As recent as last week:
We’ve never been shy about letting the community know approximations of the number of active subscriptions (approaching 170k), trial accounts (about 22k), peak concurrent users (34,420), staff (201), etc. Information like that is normally mentioned on the forums or in news items, so it may be hard to spot. Most of the forum regulars see the numbers and will generally pass the information along to those that ask.
Just the renovation of all the 3D models in EVE (not including the graphics engine) is about 80 people.
EVE is still growing rapidly, we’re about 2000 short of 170.000 paying subscribers. Not counting EVE China or trials.
Reaching 160K at christmas, Jan and Feb were slow, now going on 170K. That’s paying subscribers.
They seem now bigger than Mythic. But I guess it depends on what you consider “staff”.
Of those 201, 150 are working on Eve. The rest? I don’t know, but CCP is working on different projects.
And about this specific gripe, they also have something interesting to say:
player: There used to be a time when the only thing CCP thought about, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, every individual at CCP ever thought about was EVE. This was the core group of developers that made EVE, that launched EVE, that imbued EVE with life. This core group of developers is now sundered both in their minds and at thier company.
Oveur: The new MMO is being made in Atlanta to prevent this from happening. A new team is being built there to prevent this from happening.
I drink the Kool-Aid, the fact that the WoD game is being built elsewhere wipes most of my concerns. Good work.