Bro. Cmon. That isn’t the life cycle of THIS game. This game started out with the same business model as it has now. Low chance for 5* summon. Nothing guaranteed ever. And occasional guaranteed AM via purchase.
The model hasn’t changed and it’s been stupidly profitable.
Zynga would be stupid to change that now. And SG never changed it despite constant pleas from the forum goers. (Because it’s stupidly profitable no doubt.)
It isn’t about to change now, either, because it’s stupidly profitable.
Don’t over complicate this
Edit: I went through a merger last year with a game I was playing called UW. It was purchased by a studio with about as good a track record as Zynga (read: crappy). So we were concerned. But honestly we didn’t see any changes. SpookyHouse games bought UW and said “this is a niche game. We get that. We aren’t going to mess with what you have here. We want to fix things up, tidy them up a bit. Clean up the UI, the tutorials, the campaign. the user experience.”
You know what they did. Exactly what they said. It was a seamless transition with the exception of all the fear mongering from the players. A year later and UW has seen just subtle improvements and overall stability.
That’s what I expect with E&P because the game is in a good spot anyway and I’m sure they don’t wanna mess with that.