Yes, $15 or €17 can mean much to someone. For example here in Hungary most of us are happy that we can make it to the end of the month.
From the other side: Yes, $15 ( which is almost €20 in Europe) is a lot for an old game like this, when people can play for ex.Wow for a lower price. And don’t tell me to go play froob/other games, I played as froob for years, and played a lot of other new games which were fantastic and cost less than AO.
(Also, I hate when people say "it’s only X cents for a day… you can surely afford it! Yes, it might be X cents for a day, but you pay €100 total, which doesn’t seem so friendly anymore…)
Also, I’m not saying is should be free ofc… but It could get lowered to $5-$8, and/ or make extra cash from microtransactions.
But since FC declared they won’t ever make any updates to the game, it’s just useless to debate this. They will milk money from the new server, then when people get bored of it they will shut down the servers… Atleast, that’s my theory.