When a very large body of energetic mass crosses/intersects this EVE universe at the right angle through it, it could replenish the depleted asteroids and gas fields essentially resetting the game.
"Scientists today detected what they are calling a highly energetic relativistic speed galaxy remnant filament heading towards the regions of (insert worse low sec sectors here), it is travelling at a rate which will have it cross regions (0.1) (0.2) (0.3) and (0.4) over the course of the next two weeks.
Capsuleers in these regions are urged to leave these areas and evacuate them immediately or face possible destruction."
After which a new playing board is realized, and it’s an “Act of god” so insurance doesn’t have to pay in some cases unless it was listed as a possible cause for loss protection.
If you’re going to burn it, burn it. Reset the board, and in places the game is new.
After studying the replenishment rates of various mined materials, the rates have dwindled to a point where only the oldest corps have any chance of making it big or staying that way.
All the good land is owned, all the major points of trade cemented, but in the universe there are wild cards that play which go beyond pen and paper protections.
The crossing of another galaxy’s mineral wealth allows for the limited deposition of rare new minerals and technology from the new sources that can only be found in the destroyed/changed zones that the filament crossed. Meaning miners and everyone else in the game would rush to fill and build in the void left behind, not to mention the possibility of massive salvage of station-sized deposits of technologies.
It’s going to have to happen eventually, space is in an ever-changing state of being.