Path of Exile’s 2020 updates included some distinctive Leagues for gamers to discover, like Harvest and Heist. But the first expansion for 2021 comprises greater than only a handful of actions, new loot, and new builds. Echoes of the Atlas expands Path of Exile’s endgame with new bosses, methods, and ability bushes.

A new livestream from developer Grinding Gear Games revealed the upcoming expansion and its accompanying League, Ritual.

After Path of Exile gamers attain the present model of the recreation’s endgame, some of the new Echoes of the Atlas methods will kick in. A mysterious entity generally known as The Maven calls for to look at gamers battle bosses in numerous arenas, making the fights tougher along with her presence.

As gamers impress The Maven over time, she’ll ramp up the problem, asking them to defeat acquainted bosses concurrently — as much as 10 without delay. The Maven will finally problem gamers to a duel. Since she’s the strongest being gamers have confronted up to now, defeating The Maven comes with highly effective, distinctive rewards, like the capacity to construct out a new sort of ability tree.

Path of Exile is notorious for its ridiculous ability tree — a spider’s internet of choices to totally customise every character in a singular method. But the new Atlas Passive Skill Trees, for which gamers achieve factors by defeating The Maven, are a bit completely different.

Path of Exile: Echoes of the Atlas expansion’s new boss rush

The new Maven boss rush in Echoes of the Atlas.
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Instead of immediately contributing to a personality’s energy, the Atlas Passive Skill Trees form the Path of Exile expertise. Players can make investments factors towards a selected sort of exercise. For instance, in the Lex Proxima area of the Atlas Passive Skill Trees, gamers who take pleasure in the Harvest exercise can make investments factors that assist them discover extra Sacred Groves (random Harvest occasions) or earn extra crafting rewards from Sacred Groves. Other areas supply related perks for sure actions, like growing expertise positive aspects from Beyond Monsters.

This new customization system is a method for gamers to decide on the sort of endgame content material they need. Both Heist and Harvest return to Path of Exile as half of the core recreation, including much more random encounters to the world that gamers can come across. Naturally, some gamers will take pleasure in some of these actions greater than others. With the Atlas Passive Skill Trees, gamers can make investments closely in an exercise they love, like Harvest, whereas straying away from upgrades for actions they dislike, like Heist.

In addition to Atlas Passive Skill Tree factors, gamers can decide up new Waystones from The Maven, or a particular merchandise that permits them to alter the properties of their gadgets.

Echoes of the Atlas additionally reworks quite a few Ascendancy Classes — superior variations of the base lessons that gamers can select after reaching a sure in-game level, giving them additional customization choices and ability bushes. The Elementalist, the Inquisitor, the Deadeye, and the Slayer will all see enhancements with Echoes of the Atlas. These reworks add new expertise whereas additionally fleshing out every Ascendancy’s identification extra clearly.

Path of Exile: Echoes of the Atlas’ Ritual Challenge League

One of the titular Rituals from the newest Challenge League
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Despite being an enormous, endgame-focused expansion, Echoes of the Atlas additionally comes with a new Challenge League: Ritual. As with all different Challenge Leagues, gamers can select to begin Path of Exile with a contemporary character and race to the endgame, taking over new challenges.

With Ritual, gamers can come across Altars strewn about the world. After killing the monsters round the Altars, gamers can activate the Altars to return the enemies to life, empowered by the mysterious magic. Subsequent Altars will then spawn their distinctive enemies and the enemies from the earlier Altars in the space. Players can enhance the problem of their Rituals — and the rewards — with gadgets referred to as Ritual Vessels.

Path of Exile: Echoes of the Atlas Ritual Tribute shop

The Tribute retailer after finishing a Ritual
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Depending on the Ritual, gamers will earn a new foreign money referred to as Tribute. Players can spend Tribute to purchase new gadgets from the defeated Ritual. Players lose their Tribute after they depart an space, so it’s unattainable to amass it. If gamers discover a fascinating merchandise they’ll’t afford, they’ll make a partial fee to defer the merchandise. This ensures the desired merchandise will reappear, cheaper, in a later Ritual.

Echoes of the Atlas additionally comes with a bunch of new Unique gadgets and Skill gems, which gamers can use to craft highly effective new builds. This expansion additionally comes with 11 new maps for gamers to play by.

Grinding Gear Games will launch Path of Exile: Echoes of the Atlas on Jan. 15 for Windows PC, and Jan. 20 for PlayStation four and Xbox One.