ExileCon 2023 will feature many updates regarding the game and its sequel. The most notable update is that players will have early access to PoE 2 closed beta during the event.
Exile Con is set to return this year after the pandemic. The annual fan event in Auckland, New Zealand, will showcase tons of new features coming to the game, such as new PoE currency and expansions. This year will feature the much-awaited Path of Exile 2 beta, the most important news the community has received since the game was teased in 2019.
Path of Exile 2 Beta Debut
When ExileCon was announced last August 2022, one of the most significant announcements from the live stream was that a big update would be released regarding Path of Exile 2 during that community fan event. Players have never received a significant and concrete announcement about the upcoming GGG game, so this information was huge when discussed during the dev talk alongside several new items for PoE trading.
Recently, it was clarified that the upcoming update on ExileCon 2023 will be Path of Exile 2 Beta. Aside from the unveiling of several key features of the game, there will also be some information that will be released in July. These details include the actual release date and other elements of the game.
After ExileCon, fans will see more of Path of Exile 2 during Gamescom in Europe. We are still determining what devs will add to the game during the EU convention. However, players can likely experience the closed beta version during this event. Chris Wilson has been very cautious in accidentally leaking any information that might give us a clearer image of the game, so we will have to wait until ExileCon gets the full details.
What We Know So Far About Path of Exile 2
Grinding Gear Games has given fans the bare minimum details about their upcoming game that is said to be the successor to Path of Exile. The sequel was announced in ExileCon 2019, and we need to learn more about it. We know that PoE 2 will have the same base and core concepts as the original, but it will have various significant improvements and additional features.
The studio graciously let us know about changes in the sequel that will make it different from the original game. The setting and story of Path of Exile 2 occur 20 years after Kitava’s death in Act 10 of PoE. This means that the second game will showcase the current situation of the Wraeclast after defeating the mad god. However, the sequel might be shorter than the original since it is confirmed that it will only have a 7-Act story campaign.
In the original, you enter the endgame mapping system after defeating the final boss, and these stages do not develop the main story any further. With a brand new storyline to explore, fans will also be treated with a new set of classes to explore Wreaclast with. Unfortunately, we do not have any details about these jobs, but we know there will be 19 new Ascendancy routes from which players can choose.
Aside from a new storyline and set of classes, the game will also feature a total graphical overhaul and camera angle. The sequel will finally give us a glimpse of an improved Wraeclast, which is way behind in graphics performance. The gem and skill systems will also get a complete rework, so players must adjust to these changes.
Fans should note that Path of Exile 2 will practice the same model as the original one and be completely free. The only thing that players will be spending on will be cosmetics and quality-of-life improvements. These microtransactions include supporter packs, MTX, and stash tabs.
As of the moment, all we know is that the game will be available on Windows, MacOS, PS4, Linux, and Xbox one, giving broad audiences. There is a high possibility that devs will also develop a version of PoE 2 for PS5 and Xbox Series X. However, whether it will be a cross-platform is yet to be revealed since the original does not support this system.
Preparing for the Path of Exile 2 beta: tips and strategies for players
If you’re looking to prepare for the Path of Exile 2 beta, here are some tips and strategies that may help:
Familiarize yourself with the changes: PoE 2 is expected to have significant changes from the original game, so it’s important to read up on these changes before the beta starts. Check out developer blogs and official forums to stay up to date on the latest news.
Revisit the original game: While Path of Exile 2 will be a new game, it’s still built on the same core mechanics as the original game. Revisiting the original game can help you stay sharp and prepare for the beta.
Experiment with different builds: The game is expected to have new playable characters and skill trees, so experimenting with different builds in the original game can help you get a feel for what might work well in the beta.
Join a community: Joining a community of Path of Exile players can be a great way to stay up to date on the latest news and strategies, and to connect with other players who are also preparing for the beta.
Be patient and open-minded: Betas can be buggy and unpredictable, so it’s important to be patient and open-minded as you explore the new game. Provide feedback to the developers and be willing to adjust your strategies as necessary.
As we wait for more details about Path of Exile 2, players should also be excited about the other things that will happen in ExileCon. Gamers can try out early access versions of upcoming Leagues, which may feature new PoE currency and items. There will also be an after-party on top of being able to interact and discuss with the game’s devs.