Path of Exile – Fall of Oriath has been announced! It wasn’t that long ago that the game had a major overhaul of end game content, but Grinding Gear Games keep on delivering sustainable content time after time.
It’s been quite some time since the release of Path of Exile and in that time, we’ve seen some fairly heavy changes. Originally holding 4 difficulties and only 2 acts, we saw much repetition in getting to the end game. Clear game, repeat on harder, repeat on harder, repeat on hardest. Over time, the 4th difficulty was dropped but a new act was announced (Act 3) This added a lot more content to the game but still fairly repetitive. Recently, we gained Act 4 but this did not drop a difficulty, so we still had to clear the game 3 times to reach end game. Although this is similar to most ARPG’s of its time, it was beginning to become stale, even for the veterens to the series. GGG had promised that a new Act 5 WILL be announced, and with it, a difficulty will be dropped.
This led to a fair bit of hype and speculation on how it will be done, and to be fair, what was delivered was beyond expectation. Path of Exile – Fall of Oriath, marks a new milestone in Path of Exile’s history, as this major expansion (dubbed 3.0) will introduce Act 5…and…6,7,8,9 and 10.
Yup…They not only gave 1 act, but followed up with an extra 5 acts. This is also coupled with the removal of the difficulty system entirely… So, no reaching the end and starting over. It’s now a full-linear streamlined process which works for both fans and thematically.
After the player clears Act 5. The work they have done has made a mark on the land, and this is apparent as they head from Oriath (act 5) to Wraeclast (act 1-4) to venture through a changed land. So although we are getting recycled content, it’s being presented in a new way. The content is changed, the layouts are new and the story continues.
Okay, so GGG have given us 6 Acts in total. That’s enough right? Wrong… We also have a whole host of new content coming, including new Rogue Exiles, Threshold gems, Uniques and a new progression system dubbed, the Pantheon. As we slay “gods” we will inherit their powers. This gives us defensive buffs through our travels and can be swapped based on what gods have been killed. This can be a great help when doing end game content that might be geared towards a specific damage type.
Path of Exile – Fall of Oriath expansion will be at the usual cost…£0.00 and will have supporter packs and in-game transactions to help support the game. Recently they have announced a move to Xbox One. So if PC ARPG’s aren’t your thing, but you’re bored of farming the same easy content from Diablo on your Xbox, PoE is coming soon and may be your answer!
Speaking of Diablo 3…They announced new content last year. One class. Still waiting for it… Oh and you have to pay for it! Well done GGG for being the true successor to the Diablo 2 game. To find out more about Path of Exile – The Fall of Oriath or the new upcoming Legacy league, where you can play ANY of its previous leagues and earn some very rare Legacy gear (which is in its pre-nerfed state and SHINY) Go to https://www.pathofexile.com/oriath You can download Path of Exile through steam for Free or directly from their site.
Stay sane, Exile.