People have no idea what "P2W" is.
The game as it is now, is not p2w, it's p2convenience.
You can get to 75 way faster by paying, you can gear up way faster by paying.
But you can do the same as a free user.
I am almost 100% f2p ( bought like 500 coins recently, and this is 1st time since i started again ). And I probably have better gear than 98% of Aion players.
Don't let the people who have no idea how this patch works discourage you.
Not to mention, recently, the new gear is 80 AP, which requires quite a lot of in game effort to upgrade. Once they add the soulstones to cash shop you can say this game is more closer to p2w.
As it is now? It's more unfair towards f2p, but this game is still incredibly easy.
Also argument like "Oh but I have gg gear and I'm F2P user" doesn't really work since you're veteran player who got friends,multiple characters to farm APES, starter capital and experience. Its pretty impossible to get started quickly as a new player who just created an account. It would take good 6-9 months for a F2P user to get somewhat going with mediocre gear.