If we’re being honest, Path of Exile’s last expansion, Expedition, did not go well: It was widely perceived as a killjoy expansion and saw lower-than-usual player concurrency, even as Grinding Gear Games’ own Chris Wilson paintstakingly explained the studio was trying to work its way out of a powercreep trap with the nerfs. It stands to reason, then, that the followup to Expedition has some work to do to win back the playerbase’s love. That followup is called Scourge, and it officially launches today.
As MOP’s Wandering Wraeclast columnist MJ has already chronicled, Scourge and its concomitant league adds the crucible modification mechanic, new uniques, new gems, new skills, a streamlining revamp of the Atlas, a revamp of passives, improvements to the guild stash, currency stacking, uber versions of old leagues, and gobs more.
Servers are expected back up before 3 p.m. EDT, which is not coincidentally exactly when this post goes live. Have fun in there, folks!