Grinding Gear Games hosted a brand new livestream on Thursday targeted on Path of Exile 2. The studio additionally introduced the brand new Ultimatum expansion for Path of Exile, set to launch on April 16.
Grinding Gear Games organized its livestream into a number of components, beginning with a brand new Path of Exile 2 trailer and an prolonged gameplay part earlier than leaping into Ultimatum. The studio then hosted a Q&A with ZiggyD — a preferred Path of Exile YouTuber.
Path of Exile 2 first obtained introduced at ExileCon in 2019, so Grinding Gear Games founder Chris Wilson began the stream out by addressing the lengthy radio silence from the crew. Wilson spoke concerning the scope of the sport and the crew’s want to nail the brand new marketing campaign in addition to a number of of the sport’s main system overhauls, together with Skill Gems. In a Q&A with Polygon and different information retailers earlier this week, Wilson mentioned Path of Exile 2 isn’t fairly on the midway level in phrases of growth, however the studio is getting right into a groove with manufacturing.
The trailer showcases a number of new gameplay clips and areas from the brand new Vastiri Desert location — the second main location in Path of Exile 2, after the Island of Ogham, first revealed at ExileCon 2019. After the trailer, Wilson narrated a gameplay showcase for Path of Exile 2, set completely within the new location.
The showcase confirmed off a number of various areas within the Vastiri Desert area, in addition to the huge new caravan that shepherds gamers between totally different areas of their selecting. But the star of the showcase are two of the brand new weapon sort for Path of Exile 2: spears and crossbows.
Both weapon varieties include intrinsic abilities, particular to that weapon sort. For instance, the spear proven within the showcase gave gamers a Whirling Slash capability, which conjured up a storm close to the participant. Leaving the storm causes it to blow up in an space — made simpler by one other of the spear’s intrinsic skills: its disengage talent, which causes the participant to fly backward and throw blades at enemies. The crossbows are equally distinctive, with the power to alter to totally different elemental or armor piercing bolts relying on the fight necessities. Wilson informed press that the studio is not sure which — if any — older weapon varieties will see comparable intrinsic abilities.
The studio additionally confirmed off new mini-bosses — a much bigger focus in Path of Exile 2 — and the sport’s improved animations. Enemy packs even have extra distinctive AI within the sequel, with monster teams that patrol sure areas like troopers.
One of the extra attention-grabbing elements of Path of Exile 2 is that it doesn’t substitute the unique marketing campaign. Both the unique marketing campaign and the sequel marketing campaign will stay on inside the identical recreation consumer, with gamers having the ability to take their previous characters and accounts — full with any microtransactions — via the brand new story or the previous one. To that finish, each Path of Exile and Path of Exile 2 will converge right into a shared endgame post-campaign. And that’s the place Path of Exile: Ultimatum is available in.
After the Path of Exile 2 gameplay showcase, Wilson swapped over to Ultimatum, a brand new expansion and League (Path of Exile’s phrase for seasons) coming subsequent week. Wilson additionally mentioned all current and future Leagues are being constructed with Path of Exile 2 in thoughts.
Ultimatum gives gamers what is basically a Do You Want To Be a Millionaire?-type gameshow, however with barely extra demise and blood. Players will meet the Trialmaster — an emissary of Chaos — who will job gamers to endure Trials.
Trials will present gamers a reward and ask them to pick out an issue modifier. If they succeed within the Trial, the reward is theirs to take. However, the Trialmaster will even supply a second, doubtlessly even higher piece of loot if gamers determine to maintain going. The second Trial might be even tougher than the primary, as will the third, fourth, and so forth, if gamers determine to push it.
Players can stroll away with their rewards between these ranges, but when they die at any level they lose all the pieces. Players will have the ability to set off these occasions with gadgets discovered on the planet, and even sacrifice gadgets to immediate much more highly effective drops from an upcoming Trial. Trials may also grant gamers distinctive rewards with attention-grabbing results.
Ultimatum Trials additionally work in multiplayer, which is a pleasant contact. Players can run Trials collectively, and one can drop out with their rewards whereas the opposite pushes their luck. Players even vote on which problem modifier they like, with the sport rolling the cube within the case of a tiebreaker.
Ultimatum additionally comes with the standard high quality of life enhancements and additions to the sport. For this League, Grinding Gear Games targeted on loot drops, altering round numerous gadgets that may and might’t drop from enemies. Final Act Bosses are actually extra profitable as properly, to unfold out how gamers are spending their time farming for gadgets. Some gadgets that have been League-specific — which means gamers needed to do a selected piece of content material to get an opportunity at them — now seem within the basic merchandise pool as properly.
Finally, Ultimatum provides some new abilities to defeat enemies. For an entire breakdown of the brand new abilities and the in depth checklist of reward adjustments, try the total livestream.
Wilson and the crew didn’t supply a launch window for Path of Exile 2, though we all know it gained’t be out by the tip of 2021. Path of Exile: Ultimatum will launch on April 16.