Path of Exile plans its next expansion for mid-July

    
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Prepare to complete the preparation for completion.

The developers behind Path of Exile really hope you’re enjoying the current Ultimatum League, especially since it’s not going to be around all that much longer. The latest announcement on the official site reveals that patch 3.15 is planned for some time in mid-July, which will bring with it a new League, new rewards, and all of the associated elements of a new expansion launching in the middle of the summer. Ultimatum League is thus scheduled to end five days ahead of the next expansion’s launch.

If you’re looking for precise dates, those have yet to be revealed, but you won’t have to wait all that much longer for more details. The developers plan to reveal everything via a livestream on June 24th, complete with the name and gameplay mechanics. So keep your eyes peeled for more information to come later this month, and make sure to get your goals taken care of in the current league sooner rather than later.

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Bryan Correll
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Greaterdivinity

Hoping some useless skill gems get buffs…gimme a non-garbage spectral throw/shield throw build please.

I noped outta this league hard and played standard a bit instead. Was starting to rehab and greatly improve my old aurabot/dominating blow character to do MUCH more damage and be even tankier and…yeah, all the nopes. Lost my bloody guardian with Kingmaker to some bullshit harvest mobs and while the 3ex loss isn’t crippling (it’s standard) the frustration got to me once more.

My kingdom for them to move away from the FAST FAST FAST FAST ONE SHOTS TO COUNTER FAST PLAYERS nonsense. Seeing stuff like Maven get more or less insta-phased again this league is a solid reminder of how absolutely out of control player power has gotten and how design needs to lean on things like one-shots and long immunity phases to actually add some challenge and force players to engage with boss mechanics.

Now I’m just dicking around with Grim Dawn (working on my first character to 100) and a bit of Torchlight 3 (new class is…interesting but needs a lot of work…and there’s nobody left to do that since Echtra is with Zynga now), but neither quite scratches my ARPG itch the way that PoE does when it’s not pissing me off in a million different ways.

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Vanquesse V

Last Epoch is really good these days. Not quite all there when it comes to performance, and no multiplayer yet, but everything else is really good.
The Slormancer is also worth keeping an eye on, though that one has no plans for multiplayer.
Chronicon is also pretty good and has local co-op with “remote play together” support on steam.
40k Inquisitor is also worth a look and probably won’t disappoint as long as you don’t buy it at full price.
And finally take a look at Drox Operative 2 for something a bit more unusual.

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I played LE a bit, seems alright but I’m waiting for MP and more development time. I’ll have to look into Slormancer, but Chronicon was good stuff. May need to play that again as it’s been a while. Will have to look into Inquisitor, but my history with WH games is…not great : /

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Giving a vote for Inquisitor. I’ve played about 300 hours. Many good improvements since launch. For hack n slash mayhem, the Crusader cannot be beat.

Vermintide II (also the WH IP) is pretty good for a co-op lobby game. I play solo cuz at my age co-op play is too fast for me and I still find it enjoyable.

I gave this league of PoE a hard pass also. I’m afraid GGG has been seduced by statistics. They keep looking at the top lines of their data where the top players land and ignore the masses at the bottom.

I’ve set Torchlight 3 aside. I put some 100 hours into it and got my fort decked out, but the knowledge that no one’s ever (meaning in the foreseeable future) going to fix things or cares to make the game better just makes me sad.

My hack n slash Steam library is pretty sparse and everything mentioned here are the top games as far as I can see.

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Seems like Inquisitor has an endgame, may nab it while it’s on sale.

I’ve got Vermintide 2 but it’s a different game for me. Not quite the kind of loot-farming ARPG I want but it’s good. Played it a bit with a friend but he’s very serious about it so we kinda stopped playing since I’m a derp that just likes running around killing things. Haven’t played since they did the free “rogue-lite” update, may give that a spin.

I did nab Livelock on deep sale which is sorta an ARPG. Sadly it seems to crash out late into the game and I couldn’t finish it, but it was a fun little affair.

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Vanquesse V

The story of Inquisitor is surprisingly good IMHO and that game has a very impressive amount of endgame.
I couldn’t remember where I’ve seen the name “Livelock” before since I’ve never played it, but it’s because it’s from the same people making Dark Alliance which is out on the 22nd and will be on both pc and xbox game pass day 1

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Vanquesse V

In the last 3-4 patches LE has really come together balance wise, and the last one made the endgame much more interesting.
In terms of multiplayer, they mentioned a month or so ago that they’ve started moving people back out of working on multiplayer and onto whatever they were doing before the MP push which I take to mean that it’s getting close.
Slormancer is getting the first major patch for early access within a week IIRC.
For inquisitor, season 2 ends on the 15th. We don’t know the start date of season 3 yet, but it’s supposed to bring co-op to void crusades which are randomized endgame min-campaigns.