Yes, Crowfall has fans. Somewhere on the order of 50,000 fans, in fact; the game has just hit 50,000 backers according to a new press release. That includes both people who supported the game’s initial crowdfunding push and those who bought in later, so it does tie into the work that’s been done by the development team over the past few years.
Of course, since this isn’t active players but backers, it can be hard to compare this to active games. Shroud of the Avatar last claimed 65,000 backers in 2017, although it’s unclear how many of those have played since the game’s launch. Ashes of Creation cited 10,000 backers for alpha one, but that is definitely less than its initial Kickstarter backers (20,000) and may be even less than half of its overall backer count. And, of course, Star Citizen counts 2.1 million backers… but that includes both people who paid into the game and those who simply registered accounts (Crowfall specifically separates backers from registered accounts, with the former at around 300,000). So it’s hard to tell where Crowfall specifically sits in comparison. Still, 50,000 people paid some money for this early game; that’s something notable!
It’s also worth noting that the game’s soft launch has been delayed into 2019, so “backers” is still a more relevant metric than “players” into 2019.