It's partly that there aren't any new players coming in, but also that the game just isn't as inviting as it used to be cause its just so hard for a new player to make a name for themselves. Back when insiding was allowed it prevented people from making massive factions and pretty much breaking the game as well as allowing new players to make a name for themselves. Now though if you're trying to get into the game no massive fac will take you cause nobody takes noobs and if you try to do anything significant, some fac with like 100 members is gonna screw you and act like pro gamers about it. PvP basically just comes down to some big fac 10v1ing people at this point and understanding raiding is pretty much completely inaccessible for new players with the 5 or so years they've got to catch up on, so they got no chance with that side of the game either. There's also no youtubers playing anymore for a lot of the same reasons honestly, most who still play moved on to Skyblock cause raiding isn't that much fun for them anymore, it's not like back when you could just put the time in and have a fair chance, you have almost no chance on Cosmic, and on other servers you basically just get carried and all you do is help stop people from patching. Honestly, if I was a new player at this point I wouldn't put the time into the game either. It's just not a fun game anymore.