New Zealand Made Action RPG Path Of Exile Announces New Expansion

New Zealand Made Action RPG Path Of Exile Announces New Expansion

Path of Exile, the action RPG from the NZ-based Grinding Gears, has been kicking goals for a while now. Running a free-to-play, online game is a risky move, yet the Kiwi developer has managed to succeed where so many have failed. Double-extra good news — it’s just announced a new expansion, The Awakening, and a closed beta to beat it into shape.

For the video-inclined, Curse has put together a first-look that will take you through the highlights. On the other hand, if you enjoy reading, there’s a great breakdown over at Gamepedia. Now, if that’s too much, Blue’s News has distilled the main features into point form:

  • New Act 4
  • 11 new skills, 9 new boss fights, 90 new unique items
  • Closed Beta opening on April 20 (by application, starting small and getting extended)
  • Passive tree rework
  • Ability to socket new Jewels into the passive tree for special effects in nearby area
  • Rework of existing content
  • New quality of life additions
  • Script-able loot drop filter to completely customise filter/colour/highlight/border/sound of drop levels
  • Net code rewrite! New Lockstep mode available, offering a “wait for server and only show the truth” mode on top of the existing “prediction + desync” mode!

As mentioned above, the beta begins Monday after next and you’ll need to register your interest before then to be involved.

Path of Exile: The Awakening [Gamepedia]


  • The article’s title really needed a hyphen in it. Thought it was saying that the country made a game company announce an expansion because of legal reasons or something, not “New Zealand-made game announces an expac”

  • Awesome to see this game soldiering on. One of the few games to ever get free to play right, bought a couple of skins just to support the development of the game. Pretty damn good game too, might reinstall it and give it a whirl again for old times sake.

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