I was curious if anything has changed. I created a new character and started playing in bronze pretending that I'm new. I didn't sprint at all, couldn't aim. To make everyone take the bait but I quickly realized that even with this low population no one really cares about this game's future. I played around 15 missions and there was literally not one time where I was not getting farmed. If I was a new player you can bet I would be long gone. Like most.
Now did I expect different outcome? Lol no. This is 2020 mentality on pair with crying how predatory or bad some studio is but giving them $100 on the next ocasion. There's no such thing (mostly) as responsible gamers.
I really hope that the new matchmaking will take care of the new blood because without it this game won't grow and without a bigger /pop you can bet the plug will be pulled fast.
TLDR: if you farm bronzes don't cry that this game is where it is.