Lineage II went through this for about 15 years and at no stage was it ever even close. In fact in the later years it went complete P2W and became one of the worst balanced games ever created. It got so bad that a single OP P2W player would win sieges vs entire large clans. It's actually likely some of their devs work for Pearl Abyss. They are programmers/developers in the same country with only a few large companies to choose from. At what point does everyone just get it that it's not going to happen? How many years does one need to be jerked around before they wake up? From what I have seen it can take 2-8 years for those desperately wanting to see it.