So people at my office started to "try Phalcon" since I talked about it so much, but it consistently fell apart when the docs weren't clear and they didn't have a working out of the box "stacK' like Symfony and Laravel has normally. Yes I explained Dev Tools, and showed them creating a project and what not, but they didn't know which way to build.
The part about Phalcon being a platform to build custom solutions seems to be over their head and they just wanted to do what everyone else does. They also were not too keen on activity on updates and time in between them, again compared to the other popular frameworks. I too am hoping Phalcon updates still keep coming and that the main devs aren't giving up.
With that said, I have laid out a modified module version that I am going to contiue to work on and put up at github at some point when the pieces are in place (basic auth, api calls, etc). I am now a lone wolf that still wants to work with Phalcon in a company that wants work with other frameworks -- even with their shitty ass performance.