Throughout the course of Vesteria’s history, wipes have been proposed (and occasionally done) multiple times. Although there has been multiple times in which a full wipe has been proposed, it seems that this time is the most likely time a full wipe would occur. This has caused much debate within the community, with individuals either for or against the wipe.
Before we begin, for those who are unaware a full wipe would essentially be similar to the resets that occur between weekends in the free weekend version of Vesteria. All levels, money, items and storage of all players is completely reset. It’s essentially as if though you are starting Vesteria for the first time. Some things do remain; however. All badges (and rewards which may come with them) are kept. All special roles are also kept (so if you are a tester, you keep that role). Everything else is gone.
One thing to mention is the previous money/enchantment wipe. This was not a full wipe, and was instead to repair the economy and overpowered weapons rather than to give everyone a fresh start. Although many people proposed a full wipe during this time (due to the inflation from the Terror of the Deep, exploiters, etc.) a full wipe was not performed.
Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s begin discussing the logistics of a full wipe for Vesteria.
The idea of a full wipe has been passed around for a long while, but was officially endorsed by berezaa on November 17th, 2019 at 6:57 PM EST on the Vesteria Discord server, when he stated,
Essentially, this confirmed that the idea of a full wipe is on the minds of the developers for when Vesteria is released for free. This caused some conversation, although not much considering it appeared that berezaa was on the defence about the idea of a full wipe, and rather than trying to force the idea that a full wipe would be 100% beneficial for Vesteria, he instead stated that he understood why individuals would not want their data to be wiped. In general, people believed that a full wipe would most likely not occur when the game is released for free.
Then, a few days later, on November 19th, 2019 at 7:46 PM EST on the Vesteria Discord server, berezaa stated the following:
Essentially, this re-ignited discussion about the full wipe. This time, berezaa was not holding back on the idea, and rather than approaching it with hesitancy, he flat out asked how to get more people invested on a full wipe, enough to make it a majority decision.
This, once again, sparked discussion within the community. And now we are here, continuing this discussion from the Vesteria Discord, onto the forums.
So why is a full wipe being proposed, and why are people from the community supporting it? It’s obvious why people are against a full wipe, so there is no real point going into detail about the psychology of why individuals dislike having their work being undone, but why individuals and berezaa support a wipe requires some knowledge about the current state of Vesteria, and the vision for Vesteria in the future.
Let’s begin with why berezaa would like to do a full wipe of the game. As seen in the quote above, he believes it will “make the experience so magical for everyone”, similar to the magic experienced every weekend in the free weekend zone, where players get to re-do the initial quests that they may have forgotten about, re-visit dialogue options that they might not have picked their first playthrough and completely missed and overall get to experience the beginning of the game again.
Furthermore, take a look at this quote:
Essentially a full wipe would also, according to berezaa, help improve the game due to players being able to re-experience the beginning of the game and provide feedback, something which the free weekend was supposed to be used for but never ended up working out. This may be; however, because many players who are able to provide good feedback have no incentive to play the free weekend version of the game. Improving the game is essential to gaining new players, as berezaa stated. Thus, even though some players may quit, many new players would join.
We also know why the community would want a wipe, and as far as I can tell it’s for one main reason. The economy is currently in shambles, arguably worse than when the Terror of the Deep was first introduced, one of the main reasons for the previous money wipe. Money sinks may help, but due to the amount of money players already have, it would be difficult to completely save the economy without a full wipe and numerous money sinks, or a full wipe, money sinks and money made more difficult to earn.
Next, let’s discuss what would happen in the case of a full wipe. First, it would be for full release, meaning that this wipe most likely will not happen any time soon.
Second, assuming that full release goes as proposed, alpha and beta players would receive Vesteria Premium immediately. Alpha players would have it for life, beta players for three months. For those unaware, Vesteria Premium gives you more slots with the ability to earn even more slots by reaching level 30 on all previous slots, and daily monster bounties for Ethyr rather than coins.
Third, assuming that a full wipe would be done as proposed as of right now, top players would receive NPCs of themselves somewhere in the world.
Fourth, large balance changes would be made to subclasses in order to convince players to stay and grind back up to level 30.
Fifth, new items would be added, both early and late game, to help with progression.
There is most likely some things I am forgetting or missing there, but that’s in general what could be expected with a wipe as proposed. Of course, this list is obviously missing money sinks, which is a bit of a problem, but they would most likely be introduced soon after the wipe.
That’s all I really have to say about the proposed wipe. I don’t really have a strong opinion on it, although I am more leaning towards pro-wipe (which might be evidenced by my tone throughout this post). Anyways, I’ll conclude with a poll.
Knowing all of the information above, do you believe that a full wipe of Vesteria should occur?
- Strongly Agree
- Neutral, literally don’t care
- Strongly Disagree