Path of Exile plans ‘competitive flashback event’ ahead of 3.3.0 update

Looking for something to do ahead of the June 3.3.0 update for Path of Exile? Grinding Gear Games feels your pain: It’s prepping a “competitive flashback event” next month to help you pass the time.

“The Flashback Event will have three random mods from popular past leagues activated at once,” says the New Zealand studio. “The collection of mods will persist in that area for one hour and the collection of mods will vary from area to area. After an hour has passed the mods will randomize for each area again. Each area will also have the Bestiary league enabled which means that you can continue to finish your challenges while you compete in the Flashback Event. The possible league mods that you could see in an instance alongside Bestiary are Anarchy, Invasion, Breach, Ambush, Torment, Perandus, Beyond, Nemesis, Bloodlines, Abyss and Harbinger.”

And yes, the event is for both PC and Xbox One and will run four different difficulty modes (including standard solo self-found, where you can’t trade or group) starting May 4th through the 29th. Loot includes a special mystery box for hitting level 35, plus additional prizes based on level and rank at the end of the run.

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It’s a shame, I feel like they are doing this because Bestiary was not as well received as they had hoped. As much hype as there was about the league, it certainly has died down substantially. The chat is much quieter than it was a few weeks ago and all of my friends who play religiously have grown bored/annoyed with the beast catching mechanic and stopped playing. This event will very likely hurt the population of beastiary even more, but they need to do something to bring back all the players who have left.


You’re probably 100% correct. They probably want to both A) Bring players back into the game and B) generate hype for the next league / 3.3.0.

I still play Bestiary albeit casually. I will probably roll a new character for this event, my goal is to hit 55. I think that is realistic for me both for the time limit of the event and my interest in the rewards. It would be cool to get entered into the 85 pool but I only have one character ever who’s gotten near that level (78 is my highest all time). The pace that I level / get through the storyline means the 55 pool is probably my highest. Even that will be a bit of a push depending on my work schedule.

Though people hoping for no more Bestiary will be disappointed a little bit with this race, as ALL zones will have a Bestiary mod (Bestiary + 3 other league mods).

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I’m actually disappointed by this as I had finally got the hang of mapping and first time ever got a character to 76. But a Flashback event is too good to miss, so I guess it will be 3.3 before I make any real progress with the Atlas.

I also think Bestiary did not turn out the way they hoped. I found the crafting, other than link and color recipes, to be simply worthless, even for secondary characters. And the catching mechanic is pretty wonky, especially if you’re a squishy AoE build. Maybe they thought people would spend time hunting beasts for the recipes, but it really didn’t turn out to be worth the time.

All the same, I think Bestiary will make it into the base game. The amount of work on the menagerie was quite impressive. Doubt they will trash it, but some aspects of it need to change.

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There’s always a natural drop off in leagues, regardless of which league it is. We’re 1.5 month in now. I’ve quit too, because I was really done. Saw all there is to see, completed the atlas, lvl 92 character, 32 challenges, got more currency that I could hope to need…

I know I played quite a lot, but many PoE players do. Didn’t the devs release info saying that the average play session lasted 5 hours? With that kind of playing, it never takes more than a month to be done with a league. So the decline in activity is quite normal, I think.