Grinding Gear Video games hosted a brand new livestream on Thursday targeted on Path of Exile 2. The studio additionally introduced the brand new Ultimatum enlargement for Path of Exile, set to launch on April 16.
Grinding Gear Video games organized its livestream into a number of components, beginning with a brand new Path of Exile 2 trailer and an prolonged gameplay part earlier than leaping into Ultimatum. The studio then hosted a Q&A with ZiggyD — a well-liked Path of Exile YouTuber.
Path of Exile 2 first acquired introduced at ExileCon in 2019, so Grinding Gear Video games founder Chris Wilson began the stream out by addressing the lengthy radio silence from the crew. Wilson spoke in regards to the scope of the sport and the crew’s want to nail the brand new marketing campaign in addition to a number of of the sport’s main system overhauls, together with Talent Gems. In a Q&A with Polygon and different information shops earlier this week, Wilson stated Path of Exile 2 isn’t fairly on the midway level when it comes to improvement, however the studio is getting right into a groove with manufacturing.
The trailer showcases a number of new gameplay clips and places from the brand new Vastiri Desert location — the second main location in Path of Exile 2, after the Island of Ogham, first revealed at ExileCon 2019. After the trailer, Wilson narrated a gameplay showcase for Path of Exile 2, set completely within the new location.
The showcase confirmed off a number of various areas within the Vastiri Desert area, in addition to the large new caravan that shepherds gamers between totally different areas of their selecting. However the star of the showcase are two of the brand new weapon sort for Path of Exile 2: spears and crossbows.
Each weapon varieties include intrinsic expertise, particular to that weapon sort. For instance, the spear proven within the showcase gave gamers a Whirling Slash capability, which conjured up a storm close to the participant. Leaving the storm causes it to blow up in an space — made simpler by one other of the spear’s intrinsic talents: its disengage ability, which causes the participant to fly backward and throw blades at enemies. The crossbows are equally distinctive, with the power to vary to totally different elemental or armor piercing bolts relying on the fight necessities. Wilson advised press that the studio is not sure which — if any — older weapon varieties will see comparable intrinsic expertise.
The studio additionally confirmed off new mini-bosses — a much bigger focus in Path of Exile 2 — and the sport’s improved animations. Enemy packs even have extra distinctive AI within the sequel, with monster teams that patrol sure areas like troopers.
One of many extra attention-grabbing elements of Path of Exile 2 is that it doesn’t exchange the unique marketing campaign. Each the unique marketing campaign and the sequel marketing campaign will dwell on inside the similar sport shopper, with gamers having the ability to take their previous characters and accounts — full with any microtransactions — by the brand new story or the previous one. To that finish, each Path of Exile and Path of Exile 2 will converge right into a shared endgame post-campaign. And that’s the place Path of Exile: Ultimatum is available in.
After the Path of Exile 2 gameplay showcase, Wilson swapped over to Ultimatum, a brand new enlargement and League (Path of Exile’s phrase for seasons) coming subsequent week. Wilson additionally stated all latest and future Leagues are being constructed with Path of Exile 2 in thoughts.
Ultimatum presents gamers what is actually a Do You Need To Be a Millionaire?-type gameshow, however with barely extra dying and blood. Gamers will meet the Trialmaster — an emissary of Chaos — who will activity gamers to bear Trials.
Trials will present gamers a reward and ask them to pick an issue modifier. In the event that they succeed within the Trial, the reward is theirs to take. Nonetheless, the Trialmaster may even provide a second, doubtlessly even higher piece of loot if gamers determine to maintain going. The second Trial can be even more durable than the primary, as will the third, fourth, and so forth, if gamers determine to push it.
Gamers can stroll away with their rewards between these ranges, but when they die at any level they lose the whole lot. Gamers will be capable to set off these occasions with objects discovered on this planet, and even sacrifice objects to immediate much more highly effective drops from an upcoming Trial. Trials also can grant gamers distinctive rewards with attention-grabbing results.
Ultimatum Trials additionally work in multiplayer, which is a pleasant contact. Gamers can run Trials collectively, and one can drop out with their rewards whereas the opposite pushes their luck. Gamers even vote on which issue modifier they like, with the sport rolling the cube within the case of a tiebreaker.
Ultimatum additionally comes with the standard high quality of life enhancements and additions to the sport. For this League, Grinding Gear Video games targeted on loot drops, altering round numerous objects that may and might’t drop from enemies. Ultimate Act Bosses are actually extra profitable as effectively, to unfold out how gamers are spending their time farming for objects. Some objects that had been League-specific — which means gamers needed to do a particular piece of content material to get an opportunity at them — now seem within the basic merchandise pool as effectively.
Lastly, Ultimatum provides some new expertise to defeat enemies. For an entire breakdown of the brand new expertise and the in depth listing of reward modifications, try the total livestream.
Wilson and the crew didn’t provide a launch window for Path of Exile 2, though we all know it received’t be out by the tip of 2021. Path of Exile: Ultimatum will launch on April 16.