Path of Exile officially launches on October 23rd, comes with brand new Scion prestige class

Path of Exile

By on October 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm

New Zealand developers Grinding Gear Games have been working on Path of Exile for a long time now. Starting work back in 2007, it entered open beta in January this year and if you haven’t checked it out yet you absolutely should. A free-to-play Action RPG (think Diablo), it features an enormous and complex skill system, as Patrick found when he went hands on with it in January. And now it is just 16 days away from officially being released.

As Shacknews has noted, along with its official release Path of Exile will add six new areas, six new Trigger Gems, three new Skill Gems, more bosses and the new Scion prestige class. As a prestige class, the Scion can not be used until you’ve finished the game once, but she offers some unique advancements over the standard player classes – instead of starting on the side of the skill board, she starts in the middle – so planning out an effective character will require a good bit more thinking.

The official release of Path of Exile doesn’t mean Grinding Gear Games are going to stop adding to it however – they have plenty more content planned. The entire article is well worth reading, so check out the link above or this one right here and if you’d like to play the game you can do so via the official site.

Source: Shacknews

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Everyone who loved Diablo 2 needs to play this.

These guys deserve your money, it’s TRUE free to play. The only thing you could argue that you have to pay for is stash tabs. But you get a decent amount anyways.

For those that are concerned that once it goes to release there’s no wipe, there will be 2 new leagues starting which are fresh starts (MANY people play these, so don’t stress about trading/groups etc.) After 4 months, those 2 leagues merge back into their parent league.

 

^ agree 100%.

Excellent game, I highly recommend it.

 

Its too bad that for some reason they hate experimentation and thus wont allow full skill respecs, not even for real money.
for some reason they [and their rabid fanbois] seem to think everyone should start over if the skill build a person tries doesn’t really work well.

I’d much rather it if I wasn’t penalised for wanting to try things outside the standard builds.

 

trb,

This game is not for you then. The devs have said from the outset that they are targeted towards the hardcore end of the spectrum. Making choices and those choices having consequences is important imo. Having said that you do get ~15 respec points just playing through the 3 difficulties and there is a way for people to respec via currency, it just costs a lot to do it.

If your looking for that type of game where there are no penalties and gear is easy to come by (AH) then i suggest diablo 3.

 

@trb, “wont allow full respecs” Funny that, there’s an orb called “Orb of Regret” Gives you one skill point back, acquire 100 or so, there’s your full respec. It’s not even that expensive to get that amount.

 

probits:
trb,

This game is not for you then.The devs have said from the outset that they are targeted towards the hardcore end of the spectrum.Making choices and those choices having consequences is important imo.Having said that you do get ~15 respec points just playing through the 3 difficulties and there is a way for people to respec via currency, it just costs a lot to do it.

If your looking for that type of game where there are no penalties and gear is easy to come by (AH) then i suggest diablo 3.

How condescending …

I’ve played many “hardcore” MMOs in my time, from Kingdom of Drakkar back in 1998 to WWII Online then UO and EQ1 [high end raider] and tried pretty much every MMO since other then WoW and in PoE I have several characters, most with “unique” gear.

So you can shove the “its not for you its for hardcore players” right up your arse.

in PoE it is fairly easy to generally get decent gear. Tweaking something to get a 6L with the colours you want is generally time consuming, but its not “hard”. anyone who can spend enough time grinding can do it.

But there are a few things that are pretty stupid.
First is that its faster to just make a new character then to respec the old one, yeah thats really making your choices “matter” …

Secondly there are quite a number of builds that only work with 1 particular unique item and until you get that item your build is unplayable if you spend the points on it.
eg: any build where you take the 1hp skill and put everything else in ES.
Without a particular item or 2 you’ll die a lot as chaos dmg penetrates your ES and you lose your 1 hp.

Or my with build where without a searing touch you’re pointless.
Its the only item in game worth using on a fire build.

It reminds me of back in EQ1 where if you were a warrior and you didn’t have BoC then you were pointless or if you were a cleric and you didn’t have your Epic staff then you were second rate.
Its stupid, not “hardcore”.

What it creates in PoE is a culture of people sticking the well worn paths unless they have umpteen hours to replay the game trying new builds.

 

I didn’t mean to be condescending i just think you have a different opinion on what hardcore is. To me hardcore is not to imply the game being hard persay rather time investment – it’s always represented that in any MMO game. Many games these days go the opposite route and just give, give, give with little time investment or consequence of choices required (D3 is a perfect example of this you can literally bypass 1000′s of hours using the RMAH).

It’s refreshing to have a game that goes back to the ideal that choices have negative repercussions and investment in a character is deeper than just the level it attains (as you gave good examples of building one around a specific unique).

As i said there are plenty of games that fulfill what you are after – PoE just isn’t one of them and i wish people would stop trying to change it into one.

 

I’ve made about 25 different characters because of all the events and different leagues that the need to respec just hasn’t come up for myself. Fix a few things here ot there I’ve done with the free respec points.

 

subw00fer:
@trb, “wont allow full respecs” Funny that, there’s an orb called “Orb of Regret” Gives you one skill point back, acquire 100 or so, there’s your full respec. It’s not even that expensive to get that amount.

Yeah but as noted you can make/level a whole new character in the time it takes to get half of that number and in the process not spend currency that could be used getting that 6L item you wanted.

 
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