This is a contentious topic and solely my opinion - so read on with that in mind. (and this is from a PvP server perspective)
I think the official servers should periodically wiped.
The single biggest complaint I see when this topic comes up is, “But i’ll lose hundreds of hours of work!”
Will you though?
As someone with approximately 950 hours in the game so far, most of that on Official PvP servers, I really do question where this comes from. For most people and in my experience, this ‘hundreds of hours of work’ tends to be a few solid days worth of farming. For most clans who could claim many hundreds of hours worth of work, in almost every instance that work is destroyed by other players via raiding and gods. I’ve never seen a single base, regardless of how big, go the distance to the point where it could be an arguement against wiping. The biggest bases, the biggest clans - they all come and go with time.
Why do I feel periodic wiping is a good thing? Here’s my personal reasons for it.
It returns the servers to a square one state. That is - no clans who have benefited from exploits such as dupes and under-meshing.
It encourages new players to join the server knowing they’re not going against long-established super clans (even though most of those clans come and go with the seasons regardless).
Half the fun in this game is starting fresh - the levelling process can be highly enjoyable, just like it’s fun to scout out a new base location and experience a different part of the map. Yes doing this back to back can be annoying - but in a raiding world, it’s also not uncommon for clans to move servers when defeated and basically do this anyway.
Possessing a huge amount of loot in this game can be as much of a curse as it is a burden. This is strictly my own opinion, but having been the owner of a ridiculous amount of loot - so much that we dont know what to do with it, fending off different raids trying to get it continually and the logistics of hiding it in various stashes around the map can be bloody tiresome to the point it kills the fun aspect of the game. Losing it or dumping it was surprisingly freeing. Many wont agree with this point but if you’re in this scenario you’ll likely know what i mean.
It’s really not that much of an effort to get back to 60 and established afterall. The game offers various means of levelling quickly and gearing up with a sizeable base can be done very fast in the hands of an experienced player.
And the big one - it can greatly improve server performance by removing all those spammy old bases that occupy large chunks of the map that the decay system seems to take its sweet time removing.
In my view, there’s really only benefits to periodic wiping. Not too frequently of course, but not ‘never’ like is the current situation. The whole ‘i’ll lose hundreds of hours of work’ just doesn’t cut it IMO - at least not on the PvP servers.
Thanks for reading. What are your thoughts on periodic wiping?