The game isn't dead but it is dying. Well if we are using analogies then I guess it's dying on life support with tubes in every hole getting it's last rights and finishing up it's will. The fact is this game needs to do much more to keep people playing, bring in new players and bring back some of the older players.
When I first started this game, there was little other competition out there in terms of free competitive gaming. Now it's a saturated market, especially with facebook and the explosion of smart phones.
What UR needs most of all is more variety in formats, some clint awarding mini games, better balancing in particular ELO
and more contact with the community it's dealing with. A 28* elo
would be great, even an Extended ELO
or something competitive in the higher star realm.
After this is addressed an optional word filter would make our lives much easier as well as some community leadership. The English community in particular is so divided over petty nonsense and siding with one person or against a particular group of people. It's just ridiculous, this kind of division accomplishes nothing and contributes to the lack of people actively participating in the social aspect of the game.
If these issues are not addressed, then the best investment will be a tombstone that reads "Urban rivals, great game in 2010 and 2011"