Sadly, FFT is dead on Browser, and it's a shame they made the game P2P on Steam, that makes it harder for a Steam user to decide whether to get the game or just scroll past it, especially because they don't know a thing about it. But regardless, i've been playing the game for a few weeks now, and all i can say is, it sucks. The player base in the browser version is mostly people who can't be bothered to create an account, nevertheless play the game for more than a few days (if not an hour), But that's the thing, Y8 is made that way, it has a shit tone of games, all of wich are meant to be played for less than an hour, and considering the fact that most people on y8 are eastern europeans playing on their school computers (shitty exaggeration, but you get the point) i'd say y8 doesn't have the smartest or the most loyal player base. Going back to the Steam version, it hasn't done as well as i though it would, but it's doing good nevertheless. The reviews by old players being left definitely help the game. Contrary to what it is on Browser, FFT has soo much more to offer than just an hour's worth of gameplay, it's a game that takes over a year to unlock every class, and even longer to reach the highest rank, but you already know that. The main reason why i have hope for FFT is because it's similar to Tf2, and i mean similar, in soo many aspects, for example in objectives (king of the hill, push the payload, capture the point) and every class in FFT has something in common with another class in TF2 (including some abilities and almost every weapon), but the Tf2 community doesn't know FFT exists.
FFT on Steam has a future, a bleak one, but a future nevertheless. If the game hits headlines on Steam, becomes popular (to some degree) i'm pretty sure most of the veterans (including you) will return.