With a new Path of Exile
challenge league every three months, you might wonder whether Grinding Gear Games
can keep coming up with new themes for each one. And each quarter, it does! We’ve had leagues where prophecies add a random element to the gaming, where powerful rogue exiles turn on players, where secret golden chests full of loot are uncovered, and where portals open to a different dimension — just to name a few. The current league includes gaping fissures into the abyss. So what’s coming next
For that answer, I sat down with Producer Chris Wilson to talk about PoE’s next update, which hits on March 2nd. If you’ve ever looked at any of the creatures in game and wished you could have have one of your own, the Bestiary league will give you that chance. Color me super excited! And if collecting creatures isn’t your forte, there is plenty more happening in content update 3.2.0. Read on for the whole run-down!
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Path of Exile
fans, today is the big day: Grinding Gear Games
is officially unveiling your next expansion, dubbed The Fall of Oriath
It turns out that the place your Exile called home before being banished is not only the main setting of this act but is going through some rough times. Even lowbies like yours truly who vaguely recall their origin story can get behind this act. We’re going home, dealing with civil unrest, and welcoming back some lost deities with sharp pointy objects or finger-wiggling destruction. And that’s literally just the beginning.
Read on for our preview of the expansion from last week’s press event, plus brand-new screenshots and the new trailer!
If you’ve ever wanted to call out “Once more unto the Breach!” as a battle cry, Path of Exile
offers you just that chance starting on December 2nd at 3:00 p.m. EST. That’s when Breach, the Atlas of Worlds
mid-expansion challenge league, launches. And this three-month league is literally all about finding and entering short-lived breaches in reality, furiously fighting enemies for new goodies before the brief window of opportunity closes.
What exactly will players face when they enter a breach? What rewards will they emerge with? And what other changes are in store for the rest of Path of Exile in patch 2.5.0? Producer Chris Wilson shared these details with us, and we’re sharing them (and the images and trailer) with you. Read on!
While some people were clinging to rumors
that David Brevik
was returning to the Diablo
franchise that originally made him famous, the truth is that the man and his magnificent beard have made the journey to a different ARPG altogether: Path of Exile
. His main task, it seems, is to assist with the upcoming launch
of the game in China.
“Yes, David is an advisor for our Chinese Path of Exile launch. He’s working with us and Tencent,” confirmed Grinding Gear Games Lead Developer Chris Wilson on Reddit.
This news puts in context a somewhat cryptic tweet that Brevik sent out a few days ago: “For 20 years, Diablo-like games have evolved & surprised us. I’m proud to be the adviser for the game that pushes this genre to new heights.”
It’s nearly that time again — time for the next Path of Exile
expansion! Few games can boast an expansion schedule that runs like clockwork, but PoE
does so with new leagues every three months and expansions every six. Because of that, players already knew approximately that the next expansion and league would start sometime around September. Now we have an exact date: September 2nd. And we also now have the details of both!
I sat down with Producer Chris Wilson to learn all about this next expansion, dubbed Atlas of Worlds. The main crux of the expansion is adding to the maps at end game, both in number and in story elements. And the next league, which debuts on the same day of the expansion, is called Essence league. Here, you can get the details on both.
I see something coming in the future… something that will be of interest to Path of Exile
fans. And it will arrive on June 3rd. It’s the big mid-expansion update! Called Path of Exile: Prophecy
, this big content release and beginning of the next challenge league launches in two weeks. As the name might suggest, Prophecy
has a fortune-telling theme to it, brought to life with new mechanics, new items, and a new NPC. I gazed into my powerful crystal ball, calling upon all of my future-reading abilities (read: sat down with Producer Chris Wilson
) to learn about what Wilson called a “mini-expansion” companion to Ascendancy
. See what your future holds in Prophecy
Are you ready to enter the labyrinth
? Last November we learned all about Path of Exile’s
unique gameplay experience that will opens its doors in the next expansion, Ascendancy
. Since that time, we’ve slowly learned about many of the 19 specialization classes
that will also be introduced when the expansion launches in two weeks
. Today, Grinding Gear Games’
Producer Chris Wilson
shared with Massively OP the details of the 18th Ascendancy class: the Chieftain. What’s so special about this class? If you are a Marauder and you really, really like playing with fire, it’s tailor-made just for you. More than that, it’s the class that is specifically built to use the new totem skill.
Earlier this month, Grinding Gear Games
teased Path of Exile
players with an announcement
of an upcoming expansion announcement. Well folks, today’s the day! I sat down with Producer Chris Wilson
to learn the juicy details about what is coming to the AORPG in early 2016. And what I saw has me pretty excited. I admit, last time I previewed an expansion
with Wilson, I was left a bit intimidated; those passive skill tree modifications in Act IV made an already deep system mind blowing
. This time, however, all I feel is an eagerness to jump in and experience the content.
Dubbed Ascendancy, this expansion focuses on an ever-changing labyrinth that players can delve into, full of puzzles, traps, and sometimes even secret rooms. There are three new skill specializations for each class, and a new type of enchantment to add to gear. Unlike The Awakening, Ascension is not a continuation of story and content at the end of the game; it isn’t Act V (which will be coming later). Instead, it is designed for everyone to participate in. Here’s the scoop.
Massively: We’re here with Path of Exile Producer Chris Wilson to talk about the state and future of this ARPG. Thanks for joining us Chris! So, how is Path of Exile doing lately?
Chris Wilson: Really well. We’re five weeks into the closed beta of our largest expansion ever: The Awakening. We’ll be releasing it in early June, and it’s a big game changer for Path of Exile. In addition to the huge amount of Act Four content, we’ve also introduced a socketable passive skill tree that can be customised by craftable jewels. This expansion also introduces our newly rewritten networking code, which improves the experience for a lot of users.
In other news, we recently launched Path of Exile in Russia and various other CIS countries with the help of Garena Online.
If you thought Path of Exile’s
previous three content updates would be hard acts to follow, you clearly haven’t heard enough about the upcoming Act IV The Awakening
. Slated for a June release, this expansion makes such a huge impact on the game that it will have its own closed beta test! Along with additional story, new mobs and legendary bosses, brand-new areas, powerful new skills, and plenty of unique gear, Act IV includes a slew of user interface improvements, a complete rebalancing of the core game, and what may be the most shocking announcement for players of this popular OARPG
: a modifiable passive tree. On top of that, PoE
will launch internationally with localization for Chinese, Russian, and Thai players.
Oh yes, Act IV will be the hard act to follow.
With such major changes coming, we beamed in for a remote press demo hosted by Grinding Gear Games’ Chris Wilson, who is both producer and lead designer for PoE, to get the details on what players can expect once those closed beta doors open on April 20th.