I'd much rather have low population then a bunch of kids and hackers running around. Cheaters looting your graves from under the ground, stealing boats, mounts, warhulks. Spying on every single thing you do. Cheating is already bad enough with trials making Darkfall free will completely destroy this game. In most games you can't lose items which takes your hours, days, sometimes weeks to obtain. Losing them in a split second to a hacker over and over again will make anyone quit. I'd pay double the fucking price to avoid this happening. Darkfall is not a game which will work well with a F2P model.
If you can't fork out 15 bucks a month then you shouldn't be spending time playing video games. Go get a job. If 15 dollars a month makes you feel like you HAVE to play it's obvious too much money for you to afford. I pay 15 dollars for a fast food meal and guess what..sometimes I don't even finish it..and I still sleep at night..can you believe that?