Path of Exile’s biggest expansion ever, Betrayal, is live this afternoon

    
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Get ready to be betrayed, folks: Path of Exile’s Betrayal expansion is livesies today. The official site anticipates the servers coming up at 2 p.m. EST today after the patch-and-pray period that began this morning. That’s PC, of course: Xbox One players will wait until December 10th. PS4 players wait until next year. Sorry. Expect to be pulling down 4.5BG in patch power, or 13GB if you go the torrent route. As we’ve previously covered, Betrayal marks POE’s fourth expansion and the biggest to date.

“Betrayal sees the introduction of four new Forsaken Masters and the mysterious retirement of the old cohort. In addition to the new master content, it introduces new skills and player archetypes that add even more variation to the ways you can play Path of Exile. We’ve also revamped the game’s Hideout system, overhauled Master Crafting, created a new Atlas of Worlds and introduced many new skills, items and maps. This release also includes the Betrayal league, where players will get to investigate and influence a shadowy organization called the Immortal Syndicate.”

All of our coverage of Betrayal so far:

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Sangarsh Singh

I love Path of Exiles, I also playing Rule of survival this game also amazing on survive base

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Oleg Chebeneev

Im waiting for Grim Dawn next expansion instead

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Gotta say, GGG aced it again. When they realized their servers were overwhelmed, they took immediate measures and explained why and what they had done.

I found the game incredibly wonky, stalling, unable to tab out and even frozen at one point before they instituted their emergency queue. Once back into the game, it was steady and all the issues I had experience before were gone.

Kudos, GGG.

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Denice J. Cook

You know, I’ve got time off for the holidays; I’m finally going to take the PoE plunge.

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Armsbend

It doesn’t even matter if you really like arpgs much – in today’s environment it is easily a top 5 produced game.

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Denice J. Cook

Diablo 2 is one of my fav games of all time. ;)

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Armsbend

well there is no way you wouldn’t like it then. This has always been called Diablo 2.5.

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Mark Mealman

It’s a great game. If you’re gonna play it in bulk, I’d recommend trying to find someone to play the game with. Maybe try reddit’s gamerpals sub or something. POE is a fun game, but it’s amazing co-op and sadly the in game social tools are kind of meh.

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BalsBigBrother

Yup I think this might be taking up a lot of my time over the Christmas break.

Going to be starting out with a Witch zombie / skels minion build. Its the easiest build I know for a solo self found character that is still fun to play. It will allow me to build up some items for the league that I can use for other builds down the line.

Good luck to the folks who are jumping in and may rngesus bless you.

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BalsBigBrother

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Veldan

Oh wow. This is awesome, but I won’t lie, it also makes me a little sad. I’m someone who disagrees with the direction the game was and continues to be taken in (power creep / easymode, especially) and I’m sad that this direction is what’s gaining them the most players.

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Tithian

Then you need to play in this league. Damage of some OP melee skills was dialed back through some targeted weapon nerfs, and the league mechanics are super RIP-y.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Just got kicked and queued. Posting on launcher says they have 50% more users than the last launch, which was quite large, IIRC.

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Armsbend

happened to both of us at the same time I think. queue wasn’t bad. 3 or 4 minutes.

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BalsBigBrother

Its not a proper PoE launch day without a few server crashes :-)

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Armsbend

Launch weekends are the best. I love the crazy global and trade chat.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I love seeing the the league firsts go by. I’m plugging along in Act 1 and someone’s already in Sarn, already level 29. Eeeks! What would that take, 25 minutes into a league to be in Act 3?

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Armsbend

Back when they used to run speed run leagues (man those were fun) you’d be amazed at how fast some people went. The trick is to not stop, not kill every mob and not open every box. Keep moving, always killing a few levels above your character. Don’t skip the blue mobs.

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Armsbend

I’m thinking my first ever Melee build today. Molten Strike Jugs maybe. You?

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Witch necromancer slow build. Minions are just so much destruction and easy levels.

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David Bresson

Gonna try my Toxic Rain/Herald of Agony Pathfinder again. So fun to level with!