We had the official announcement a couple of weeks ago, but today a post on the EU forums spells it out again with some slightly different terminology. Era One Ending, Leaderboard Wipe Coming Soon:
The end of Season 1 is fast approaching, and with it, the end of our very first Era.
In Diablo III, an “Era” refers to a specific period of time in which non-Seasonal leaderboards are active. At the end of an Era, all current non-Seasonal leaderboard standings will be wiped and players will be unable to attain new leaderboard ranks until a new Era begins. Similar to Seasons, players will be able to view previous rankings in-game and as well as on our website.
Our first Era will be ending alongside our first Season. We currently anticipate the earliest date for the end of Era 1 (and Season 1) to be Tuesday, February 3. Era 2 will begin immediately after the end of Era 1, while Season 2 will begin sometime after the end of Season 1.
At the end of Season 1, all heroes created during the Season will become non-Seasonal and will be immediately able to compete on the Era 2 leaderboards. For more information on the end of the Season and upcoming Season rollover, click here.
Thank you for participating in our first Era! We look forward to seeing you in Sanctuary.
(Updated to fix a confusion on my part.) So there will be archived Leaderboards for both Era and Seasons, and Era 2 leaderboards will go live as soon as S1 ends, while S2 leaderboards won’t be up for a couple of weeks until S2 starts. I guess that makes sense because when S1 ends, all of the chars from that join the “Era” pool, and it’s not fair to mix them and their Seasonal gear with the non-seasonal chars, hence the leaderboards from Era 1 are being archived to preserve them as they were in that state of the game.
It’s also going to be interesting when S2 begins, since the Era 2 leaderboards will already be up to GR50+ with existing characters, while the new characters in S2 gradually gear up to move into the higher levels of GRifts.
I’m planning to leap into S2 when it goes live, but not with any real plan for GRift records, because Hardcore. How about you guys? Does the prospect of fresh clean leaderboards give you excite, whether in Season 2 or Era 2?