When it comes to hack-n-slash co-op titles, there’s one which stands above the competitors and it’s none aside from Path of Exile. Grinding Gear Games has managed to create an enormous free to play universe, with a loyal fanbase and a gradual stream of updates that received’t decelerate any time quickly. The sport as is although received’t keep like this for lengthy since Path of Exile 2 is on the way in which and it brings a huge amount of new content in addition to adjustments to its mechanics as we all know them as we speak. Let’s go over what we all know concerning the sequel to date.
The announcement about Path of Exile 2 was made throughout ExileCon which happened a pair of months again. Grinding Gear Games made clear that this received’t be a separate sport however will carry an entire overhaul to the present model of Path of Exile. Not solely is the crew implementing a brand new marketing campaign however can be tweaking the entire customization mechanic, the way in which courses work and its animations. The highway earlier than the discharge is lengthy since GGG expects Path of Exile 2 to be launched in 2021. However, there shall be a beta testing part someday late this yr.
A sequel wouldn’t be full sufficient if it didn’t embody a brand new piece of the story and Grinding Gear Games has ready a complete lot of it. According to the unique announcement, Path of Exile 2 will embody a full new marketing campaign that can accompany the present one. There shall be a brand new opening cinematic, which we noticed within the first POE 2 trailer and new areas to discover. That, of course, comes with model new enemies.
Path of Exile 2 will launch with a solid of new enemies to deal with, starting from swarms of one-shot-one-kill minions to hardcore bosses. In their gameplay demo, GGG confessed that some of their oldest bosses really feel outdated so they’re making an attempt to give some of the brand new low-end bosses extra mechanics to make them extra superior. This will give gamers one other layer of problem together with extra chilling figures that we’ll, positive sufficient, have nightmares about. We’ve already seen two of these bosses within the demo and the fights did look extra superior than what we expertise within the marketing campaign now.
As far as we all know, courses in Path of Exile will stay the identical however since there’s a gem overhaul coming, they’ll really feel model new. Given the truth that GGG will overhaul the way in which gamers equip and handle their expertise, we’ll see all courses get new skills and builds. One extra cause to be excited is the truth that courses now get Shapeshifting, a brand new mechanic that was requested by the group and shall be rigorously applied within the new sport.
In Path of Exile 2, gamers can have the possibility to, seamlessly, remodel right into a beast. In most RPGs, after we hear the phrase shapeshifting we expect of quicker methods to transfer and tankier our bodies to transfer by teams unhurt. In POE 2 although, we will count on a little bit bit extra. According to GGG, shapeshifting will happen immediately within the push of a button and the participant shall be ready to change out and in of it every time he/she pleases. There shall be a choose skillset for every “form”, which can correspond to a sequence of in-game strikes. Those strikes will scale relying by yourself gear’s injury whether or not you’re an archer or a witch. For now, we all know that there shall be a Werewolf shapeshifting kind, whereas there could be a bear, a panther and a cheeta one. We’ll have to wait to discover out extra about what the crew plans to do with this mechanic later this yr.
Longterm followers of the sport will already know that it obtained an enormous visible overhaul final yr, bringing dynamic lighting and visible enhancements throughout the entire universe of Path of Exile. The crew is bringing that overhaul one step additional with the use of a brand new graphics engine which can make visuals much more dynamic than earlier than. We acquired a glimpse of what Path of Exile will appear like within the gameplay demo from ExileCon and the end result is gorgeous.
We received’t discover the endgame of Path of Exile altering a lot when the sequel releases and that’s 100% factor. The Atlas endgame is a “grinding hell” and we like it. Many related RPGs fall into the entice of creating big tales and universes that go nowhere after the extent capping. That is for those who’re not a PvP participant. Path of Exile 2 although has a good distance to go when the marketing campaign is completed. Luckily, we’ll discover the Atlas mapping system, the ascendancies, and end-game grinding to all be there, with extra content material coming down the highway.
Gems – Items
Here we go deep into why we will’t watch for the sequel to launch. GGG plans to do a massive overhaul to gems and the way they work for every construct. For starters, neglect the 2 6-link merchandise cap we had. All objects will now have the flexibility to turn out to be a 6-link, opening up large alternatives for brand new combos. To high that, we’ll haven’t any sockets on gear. Instead, we’ll discover a new panel that can allow you to tweak your gems for every gear piece individually and swap gear with out having to take away your merchandise. That panel may even allow you to see every gem’s DPS output, one thing followers will respect in the long term. Last however not least, you’ll give you the chance to carry gem expertise over to one other one, so no extra
However, the gem overhaul runs manner deeper than that. Path of Exile 2 introduces new gem varieties, just like the meta gem which can allow you to equip Auras and activate them abruptly. This is one extension to the gem implementation system that GGG has deliberate for the sequel. With it, every gem can now implement extra, making a secure place for all of your help gems.
For the time being there’s no set launch window for Path of Exile 2. Grinding Gear Games expects to launch the primary construct in 2021, with a playable beta late this yr. The studio guarantees extra details about the venture to come at E3 2020.
That doesn’t imply that the unique sport is completed for. Up till the discharge of the sequel, the crew will nonetheless provide expansions together with their respective leagues for the remainder of the yr. Right now, the Metamorph league has began, so head to your platform of desire and “create some monstrosities”.