It's the start of 2018 here in New Zealand. In addition to wishing the entire community a Happy New Year, we wanted to post our annual retrospective on 2017. Once again, we're proud to announce that we've had the best year to date for both Path of Exile and Grinding Gear Games. Looking ahead, 2018 is already full of plans and ideas that we can't wait to introduce to you. In the meantime, let's take a look back on this year.

In 2017:

  • We made Path of Exile into one ten-act single playthrough with the launch of The Fall of Oriath.
  • We set a record number of players online (147,333 on our server alone).
  • We released two of our largest ever expansions in one year.
  • We launched three challenge leagues: Legacy, Harbinger, and Abyss.
  • We introduced support for three new languages on our international servers: Spanish, German and French.
  • Launched in China, with support for Simplified Chinese. It's huge in China. Even months after entering Beta, it's still #1 on the upcoming games list on
  • We made our console debut on Xbox One.
  • There were 58% more hours played of Path of Exile on our international realm in 2017 than 2016.
  • Around 4.6 million players played Path of Exile on our international realm this year.
  • We added stairs to Lioneye's Watch.
  • We expanded from 92 to 105 staff members.
  • We deployed more than 45 updates/patches to our realm.
  • We posted 281 news articles - an average of 5.4 posts per week.
  • We released a new book: The Art of Path of Exile.
  • We finally replaced the microtransaction stash with a useable one.
  • I found another Exalted Orb.

Thank you for being part of this amazing year with us. We could not do this without you!
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Heres to a great 2018! (and another ex drop)
I found an ex orb. Hella true, been playing since the beginning of 2015 and I just found my 1st one less then a week ago.
You're the BEST!!!
Happy New Year, everyone. :-)
Happy New year everyone!
May it be peaceful.
We added stairs to Lioneye's Watch.

Greatest GGG achievement ever.
Now if will do in 2018 act 10 town bridge shorter and wider, it will be even greater achievement.
Last edited by poor_hobbit on Dec 31, 2017 6:37:36 PM
All aboard the Lioneye's Watch stairs hypetrain!

Thanks for for ongoing development on PoE, GGG!

And a happy new year to everyone! :)

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