I don't think it ever stopped after patch notes. Ppl hate new gear system. Ppl quit. I know I got nothing to do so I just farm orr for now, restoring my gear after being recently hacked. But I'll quit as soon as Far Cry-3 is out. I won't tolerate this bullshit. GW2 was the only game that did it right gear-wise. Everyone's equal, no rewards for nolifers or hardcores. And they had to fuck it all up. Well, gee, ok fine. I'm a pc player and I've been keeping away from xbox for all this time and now I'm looking at it and seeing a friggin' year of fun waiting for me. If not for just this move with gear anet woulda had more of my money, this way microsoft will. If it's what they want -- fine. I'm sure population will drop down alot now and will continue dropping until they get rid of gear progress bullshit.