It shouldn't be free. It should be sold for $20. And things like clan support and certain unlockables should be included with that price. I like this game. I like it alot, it's easily the best twitch shooter I've played since older unreal games (think back to UT 99). You get to pilot a FUCKING hardsuit (mecha) in the game. And it doesn't completely break the balance if you're playing with smart people.
But, I can't start a clan. Certain functions are hidden away behind a microtransaction. And because of that, I don't think this game will do as well as it could have. This game should charge you $20 to play, and then make certain special unlockables cost $$. As it is the dev has gotten exactly $0 from me so far, and aside from the $10 it costs to unlock a clan (seriously, $10?????) they probably won't get any more. And that will hinder their development, as I assume I'm not the only person playing totally free.
All that being said, if you're like me and are a little burned on the crop of 'realistic' shooters and the Modern Warfare bastardization of twitch shooters (yes that's inflammatory, I know) then play this goddamn game! I have a thread up for other duders who want to play this game to friend up, and as it turns out the in-game friend system is pretty good and it's really easy to jump into matches with your friends. If we get enough people I'll actually kick in the 10 bucks for a clan (just need a name dammit). Anyways- get your twitch on, and support this dev for at least making a good product, even if the business model is fucked (imho).
EDIT: So my point about twitch shooters is if you're tired of 'realistic' shooters and the Modern Warfare version of twitch shooters- play this game. I definitely feel this game captures some of what was good with the old unreal games.