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Fans of Path of Exile
are enjoying The Fall of Oriath
expansion now. Anecdotal evidence might not be admissible in court, but fans seem happy. And so the next step for the development team is… not to roll around in piles of money, but to thank people. To thank everyone involved with the game, in fact
Did you work on the game’s customer support or development teams? You deserve thanks. Responsible for back-end server maintenance or external processing services? You also deserve thanks. Heck, even if you’re just a fan eagerly clamoring for the expansion and looking forward to playing it, you deserve thanks. It’s a nice message to see, a hearty “thank you” to everyone who’s made this expansion successful in their own ways. Feel free to check out MJ’s stream below if you’d like to see how it plays before jumping in yourself.
Massively OP’s MJ has been excitedly waiting for the launch of Path of Exile’s The Fall of Oriath
expansion, and now it’s finally here! Today she gets to savor the new story as she delve into Act V and beyond. Even better, she’s been saving the final boss of ACT IV to share with you, so tune in live at 4:00 p.m. to check out the new changes as MJ plows through the Act IV boss and moves on to Act V on her fire witch.
What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 4th, 2017
It’s the largest single-day release of new content since the game’s launch — and unlike a lot of expansions mentioned lately, it’s all free, free, free. Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath
launches today, bringing the game up to Patch 3.0.0
and vastly expanding the single-player campaign.
The expansion brings up the number of acts to a total of 10, adds a truckload of new skills and items, and introduces the pantheon system to make your character even more god-like.
“Best the ancient gods of Wraeclast in battle and you can claim a portion of their power,” the studio explained. “There are four major god powers and seven minor god powers to be claimed in The Fall of Oriath. You can have one major and one minor power active at a time, and can return to any town or hideout to change which powers are active at no cost.”
As you wait for your computer to download the 7.1 GB update and for the patch counter to tick down to 4 p.m. EDT, you can read up on the patch notes and re-watch the official trailer below!
Is this expansion week here at Massively OP or what? In just two days, Path of Exile
will be rolling out its hotly anticipated Fall of Oriath
pack to PC players (Xbox One folks are still waiting to hear about a release date).
While the waiting might be hard, at least there is a wall of patch notes to dig through in preparation of the big event. The tentpole of the expansion is its half-dozen additional acts, the new pantheon system, and the new help panel — but that’s by no means all there is.
“The Fall of Oriath is our largest content expansion ever,” the team said. “In addition to six new acts of content, it includes new skill and support gems, unique items, our new water renderer, improvements to world environments, the minimap, game performance, and much, much more!”
Hey, Path of Exile
console fans. Have you been moping on the sidelines throughout the long PC beta for Fall of Oriath
? Were you sad to find out it’s launching on PC on August 4th
? Then I have good news for you!
“Grinding Gear Games has announced today that its highly anticipated massive expansion, Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath, will launch its beta for Xbox One at 2pm pacific on Wednesday, July 26th.”
That’s literally right as this post is going live; you can run over and register right now. “Space is limited and players selected will receive their Xbox One beta keys via email,” warns the studio.
As we’ve previously covered, the expansion adds literally new everything, from new skills and bosses to new locations, plus the new pantheon system, five new acts, and the difficulty level system. Just getting caught up? Don’t miss our February preview and reveal, our steam and hands-on with the PC beta, and our E3 interview on the expansion!
Path of Exile’s
Fall of Oriath expansion finally has a formal launch date: August 4th. The expansion adds literally new everything, from new skills and bosses to new locations, plus the new pantheon system, five new acts, and the difficulty level system. Over in the beta
, the devs are working hard on the Labyrinth, maps, and flask balancing with just a couple weeks to go. The aborted microtransaction system
is also slated for this coming Friday.
Just getting caught up? Don’t miss our February preview and reveal, our steam and hands-on with the beta, and our E3 interview on the expansion, plus the new images and trailer below!
Things are getting downright serious with Path of Exile’s
upcoming expansion. The team recently pumped out the second wave
of the Fall of Oriath
beta, which featured a wipe and the inclusion of Act 8 into testing. Wave 3 with its performance improvements is planned to arrive next week, followed by Wave 4 a week later.
“We are also hoping to release the 2.6.3 patch to the live servers in the next week, which includes the new microtransaction system,” the team added. “We want to get this deployed as soon as we can so that everyone can start using their microtransactions in the beta and be able to test the content in style.”
