According to StackOverflow statistics, Scala is not really popular these days. The language is almost the least popular just before Perl, Haskell and Julia: Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2020
If I have a look on Google Trends, the comparison with Groovy is clear, Scala is dying since 2017: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&geo=US&q=%2Fm%2F02js86,%2Fm%2F091hdj
On the other hand, if you only consider pure languages (no CSS, HTML or SQL), Java is always in the top 3 of the most popular and used languages. For example, it’s number 2 on the PYPL: PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language index
It validates the Lindy effect, suggesting that the older a technology is, the better its future is.
Considering these facts, will Play Framework become a fully Java oriented framework or will it die with Scala? What are the plans?