From Press Release:
Auckland, New Zealand – July 31, 2023 – This past weekend at ExileCon 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand – developer Grinding Gear Games’ second event celebrating the community for their long-running Action RPG Path of Exile – exciting new details were revealed for Path of Exile 2, including the announcement of a Closed Beta set for June 7.
Path of Exile 2 is a next-generation Action RPG created by Grinding Gear Games. Set years after the original Path of Exile, you will return to the dark world of Wraeclast and seek to end the corruption that is spreading. Path of Exile 2 is a free-to-play online multiplayer game separate from the original Path of Exile. Path of Exile 2 features online multiplayer with co-op for up to six players.
Among the announcements made during ExileCon, a plethora of content was shown, including a brand new gameplay trailer, a cinematic trailer and a walkthrough of an Act Three demo of Path of Exile 2.
Path of Exile 2 Key Features:
Return to a Dark Fantasy World – Since the death of Kitava, society has been slowly rebuilding, but Corruption has once again started to spread throughout Wraeclast. The people whisper of a ghastly living Seed that drives those around it to madness. Path of Exile 2 features a brand new campaign with six acts, 100 distinct environments, 600 monsters and 100 bosses.
Twelve Character Classes – Path of Exile 2 features twelve character classes, two for every combination of Strength, Dexterity and Intelligence. While each of the class variants focuses on a different playstyle, they’re just a starting point. You can combine skills from many classes together to create your ideal character build. Each of the twelve character classes has its own three Ascendancy specializations, resulting in a total of 36 Ascendancy Classes to pick between.
New Skill Gem System – Path of Exile 2 features 240 Skill Gems that grant devastating active skills and 200 Support Gems that modify their behavior. Combine these together to create your perfect build. This is the next generation of Path of Exile’s famous skill system. Support Gems are now socketed directly into Skill Gems, removing many of the frustrations present in the old system while maintaining all the previous depth. It’s now possible to six-link every skill your character uses.
Dual-specialise your Passive Skill Tree – Path of Exile’s iconic Passive Skill Tree has made a return, with 2,000 skills that allow you to completely customise your gameplay experience. It now features Dual Specialisation, the ability to allocate some passive skill points to two different sets of skills. They engage whenever the appropriate weapon or skill type is used. For example, you can have some points allocated to both daggers and traps, or ice and lightning, and as you swap between attacks, the appropriate skill points will apply. This lets you specialise in multiple areas without opportunity cost.
Uncover All-new Items – Path of Exile 2 features 700 equipment base types and every single one has its own unique item you can find. You can augment your arsenal with new weapons such as Spears, Crossbows and Flails, as well as supplementary items like Focuses, Traps and redesigned Sceptres.
Explore a new Endgame – At the conclusion of Path of Exile 2’s six-act campaign, you’ll gain access to its endgame. Each of the more than 100 endgame maps has its own boss fight and modifiers that enable revamped versions of many of Path of Exile’s past leagues. We’ll reveal more details of the surprises that await you in Path of Exile 2’s endgame in the leadup to release.
View everything announced about Path of Exile 2 at pathofexile2.com
While Path of Exile 2 is in full production and isn’t entering public beta until mid-2024, you may be able to play it before then! In addition to ExileCon in New Zealand, we’re showcasing a large demo at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany (late August) and PAX West in Seattle, USA (early September). Keep your eyes on our news for more opportunities to play!
Path of Exile 2 will be available on PC, macOS, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
To learn more about Path of Exile 2, go to pathofexile2.com
About Grinding Gear Games
Grinding Gear Games was founded in 2006 and is based in West Auckland, New Zealand. Its team members come from various countries and have a diversity of backgrounds ranging from artificial intelligence and software security to industrial design and professional tournament gaming. After the release of its flagship title, Path of Exile, GGG has been committed to ongoing expansion and new content releases for the critically-acclaimed game. In 2018, Tencent acquired a majority interest in Grinding Gear Games.
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