players are gonna spend the whole match running and being hunted down by the single fireteam player if they dont die 1v1 in the first minute. Or you are gonna have a Predator shooting arrows and plasma so fast the fireteam won't react in time. So most of the time crossplay wont affect ps players at all.