Considering that the team has said in the past that it wants to get the expansion out this month, that puts the release window somewhere in the last week of July.
Lag spikes and stuttering framerates may be a thing of the past
in Path of Exile
. The devs announced that with its next beta build for The Fall of Oriath
, they are implementing changes that will keep FPS at a playable pace even when players are spamming the heck out of flashy skills.
“In Wave 3 of the Beta, we have significantly improved the speed of creating and destroying objects. This was the primary cause of spikes when using a lot of skills. We can now create thousands of skill effects per second without significantly slowing down the frame rate,” the studio reported. “We have also added a new feature called Dynamic Resolution. This is a feature that allows us to maintain high frame rates even as the amount of particles increase by decreasing the resolution of the 3-D scene temporarily.”
The team also devoted some screen space to sharing behind-the-scenes insights into the expansion’s soundtrack. You can listen to a little of that after the break!
Money talks — and it paves the way to betas, as we’ve seen many times in this genre. So if you’re a little nervous about not getting into the Path of Exile: Fall of Oriath
summer beta test, well, the team at Grinding Gear Games
is gracious enough to allow you to pay them a few bucks and they’ll leave the back door open for you.
Supporter packs for the upcoming expansion are now for sale, all of which offer “immediate beta access” in case you’re not into delayed gratification. The packs start at $30 and range up to a staggering $480. Kids? Bad news: You’re not going to eat this summer. Dad’s got to get his video game shinies.
In addition to Fall of Oriath beta keys, the packs contain premium currency, titles, the soundtrack, an array of armor sets, weapon effects, cloaks, social frames, a t-shirt, and an art book.
The beta for Path of Exile’s Fall of Oriath
expansion is officially live this evening right on schedule.
● Act 5: The Fall of Oriath: Return to Oriath, home to the oppressive Templar theocracy. Explore frozen mountaintops, pristine temples and anarchic city streets. Leave a trail of furious destruction as you seek vengeance for your exile.
● A Single Playthrough, a Complete Story: We’re removing the previous difficulty level system to make room for another five brand new acts, bringing the total to ten. In these five acts, you will weave through both new and familiar locations and witness the results of your past actions.
● Claim the Power of the Gods: Path of Exile’s new Pantheon system provides you with potent powers taken from the Gods themselves. But beware, the Gods won’t go down without a fight.
● New items, new skills, a new challenge league and more, only available at launch!
The microtransaction system won’t make it into today’s update; we chronicled the tech issues swirling around that update this morning. Check out the brand-new screenshots and beta release trailer, and stay tuned for our impressions tomorrow!
The beta for Path of Exile’s
Fall of Oriath expansion is expected to launch today, but it hasn’t been without its technical issues. On Monday, Grinding Gear Games
had to roll back the 2.6.1 microtransaction system
for fixes. The same thing happened last night, causing the team to once again roll back to 2.6.0.m
and inform players that the microtrans system won’t be included in today’s 2.6.2 patch
The beta is anticipated to include acts 5 through 7, the visual upgrades for earlier content, balance changes, item changes, the Labyrinth restructure, new minimap, and the Pantheon feature for acts 6 and beyond. Act 8 will be added to the beta later (9 and 10 won’t be); there are no unique items to test right now, nor any new support or skill gems. And of course, the microtransaction system won’t be live.
GGG has also warned players that Atlas of Worlds supporter packs and their exclusive bits will vanish forever once this beta begins, so grab one while you can.
Stay tuned for more coverage from us on the expansion, and in the meantime, check out this video of an act seven boss!
The beta for Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath
is starting in two days, on June 8th, and it’s no small potatoes to the dev team. In fact, if going by the website is any indication, the expansion test is being treated as something on par of a complex military invasion.
That’s why there is not just one, but two FAQs to disseminate all of the important information to potential testers. The test will cover five to six weeks during the summer and will draft players using waves of silent invites. Of course, you can always pay to get in by buying one of the supporter packs.
When June 8th hits, the main game will get Patch 2.6.2, beta keys will start to go out, an Act V trailer will be released, supporter packs will be sold, and embargo lifts will happen across the internet. The first seven acts of the game are planned for testing at this point, with the eighth act coming soon thereafter. Acts nine and ten are being reserved for the launch of The Fall of Oriath in mid-July.