Grinding Gear said that it will be freeing up names from characters that haven’t been touched or played in a while. While the number of names to be freed wasn’t revealed, the studio said that it will only apply to characters that have been inactive for a year or longer. In other words, if you’ve logged onto your character in the past 12 months, that name will continue to be yours.
Path of Exile’s meaty Awakening content update hits the servers tomorrow, and while the patch will add plenty to the game, there’s one thing that it will be taking away: reserved names of long-inactive characters.
Source: Path of Exile