Want to get this game, but...
I want to know if this game has active servers and communities.
This game is rubbing me in all the right ways and I really want to get into this game, but if no one is playing on any servers I can see myself getting very very frustrated and bored due to having no one to collaborate with, or no community to work with.
We are still in the phase where playing comes in waves around releases with new content. Right now we are in one of those down periods, though there is still a bit of activity on some servers.
Around alpha 5 it will pick up again; we aim to have significantly more active users during beta and early access launch on steam later this year.
The same question was asked here as well, so some more about it. http://ecoforum.strangeloopgames.com/topic/855/how-many-players-are-playing-this-game
There's a slight ecosystem balance issue where things die off which makes it hard to do things after the server has been going for a while. Also, my community seems to have all said some personal life stuff got in the way, which is also what happened to me.