The thing that always bugs me with this type of stuff is people think they have a RIGHT to play the game for nothing. You get the game for free , you can log and continue to play for free but you will not get everything your way. If it is not for people paying for things like prem , the game can not survive and you wouldn't even be able to play any more. People are going on about how K2 is in trouble and their evil money making schemes are spoiling your fun. How stupid can people get , K2 run this game to make money , just like Blizzard do with WoW/D3 , just like the people who starwars republic , just like StarTrek online. The free to play part is an insentive to try the game out and eventually spend money on it.
If K2 were really in big trouble , they would wind down some of the other games they run , remember KO is not the only online game they host. For the 5 new servers for Helios , they would have had to outlay a fair amount of money to do this and this is not the move of a company in ruin. To me it looks like they are trying to cover all the bases with a massive influx of people trying out the server , it is in their interest for the servers not to overload and crash , and adding a couple more servers is a simple way of covering this.
I really wish people would actually stop crying about not being able to get in when they don't spend a penny on the services which we apparently get. Throwing on a bronze prem is not a massive outlay and there are so many different ways to pay now that there is no reason why anyone can't do it. Hell you can even spend your time farming to buy a prem of the market if your that against paying for premium.