The normal "wouldn't change anything" to the game population doesn't apply in this case because the game isn't remotely like it was at launch. The RoA server is dead. Its not coming back-weekends NA time the server is empty. BUT there are more people that want to play a fresh launch server than people currently playing now. Just the resources and gold market out of the game alone will get you more people joining the new server than currently plays on a Friday night.