How do you plan to market this potential upcoming free trial/free to play? “Hey everybody come play this game where we’ve literally chased away almost the entire population because we’ve refused to fix glaring issues for months at a time and don’t address balance in a remotely timely fashion.”
Good luck with that. Every day you don’t address these issues or do anything at all to improve the current state of the game makes it more and more difficult for the game to succeed after your update when the potential new (and even returning) players will be brought into an increasingly shrinking population. Your complete disregard for the current playerbase will have negative consequences on the future playerbase.