Announced at the recent ExileCon in Auckland, Path of Exile 2 promises to be a more improved version of its predecessor. The original is no slouch, being praised for innovative mechanics and the developer’s listening ear. However, it is far from perfect. While PoE2 doesn’t admit to being perfect either, it does offer better gameplay and graphics, as well as streamlined mechanics.
So, here’s all we know about PoE2, and what you can expect while farming PoE currency.
What We Know
First up, it is not a separate game. You may pick your campaign of choice as you create a new character. Your cosmetic items and microtransaction purchases will carry over to the new campaign. The catch is you can’t use your old characters.
While PoE2 uses the same archetypes, there will be 19 new Ascendancy Classes different from the original. That would make transferring your old characters quite difficult. Also, with the 20-year time difference between the two, you should let your old character rest. This also means that there are all-new bosses and creatures to defeat. It’s a breath of fresh air from the rather repetitive boss battles of before.
Second, the new campaign focuses on a smaller threat, rather than the first’s world-ending ones. As tradition dictates, your new character escapes execution, only to wash up on the shores of Wraeclast. Your adventure will lead you to figure out the mystery surrounding the Duke who tried to have you killed.
Third, the game’s physics engine and graphics will be updated. Projectiles such as arrows will either get stuck on surfaces, break, or shatter, depending on their material. Graphics will be rendered more realistically, as will the action.
Fourth, the Skill Gem system will get a rework. Equipment slots used to determine how many gems you can link together. With the new overhaul, it’s the skill gems that have the slots. That’s right, you can have a six-slotted skill gem to make skill swapping easier. Also, the passive skill tree has something in the works, though GGG is keeping mum about it for now.
Fifth, the original campaign gets the same core mechanic modifications. That means the skill system overhaul, as well as the improved graphics and physics, will likely apply to the older campaign.
Lastly, there is no release date yet. The good news is that there might be a beta in late 2020. Don’t worry about the original. The devs will continue to run its three-month cycle of updates. Once PoE2 is out, both will have the same expansion schedule.
Exciting, isn’t it?
It bodes well for any hardcore PoE orbs farmer out there. This not-quite-sequel means uncharted territory, plus a whole new story to go through. There’s also a host of new items, skills, and more to enjoy. Due to still being in development, expect more information to come in the next months and years.
Let’s look forward to Path of Exile 2, and keep enjoying your adventures in Wraeclast!