Path of Exile Ultimatum league is now live

    
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Path of Exile friends, I hope you have blocked off your weekend and stocked your fridge because Ultimatum is very definitely happening to you tonight. As this post goes live, the servers have just come down to begin patching and preloading. They’re expected to be back up around 4 p.m. EDT with the update.

Our own MJ spoke to Grinding Gear Games’ Chris Wilson last week to get the scoop on what you can expect from this new league. That ought to give you something to read while you patch up, but the short version is that Ultimatum amps the risk-vs.-reward structure of the game, as players run through connected trials and gamble on progressively harder challenges, solo or in groups, with new Vaal uniques, new gems, and improved league rewards all on deck.

We’ll update this piece when it’s go time!

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And it’s live. Have fun folks!
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Dug From The Earth

As much as I love PoE, the complete lack of willingness to invest in the servers needed to support their own games growing player base is extremely upsetting.

They boast about all time highs in consecutive players, but then people are stuck in queues like below, and the game suffers from constant server drops every 5 minutes.

Then, to add insult to injury, GGG stepping in and giving a “Fast pass” to streamers is just a low blow to all the people who have financially supported this game over the years who still get stuck waiting in line.

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Cyclone Jack

Actual release is in a month. As usual, this first month is for beta testing and fixing numerous balance issues that would be obvious to a casual onlooker, as well as the countless bugs.

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David Goodman

My problem with POE is that I love the systems and the gameplay, but I hate going through the story over and over and over again.

D3 has it’s problems, and the only reason I won’t be the first to talk about them is because everyone else beats me to it, but at least when I start a new character in D3 I can get right into rifts and into the end-game style content right away.

I’m really just honestly sick of the story of POE, not because it’s bad, but because i’ve done it so many hundreds of times at this point. I can level fast, I can get through the story fast, but the problem I have is that I HAVE to do that in the first place. It just gets tedious. Because there are so many skills and so many synergies and because the skill tree is what it is (which is a good thing), you don’t get to start playing with a cohesive build, and that tedious to get TO the point where you’re playing the build you want just kills my momentum. (and i’m not a content creator so there’s no financial push to get past it)

I’m looking forward to POE2 so much, but I think i’m skipping this league.

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Dug From The Earth

yeah… 1 to max in D2 can be done in much faster times, 1-2 hours depending on the player.

In PoE, if you know how to speed run, you are still looking at something like 5-6 hours of solid play before you can start playing the “endgame”

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Yangers

D3 sends its regards.

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Bryan Correll

Well, I gave it two attempts and don’t feel like trying more for a while. First one dc’d while fighting Hillock. Second time didn’t even make it that far.

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Arktouros

Is it though…?

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Vanquesse V

popped in here just to make sure that comment would be written. Thanks for looking out :)

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Kevin Smith

Unless you are a streamer that can skip queue just wait till tomorrow. Is a train wreck tonight.

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Bryan Correll

The launcher will now start downloading the patch.