The game should be $9.99 or $4.99. I doubt that sales contribute much.
I always get confused by “trash players” on F2P. The best comparison I currently have is Warframe as there is very little PVP in the game and it relies a lot on co-op.
I don’t run into any trash players and by the term trash I assume you mean griefers, trash talking, players. I actually have run into WAY more issues in Boundless than I ever have in Warframe.
The two games are VERY different though.
Just because a game is F2P doesn’t make it P2W I mean all in all Warframe isn’t P2W any more than Boundless is in the terms most people have stated here. Technically, Boundless is P2W as it does have P2W aspects to it, it’s just not your typical toxic P2W.
Needless to say, I partially take offense to F2P players being trash players or entitled snowflakes, but then again, I know some are out there.
EDIT: Back to the OP. Making the actual cost of the game free and sovs/gleam club/cubits still cost real money the whales could invest there. I don’t think the current infrastructure or lack of dev involvment in-game or the lack of some sort of community manager that can deal with players in-game would help the additional influx of Free Players or any players for that matter.