Grinding Gear Games just announced Path of Exile 2 out of nowhere at ExileCon.
As everyone was busy with Microsoft’s X019 and the numerous announcements, Grinding Gear Games was preparing their own surprise reveal. The company dropped a surprise announcement during its annual celebration of all things Path of Exile dubbed as ExileCon, confirming that they are working on the sequel to 2013’s popular dungeon crawler action RPG, Path of Exile 2.
The announcement came in the form of a video as well as a lengthy gameplay walkthrough. The announcement trailer starts with our main character escaping from getting hanged and shows the familiar top-down gameplay and ends with an interesting phrase, “one game, two campaigns.” What this means is that not only will Path of Exile 2 have its own seven-act storyline but it will also support the campaign from the original version. Both games will come to the same shared Atlas endgame.
In addition to that, Path of Exile 2 will also contain all the downloadable content made for the original version over the years as well as introducing a new skill system, Ascendancy Classes, game engine improvements and more.
As the official website states, Path of Exile 2’s characters are “a new set of Exiles who fall into the same class archetypes as those in the original game.” This allows them to pick from the 19 new Ascendancy Classes which are different than those available in the Path of Exile 1 campaign.
As with the skill system, Grinding Gear Games claims that Path of Exile 2 will introduce the next-generation of Path of Exile’s iconic skill system. The new Skill Gem system will allow players to socket Support Gems directly into Skill Gems and thus remove most of the frustrations experienced in the old system while maintaining its depth. The new system allows you to “six-link” every skill your character uses.
Grinding Gear Games has also redone the entire progression of armor and weapons from start to finish. Not only that, but they have also added new animations and character models. Your previous purchased items are also compatible. Passive skill trees and other core game mechanics have also seen some changes but the developer promised to announce more details about them in the future.
The developer continued to say that over the years they wanted to make a lot of changes to the current Path of Exile but doing so would’ve broken the existing characters. For this reason, they decided to bring all of them in the form of a large update as Path of Exile 2.
Path of Exile 2 has no release date yet but according to Grinding Gear Games, you shouldn’t expect a beta before late 2020. But don’t worry, the developer will continue to release expansions for the current Path of Exile in its planned three-month cycle with them being available on both Path of Exile 1 and Path of Exile 2 campaigns.
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