Grinding Gear Video games’ Path of Exile has remained a well-liked free-to-play action-RPG since its debut in 2013. Whereas the present recreation remains to be getting common updates, the builders even have plans for a sequel, which was introduced in 2019. Sadly, 2020 turned out to be a chaotic 12 months for a lot of, and developer Grinding Gear Video games needed to adapt to sudden adjustments in plans.
Together with our chat in regards to the Echoes of the Atlas enlargement, managing director of Path of Exile Chris Wilson gave us an replace on Path of Exile 2. The sequel is Path of Exile’s subsequent leap ahead as a free-to-play action-RPG, including in a brand new story, world to discover, and courses to stage up and outfit with loot. Whereas improvement remains to be progressing, Wilson spoke candidly about how the present state of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the progress, and it could be a bit longer earlier than we see the sequel’s launch.
“[Development] has been a bit slower than I might have appreciated, it was the most important casualty of COVID–and I hate guilty COVID as a result of it looks as if everyone seems to be doing that–but it actually has had an affect on us,” mentioned Wilson. “That is largely as a result of we’re nonetheless dedicated to getting our regular expansions out, we’re not going to permit issues to have an effect on our present upkeep of the sport, so meaning we have needed to pull builders from PoE2 from the final 12 months again onto this recreation. That is been superb, and there is loads of work there, however that does imply it has been a bit rocky with the sequel’s work being executed behind the scenes. It additionally would not assist that with New Zealand’s borders being closed, we won’t rent different builders from abroad. However to chop an extended story quick, issues have been gradual.”
Throughout our speak in regards to the latest enlargement, Echoes of the Atlas, Wilson defined that one of many added advantages of transferring chairs round throughout the studio was that creatives engaged on the sequel have been capable of apply new tips and upgrades to the unique recreation. The subsequent enlargement will introduce 11 new maps into the Atlas endgame, and each will characteristic extra dynamic digicam work, up to date graphics, and different updates to the presentation that places it above the extra widespread tile-sets within the recreation.
Regardless of the silence about something associated to the sport, Wilson acknowledged they plan to share extra particulars in regards to the recreation in 2021. Along with maintaining the present recreation updated, Grinding Gear Video games plans to roll out new data about what’s to come back with the sequel.
“However that hasn’t bothered us in an existential approach; final 12 months, Path of Exile had its finest 12 months but and we see 2021 being even higher. We’re dedicated to getting the sequel out as a result of we have already made that promise to gamers, so we plan to have a really clear strategy to displaying the sport this 12 months. We actually do not see worth in hiding what we’ve for the sequel, so we need to reassure you gamers that it is going properly.”
For more information on Path of Exile, make sure to take a look at our latest protection on the enlargement, which is about to launch January 15 on PC, with a console launch on January 20.
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