Whenever RTG releases news of this magnitude, they always release it in a Kickstarter update, and the thread regarding the Kickstarter update is where we discuss it. This time, however, RTG chose not to release a Kickstarter update, so the topic doesn't have its own thread. It's not that the forum is so dead, so much as the fact that RTG has been almost completely ignoring the forum. Also, whenever they release an official Kickstarter update, it sends out an e-mail to backers, who then come to the forum to discuss the Kickstarter update. This time, there was no Kickstarter update, so there was no e-mail to backers, so the usual bump in activity on the forum didn't happen. Why RTG decided not to release a Kickstarter update is far beyond me. At this point, it appears that they care about us just barely enough to not shut down the forum for good. Their PR is basically non-existent, and they've been unwilling to even bother to tell us why.
You're making a lot of assumptions here, many of which aren't true.
At this point, it's safe to say they don't always release things as a Kickstarter update. Some things they've posted here first. Somethings we've found out randomly elsewhere and started discussing here and then an update came eventually.
The Dreamfall Chapters News subforum has traditionally been for official updates from the team because it is locked and not just anyone can start a topic there. As such, about the only thing Mods have been posting has been KS updates. Though we can look to change course on that if things demand it.
Fact of the matter is, this thread here was started in Feb of 15 to discuss the PS version announcement back then, so it seemed like a natural place to continue the discussion. The reason why it was started here and not there can be chalked up to what I said before about general members not being able to start threads in that subforum.
We're generally not in the habit of starting new threads when there's already a perfectly good one open. So. Here we are.
As to why the team has basically no PR and them not bothering to explain why... ...that's also not true. Unless something has changed, their PR team is Ragnar. Who is also a whole lot of other things. And he's super busy. And that's why the communication is kind of lacking sometimes. And he's admitted to that multiple times over the years. ...More or less every time we start getting upset over a lack of communication. And that's also why they were trying to hire someone to help out with all of that. At a guess, I'm going to say it hasn't worked out yet, seeing as we've not seen a new face popping in here with news. But hard to say for sure.
Now. I'm not saying that excuses the lack of updates, the lack of an official announcement to KS backers about this news, the lack of any word about the patch we were supposed to get in October, etc. I'm just saying I know why we haven't gotten it, at least in a broad sense.
The forum clearly isn't dead. Even if we factor out the Seaman, there's been plenty of chatter here and in other threads about this news lately. I could have started a thread in the other forum. I thought about starting one with the press release. But since we were already chatting here and I'd doubled down on the info in the RTG updates thread that many people follow for those sorts of updates...I figured it wasn't a huge deal just yet.