2013 MMOARPG Path of Exile hit peak concurrency in March thanks to its latest patch

Path of Exile just keeps getting bigger and bigger in terms of both players and team size, and it's actually providing the numbers to back it up.

A press release out from Grinding Gear Games declares that update 2.6.0 propelled the MMOARPG to a peak online concurrent player count of 112,800 earlier this month, with 65,000 of those playing concurrently through Steam, putting the game behind only Dota 2 and CS:GO during that chunk of time. According to the studio, that makes 2.6.0 the "franchise's largest and most successful to date with a 40-percent increase in the number of players online for the launch."

2.6.0 was big, but it's not even the biggest thing happening to the New Zealand-based game this year: It's got a huge expansion called The Fall of Oriath coming out in 2017. It most recently made headlines for creating a "transparent lockbox" with declared odds for the best stuff inside.

Source: Press release
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Johnny

Bree, Path of Exile is not an MMO. It offers no MMO experiences. There is no instances, lobbies or anything that allows you to play with a massive amount of people. Why are you forcing the term? The developers themselves say they hate being mis-classified as an MMO. They go into great detail as to why. And surprise! Its because the game does not support a massive amount of players in one shared experience.

http://pathofexile.wikia.com/wiki/Why_we_hate_being_called_an_MMORPG

Please, stop classifying games as an MMO when they don't have a massive amount of players TOGETHER. Separate instances don't count. MMO simply stands for the amount playing together. There is no other meaning. Its a simple definition. That's all. Persistence doesn't matter. Neither does leveling or any of that jazz. Just the amount of players playing TOGETHER.

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Armsbend

You always see a few dozen people running around in each village. I can trade with anyone. I can party up with anyone. They have global chat.

MMOish to me. As much as any of the lobby shooters if not moreso.

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Johnny

There is no such thing as MMOish. A few dozen is also not a massive amount of people. MMO stands for Massively Multiplayer Online. Your definition of it, which is wrong, as per the actual definition of each word, would mean that Counter Strike is an MMO which it is not.

Lobby shooters are not MMO's either. You are wrong. Plain and simple. You literally don't have a leg to stand on because the actual definition has got my back. I sincerely hope you've been educated. I am not trying to be pompous or an ass (I know I come off that way), I am just a very literal person. I assure I have left no room for mistakes. Path of Exile by definition, is not an MMO.

Also, there is never a few dozen in the villages. I play the game off and on, and its maybe a dozen. A few dozen would still be below standard multiplayer numbers, which is now adays 64-100.

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Threevo V

You must be a blast at parties

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rafael12104

Ah, PoE. Many times overlooked and underrated by the masses. And yet, whenever I go back to it, I have fun. I don't play it all the time, but it is a constant in that it is always solid and progressing nicely.

PoE is really quite a success story. Kudos to them!

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Armsbend

I think the 60/40 split on steam to no steam is telling. That might be a semi-reliable indicator of how many people play other games that had a following before they released on Steam.

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Rheem Octuris

Keep in mind the steam version takes forever to update due to the way the game's files are set up. Steam has to preallocate the entire game for every minor patch, then download the tiny patch file, then run it through the entire program to update. This can take 10-15 minutes depending on your hard drive, assuming you don't have the game on a SSD.

The only downside to the normal launcher? You have to log in every time.

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Armsbend

I tried working with GGG to get my account removed from association with Steam and it was not worth the extreme effort they required. Granted this was a few years ago but still.

Updating through Steam is the pits but I think I'm stuck with it on this game.

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Lorgarn

MMOARPG... really now? Interesting.

Is that them, as in GGG, calling it that or where does that come from exactly?

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As far as the game goes, its amazing and GGG deserve every praise they get. They've continued to work and improve PoE for so many years, they essentially turned it from a good game to a great game with the effort they put in. So happy for them and I can't wait to play the next expansion.

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Johnny

Actually, even they recognize they aren't an MMO.

http://pathofexile.wikia.com/wiki/Why_we_hate_being_called_an_MMORPG

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Greaterdivinity

This games continued success to be a bright spot in the industry. Seriously, I couldn't be happier with how great of a job these cats have done with this game.

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Armsbend

I have this itch on the back of my neck (no, not the bump the other side) that thinks the huge release is a setup for a possible sale. I desperately hope not.

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Greaterdivinity

Why? The games clearly doing very well, and I've not seen any indication of the GGG folks looking to get out of the industry or anything. They still seem very much invested in the game, and with no money troubles a sale shouldn't really even be something to worry about.

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Armsbend

I just do. I think the company could sell for half a bill or so. Think about it - after years and years of toil you get to that payday...and you can buy an island. Most people take the island. Notch, the guys at Digital Extremes, Riot...pretty much everybody has an exit strategy in software.

I just have a gut feeling is all.

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Bryan Correll

But they already live on an island! The North Island. Selling off GGG would be an insult to Kiwi pride.

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Armsbend

Selling DE was a blow to Canada. Minecraft to Sweden, etc. It happens.

I dont want it to happen I just feel it will. I'd sell it if it were mine. Assured some Chinaman wants it .

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smuggler-in-a-yt

"Peak Concurrency" - is that like "Peak Oil"?

I see what you did there.

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