Whether Blizzard likes it or not, Diablo III fell short of satiating our hunger for action RPGs. Torchlight 2 provided a hearty meal to fill the void, but the time's now perfect for another tasty morsel to hit the plate and Path Of Exile, from Auckland-based Grinding Gear Games, looks the goods.
A piece of VentureBeat reports that since opening the doors to its open beta on January 23, PoE has clocked 2 million registered players, a staggering figure in anyone's books and right up there with triple-A heavyweights.
GGG seems happy with the numbers as well, going by the following quote from the game's producer Chris Wilson:
"We're really pleased with Path of Exile’s reception. It blew our expectations out of the water and continues to grow every day ... The continued feedback and support from our fans has been great. We expect to add a lot of new content and features during the Open Beta period as we approach full release later this year."
At the moment, the game is set for a September release on PC, which, yeah, is an agonisingly long way away. But given the development time GGG has poured into the game already and the care it's taken to get the game just right, I trust its judgement regarding the date.