Path of Exile is a free-to-play action role-playing video game developed and published by Grinding Gear Games. Following an open beta phase, the game was released for Microsoft Windows in October The player controls a single character from an overhead perspective and explores large outdoor areas and caves or dungeons, battling monsters and fulfilling quests from non-player characters NPCs to gain experience points and equipment. The game borrows heavily from the Diablo series , particularly Diablo II. While all players on a single server can freely mingle in encampments, gameplay outside of encampments is highly instanced , providing every player or party with an isolated map to freely explore.
The exception is the Scion, formerly a locked prestige class released in , which is aligned with all three attributes. The different classes are not restricted from investing into skills not aligned with their core attributes, but will have easier access to skills that are aligned with their core attributes.
They come in different rarities with increasingly powerful properties. This makes a large part of gameplay dedicated to finding well-balanced and synergistic equipment. Skill gems can be placed in gem sockets of armor, weapons and some types of rings,   giving them an active skill.
As the character advances and levels up, the equipped skill gems also gain experience, allowing the skills themselves to level up and increase in potency. Active skills can be modified by items known as Support Gems. Given limits on the number of sockets, players must prioritize gem usage.
These passive skills improve the core attributes and grant further enhancements such as increased Mana , Health, damage, defenses, regeneration, speed, and more. Each one of the characters start on a different position on the passive skill tree.
The passive skill tree is arranged in a complex network starting in separate trunks for each class aligned with the permutations of the three core attributes. The player must therefore not only focus on maximizing all modifiers related to his primary offense and defense, but must also take care to select the most efficient path through the passive skill tree. As of the 3. Each class has three Ascendancy classes to choose from, except for the Scion, who only has one Ascendancy class that combines the elements of all other Ascendancy classes.
Up to 8 Ascendancy skill points can be assigned out of 12 or Path of Exile is unusual among action role-playing games in that there is no in-game currency. The game's economy is based on bartering "currency items.
Most of these items are used to modify and upgrade equipment, though some identify items, create portals to town or grant skill refund points. The game offers several alternate play modes. Other leagues are usually designed for specific events. They have their own set of rules, item accessibility and aftermath. These rules widely vary depending on the league. For example, timed "Descent" league features another map set, new monster sets and rewards, but characters in this league are no longer available for playing after the league ends.
Racing leagues last between 30 minutes and 1 week. The permanent leagues have counterpart ladder leagues with different rulesets that last three months. The game is set in a dark fantasy world. The player starts the game waking up on the shores of Wraeclast, a continent that once was the center of a mighty empire but is now a cursed land which serves as a penal colony for criminals and other unwanted individuals from the nearby Island of Oriath.
Regardless of the reasons for their exile, the player must now face the unforgiving wilderness and its dangerous inhabitants amidst the crumbling ruins and bloody secrets of the Eternal Empire and the Vaal civilization that came before, and band together with other exiles to survive.
Path of Exile began when a small group of action role-playing game enthusiasts became frustrated by the lack of new releases in the genre and decided to develop their own game. It was developed under the radar for three years before being publicly announced on 1 September Alpha started around June , and ended when 0. Following a period under closed beta which players could pay to join, the developers started an open beta on 23 January which was free to play with purchasable microtransactions.
The game was patched for release version 1. On this date, it was also made available on Steam. Path of Exile ' s first digital expansion, Sacrifice of the Vaal , was released on 5 March The second expansion, Forsaken Masters, was announced on 31 July and released on 20 August at 3pm Pacific.
The version introduce new temporary leagues: Torment and Bloodlines to the game which later added as core mechanics. The Awakening, , entered closed beta on 20 April It includes the addition of a fourth Act containing new map tilesets, quests, and monsters. The version introduced a new temporary league: Talisman to the game which later added as a core mechanic. The Ascendancy expansion pack was released on 4 March Including more than the usual new items and skills, the expansion added several new skills and 19 new ascendancy classes.
The ascendancy classes are each tied to one of the base classes, with three ascendancy classes for each base class, except the Scion which only has one ascendancy class. Each of these new classes will contain its own unique ascendancy skill tree to advance. These new skill trees are much smaller than the base classes full-blown passive trees, but provide a unique specification to one's class not previously seen in the game.
An example is the ascendant Necromancer skill tree, which would allow a witch's summoned minions to release chaos-damage explosions on death, increase the effect of auras, or increase spectres' health and damage. The version introduce new temporary leagues: Prophecy to the game which later added as a core mechanic.
It also introduced the Endgame Labyrinth as well as other minor features. An expansion, titled Atlas of Worlds , was released on 2 September It introduced a new end-game, 30 new maps and 19 new bosses. Version 2. It also introduced other minor new features. The Fall of Oriath expansion was released on 4 August The expansion adds six new acts and was the largest expansion released to date. A new Character Selection Screen was added. A help panel has been created for players to use as well as eight new Vaal side areas with new bosses.
There is also a new passive skill tree planning system. There are three new skill gems and numerous support gems added as well. The Pantheon system has also been added, where a player can obtain interchangeable buffs from boss gods found in the new content. The War for the Atlas expansion was revealed on 16 November ,  and released on 8 December It focused on overhauling the Atlas of Worlds, adding 32 new maps, as well as other new items.
After War for the Atlas which also introduced the Abyss mechanics ,  the leagues Bestiary , Incursion and the Delve had introduced new mechanics to the game. They became permanent mechanics in the Betrayal expansion.
The Betrayal expansion and league was revealed on 13 November ,  and was released on 7 December In February , on top of the announcement of Synthesis league, it was announced that the Syndicate that was introduced in Betrayal league, had become permanent mechanics as well. The Synthesis league launched on 8 March , which introduced new type of in-game loots called fractured item and synthesized item.
New lore was also introduced. The Legion expansion includes a major overhaul of melee combat skills, and the league introduced new in-game mechanics as well as a new map the Domain of Timeless Conflict. In August , the September expansion of the game was announced, which included another temporary league Blight , as well as the implantation of the previous leagues Synthesis and Legion into the core game. ExileCon was held in New Zealand in November , it also announced the sequel of the game Path of Exile 2 , which previously known for its working title Path of Exile 4.
The 3. It also shipped with bow attacks rebalance and new bow skills. At the same time the temporary league of 3. In February of , the Delirium mini-expansion and temporary league were announced, with a planned launch date of 13 March. Delirium will add 4 new skill gems, 3 new support gems and 13 new unique items. Also during Exilecon in November , Grinding Gear Games announced that a version of the game for mobile devices was also in development within their studio.
One of the main topics discussed in the reveal video was the current trend in free-to-play mobile business models such as "pay-to-win microtransactions, time gates, energy bars, random nag screens, notifications, video ads" and that POE Mobile would aim to avoid that approach, and retain the full gameplay of the desktop version.
The developers of Path of Exile stress that one of their core goals is to provide a genuinely free-to-play game financed only by "ethical micro-transactions". Path of Exile mainly offers cosmetic item skins for players willing to spend money on the game, but it does also gate specific account features such as semi-automated public trading inventories or additional character slots behind a paywall.
It is also possible for players to pay to create private, invite-only leagues, each secluded in its own economy. On 18 January , Grinding Gear Games announced they would be expanding into the console market. Previously known as Path of Exile 4. However, both Path of Exile and Path of Exile 2 share the same game client and end-game system, leaving the player a choice to play the Path of Exile or the sequel campaigns before reaching the end-game.
Players can also interact with each other regardless of their choice of campaign. A Beta version of Path of Exile 2 is expected to release in "very late" From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article relies too much on references to primary sources. Please improve this by adding secondary or tertiary sources.
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