All our hard earned play, sob.
Well it will be fun to level up new characters and I think it may be a way to reign in some of the over-level gear that people picked up in the exploited area. Someone on Diablo Fans mentioned finding 4 rings in the new field accessed by a game glitch.
Poor Marcko will lose his gold-capped status and have to start over. I wonder how long it will take him to cap it again.
Here's the official statement:
Update: Due to some additional fixes going into beta patch 15, we will indeed be performing a character wipe. Please note that this wipe will also affect gold, items, achievements, auctions, followers, and artisans.
We will bringing the Diablo III test servers down for maintenance at approximately 10:00 a.m. PST tomorrow morning for database updates and to launch the next beta patch. We anticipate that maintenance will conclude at approximately 10:00 p.m. PST on Friday, March 16.
While we are not planning to wipe characters with this patch, we will be resetting all auctions on both the gold and currency-based auction houses. If any changes are made during maintenance (or before then) that may require a character wipe, we'll be sure to provide an update in this thread.
Thank you for your patience! As always, patch notes will be posted here once the patch is live.