Path of Exiles will be getting a major expansion to the game, Path of Exile 2, which takes place 20 years after the events of the original campaign.
Since the death of Kitava, society has been slowly rebuilding. Ambitious men rise to fill the void and their thirst for power is once again corrupting Wraeclast.
Path of Exile 2 is a new seven-act storyline that is available alongside the original Path of Exile 1 campaign. Both the old and new storylines lead to the same shared Atlas endgame. Path of Exile 2 retains all expansion content that has been created over the last six years and introduces a new skill system, ascendancy classes, engine improvements and more.
Nineteen New Ascendancy Classes
Path of Exile 2’s characters is a new set of Exiles who fall into the same class archetypes as those in the original game. As such, they can pick from a set of 19 new Ascendancy Classes that differ from the old ones that are still available in the Path of Exile 1 campaign.
New Skill Gem System
Path of Exile 2 introduces the next generation of Path of Exile’s iconic skill system. Support Gems are now socketed directly into Skill Gems, removing many of the frustrations present in the old system while maintaining all the previous depth. It’s now possible to six-link every skill your character uses.
The entire progression of armor and weapons has been redone from start to finish, alongside entirely new character models and animations. All of your old microtransactions are still compatible.
Grinding Gear has said on the official announcement page that more details will be shared about the improvements and changes in the Path of Exiles 2, such as those made to the passive skill tree.
The company has said ” Over the years there have been many changes that we would have loved to make to Path of Exile but couldn’t because they would break existing characters. Path of Exile 2 is an opportunity to make all of these changes in one large update.”
While they haven’t announced a set release date, they have said they are unlikely to start a beta until at least very late in 2020, but that in the meantime they will continue to release path of exile expansions on the regular three-month cycle.