Path of Exile 2 ExileCon Highlights and Takeaways
In this guide, we'll discuss the exciting announcements and critical takeaways from ExileCon regarding Path of Exile 2 (PoE 2). The developers have presented many new features and changes that will revolutionize the gameplay experience. Let's delve into the significant points and my impressions of what's to come!
- PoE 2: A Standalone Game
- Balancing PoE 1 and PoE 2
- Power Reset in PoE 2
- The Closed Beta and Expectations
- Multiple Specialties and Build Swapping
- Graphics and Animation
- Changes to Flasks and Currency
- PoE 2's Challenge and Balance
↖ PoE 2: A Standalone Game
Path of Exile 2 is not merely an expansion for PoE 1; it's a completely separate game. The developers intend to develop both games simultaneously and stagger the leagues to offer players more options and extended playtime.
↖ Balancing PoE 1 and PoE 2
With the two games running in parallel, players have choices. If you enjoy PoE 1, you can continue with it consistently. However, if you prefer the fresh changes of PoE 2, you can switch and come back to PoE 1 later, which encourages continuous engagement in the Path of Exile universe.
↖ Power Reset in PoE 2
PoE 2 will feature a massive power reset to reset the scaling and make it more challenging and fair for both bosses and players. Support gems will no longer be multipliers, which means they'll have to be used more strategically for interesting skill interactions.
↖ The Closed Beta and Expectations
The closed beta for PoE 2 is set to start in June 2024, which might disappoint some players hoping for an earlier release. However, it's better for the developers to take their time and deliver a polished product.
↖ Multiple Specialties and Build Swapping
PoE 2 introduces a revolutionary system where builds can specialize in multiple areas and seamlessly switch between them. This adds a new layer of complexity and customizability to character development.
↖ Graphics and Animation
The showcased graphics, animation, and boss design in PoE 2 look incredible. The developers have put a lot of effort into making the game visually appealing, and it shows in the stunning animations and sound design.
↖ Changes to Flasks and Currency
Flasks have been reworked to be more reactive, and alterations and scours are removed to make crafting more exciting, and item drops more valuable. Additionally, PoE 2 Gold is being introduced as a currency in the game.
↖ PoE 2's Challenge and Balance
Some players were concerned about the showcased gameplay feeling slow and sluggish. However, it's crucial to remember that the characters shown were poorly specced, and their gear and passive trees were underpowered for the content they were facing.
Path of Exile 2 promises to be an exciting and refreshing experience for new and veteran players. The power reset, multiple specialities, and stunning visuals will offer a fresh take on the beloved PoE universe. While the closed beta is still a year away, players can continue to enjoy PoE 1 with the expectation of more consistent updates and expansions. Stay tuned for more news and prepare for a fantastic journey through Wraeclast in Path of Exile 2!
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