EliteArk runs a unique system for wiping our maps. The struggle with a 25x Unofficial Ark Cluster is that tribes can farm fast, build big and this has two problems:
- Big bases cause a lot of LAG
- New tribes don't stand a chance against the tribes who have built up already
In the beginning EliteArk used to wipe every 2~4 weeks and this gave everyone a fair chance to build up and get started. The problem was that for many players it meant there was a very limited sense of progression, little point to breeding and after a few wipes it started to become very repetitive. This is why Ronnie came up with the idea of a Season - something very different to how most high rates unofficial ark servers are run.
Seasons on EliteArk last for 3+ months. They allow tribes to keep their progression with lines, blueprints and resources. But it requires all the big tribes to regularly move their base to a new map if they want to keep their progression. This means that players playing for the whole season can keep their progress but it also means that tribes joining later into the season have a really good chance against the existing tribes. Each map during the season lasts for roughly 3~6 weeks. Once a map finishes a tribe must transfer all of their loot onto a different map if they want to keep it.
Maps are wiped in a rotation. Normally only 2 or 3 maps of the 10+ maps wipe at any one time. This means you can safely move from one map to another without fear of that next map being wiped in the short-term. When a map is wiped, for the first 48 hours only characters can be transferred. This means that all tribes must fight fairly with only what they have obtained on that map - nobody can bring their dinos or blueprint items from elsehwere to give them an advantage. After the first 48hrs of a map all tribes receive Newbie Protection for 72hrs. This protection allows new tribes three days to continue to build up.
For new tribes joining mid-way through a season you essentially have FIVE DAYS to get established if you join when a map wipes. For existing tribes it is a big task to move their base every 3~6 weeks. Having to move their base makes them vulnerable to other tribes and it means there is rarely just one big alpha tribe for the entire season.
When the Season reaches its' end a total wipe takes place. This is where every single map is wiped and all tribes lose their characters, tames, blueprints and resources.
This system has been tweaked but has proved incredibly popular. It caters to the smaller tribes and really gives them a fighting chance compared to the old system. It also keeps the larger tribes interested because they can properly enjoy the Ark end-game with huge raids, advanced breeding and all that goes with it.
What are you waiting for? Join EliteArk and experience the Season system for yourself!