I think the player base is pretty low recently.
One problem is that people don't realize this is a real beta test, not the fake beta tests marketing people put on to let people have early access. A lot of people have had their concept of Beta testing distorted by all the fake beta tests that happen in games.
It might help if DN clarified this, so people know that the game is still undergoing changes and tuning.
I'm sure player base will pick up again next patch.