I've read some people and i think FE can be revived with a new engine and a re-launch on Steam as F2P with a suffix.
But they really have to be ready for the re-launch. Previous staff failed when FE became F2P and they failed again when it came on Steam.
Like someone said, they made changes nodoby asked. Instead of balancing the combat system they changed everything (impossible to balance it).
Probably everybody complained about the GORE patch, when you do a wrong patch (even if it's hard to admit it) it's better to remove it (even if it costed money).
But Matt this game is gold in bar and is unique this is why you have PVE, PVP, RP players still around since so many years.
Some of you will hate me for saying that but maybe they should close the server because ofcourse with the actual state of the game they won't improve it and won't make enough money.
It could be accelerate the processus if they stop to waste energy on this old FE and focus on the future of the game.
I'm aware that i have abandonned the game and had a new hope when LO buyed it and announced the new engine, but some players are still enjoying it.
Boxing with pistols if not for tomorrow but good luck and thanks for these infos.