After teasing new content for the Path of Exile franchise, developer Grinding Gear Video games has revealed new gameplay for Path of Exile 2, the sequel to its widespread and rising free-to-play RPG. Throughout a particular developer livestream specializing in what’s to return with Path of Exile, the builders gave followers essentially the most thorough have a look at the sport but, which hasn’t been seen since its reveal again at ExileCon 2019.
The brand new trailer and subsequent gameplay demo centered on the Act 2 part of Path of Exile 2, which is about in an enormous desert full of demons and different supernatural entities. Set someday after the tip of Path of Exile 1, the sequel’s seven-act marketing campaign will carry forth most of the intricate character constructing, gear customization, and open-ended exploration throughout its numerous maps.
Simply earlier than the livestream reveal, we received to see a preview of the sport with commentary from Grinding Gear Video games studio head Chris Wilson, who defined what’s new with the sport. Very similar to the present Path of Exile, and different Diablo-likes, the sequel focuses closely on the loop of discovering loot and procuring new gear in your characters. Nevertheless, the sequel places a extra important emphasis on constructing upon the unique recreation’s content material, which features a shared endgame throughout each video games and a extra current story all through its ranges within the seven acts. The brand new marketing campaign will see your character group up with key figures within the overarching story, buying new loot from quests, and discover the extra dense environments.
“Path of Exile 2 is a real sequel to Path of Exile, which suggests a brand new seven-act marketing campaign, a complete new ability gem system, new objects, new monsters, character lessons, and all of the Ascendancy lessons are utterly new,” mentioned Wilson through the presentation. “It is received cutting-edge next-generation graphics, as you simply noticed. Mainly, it is all the pieces you’d anticipate from a sequel to Path of Exile. However we’re not simply throwing away our legacy; we’re embracing it. Each campaigns [PoE 1 and 2] might be absolutely playable from inside the identical recreation consumer. You’ll play by the unique Path of Exile storyline or the brand new Path of Exile 2 marketing campaign on the best way to the shared endgame. Your whole outdated characters will nonetheless be playable and naturally, any microtransaction purchases you made in Path of Exile will keep it up to the sequel.”
Whereas sure facets of participant progress from PoE 1 will carry over, the sequel may have you begin recent with a brand new character. Together with new gameplay updates corresponding to new weapon lessons just like the spear, and a brand new gem improve system, Path of Exile 2 additionally has a wholly new graphics engine and animation system that offers the sport a noticeably extra pronounced and dynamic than its predecessor. Some sections of the gameplay demo even featured extra cinematic touches, with cameras taking extra sweeping photographs and angles to showcase the setting’s depth of scale. The unique Path of Exile launched virtually 10 years in the past, and it was spectacular to see the soar in visible constancy and high quality for its sequel.
Path of Exile 2 seems to be to hold on what made the unique such a popular recreation inside its group. Whereas the demo proven for Path of Exile 2 was spectacular, the sequel remains to be removed from launch. Throughout an prolonged speak with Wilson after the presentation, he acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic had slowed the sequel’s growth greater than they anticipated, however in current months, progress on the sport has picked up.
“[Development] goes effectively, however the two issues we had in 2020 was the pandemic itself, which was very disruptive and wasn’t nice for the productiveness of the group, but in addition as a result of it prevented us from hiring extra individuals to the group,” he mentioned. “The opposite drawback we bumped into was the quantity of labor that went into the varied expansions for Path of Exile 1. Whereas that was nice for PoE1 and the group, that type of paralyzed the group and our work on the sequel, so we have been smarter about utilizing our restricted assets now. The tempo of the event on the sequel has picked up, and it does really feel like there’s the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel now.”
It appears the isometric Diablo-style action-RPG has been on the upswing in recent times, and Chris Wilson from Grinding Gear Video games is happy that the style is flourishing. Throughout our chat, Wilson spoke candidly in regards to the reputation of Path of Exile’s direct competitor, the Diablo sequence, and the way the newest reveals for Diablo IV has resulted in elevated curiosity for Path of Exile.
“So each time one other competitor will get press, that really finally ends up serving to our recreation as we discovered, he mentioned. “Within the case of Diablo IV, that is not a recreation you may play at present, however you may play Path of Exile. Our objective is to be free, be good, and simply hope for individuals who need to play motion RPGs. However I’m extremely enthusiastic about Diablo II: Resurrected–I can’t understate how a lot I am enthusiastic about it.”
For extra on Path of Exile, you’ll want to verify again with GameSpot for more information from the on going livestream.