Just spent 2 very frustrating hours being the only player in Metrica province.
Having 80'd & completed the personal story on my Minstrel, I've begun on an Ele.
Everyone has ditched the game, & many parts are practically impossible now, & I'm beginning to genuinely hate it.
GW1 never had this problem, hell TSW doesn't have this problem.
Anet took a game that was original & different & turned it into an any-other-mmo.
The skrit are just kobolds
The asura are gnomes
The whole thing is ctrl-c ctrl-v banal identikit, every fantasy trope cliche £@:?!!!
Ouch. I just did map completion on Metrica with my ele a couple of days ago and found it passably populated except in some areas. Caledon Forest was about as populated when he mapped it before Metrica. He's running across a few people in Brisbane Wildlands, too, which he's mapping right now. Starter areas seem more likely to have people roaming around than mid-level areas.
I've also been noticing more players doing events around Ft. Trinity the last few days and trying to get people to come to the Balthazar event chain. It still isn't like the days when Lone Post had a permanent population, but there is a definite surge at the moment.
I'm sure the activity levels are very server-dependent, though. Isle of Janthir for me.
It's what he calls mesmers
That's my point.
It's the games bad design that is the problem.
Bad design that didn't exist in GW1, was introduced along with lorry loads of other bad design decisions in GW2.
I was finishing up my map completion in Diessa Plateau the yesterday when I found the giant had taken over that town. Being a well equipped level 80 in a low level zone, him being the only hostile, non-ghost, non-undead giant I know of in the game, and my giant slayer title still sitting at zero, I headed in. I spent several minutes raising about 30 charr NPCs. With my army ready, I summoned a couple thieves and charged. Everyone died in seconds. I managed to barely escape without breaking any armor.
It's sort of ironic that if there had been a zerg there I still wouldn't have progressed my slayer title. I've killed him several times before, and I don't think anyone gets credit for tagging him because his health is so high and so many people spread the damage out. Sort of like the champion karkas during the LS event.
Anywho... I ramble.
Bring back Zaishen quests! The content is already there, just give people an incentive to go and visit certain zones to deal with certain types of enemies/events. Just add a random component to the Daily Achievement, I guess - or something like that. (perhaps weekly?)
Lack of people present has only been a problem for me when I've been balls-deep in Cursed Shore, and I just do something stupid. There always seems to be at least one other person around in non-Orr areas to help me out a bit.
There are two resident champions. One is a spider tucked into a cave east of Muridian Waypoint. One is a troll behind the Luminates Plant. I would be willing to bet that the majority of the players that complete the zone have no idea that these two champions even exist. They're not in any way necessary for map completion.
There are three event champions. The giant ooze in Bleent's camp, and an Inquest golem at the Survivor's Encampment waypoint. These might be blocking progress for map completion, but what they would be blocking would be a point of interest or a waypoint, respectively. Perfectly possible to run in and tag whichever, then run away. I've done this with a champion ogre in Diessa (as well as several other places). And of course there's the fire elemental in the reactor, but there's nothing there needed for map completion.
The vast majority of the zone is perfectly soloable, and the parts that aren't are not incredibly frequent. I'd hardly call that a bad design.