News Archive

New Unique Armour: The Restless Ward

Friday, May 22, 2015
Today we're unveiling another unique that we're adding to the Beta of The Awakening. This body armour, from supporter TheRestless, grants bonuses for accumulating Frenzy and Endurance charges and then lets you hold onto all your charges for a significantly longer duration. Read More.

New Server Locations for The Awakening Beta

Thursday, May 21, 2015
In today's Closed Beta updates, we've added some servers in new cities to give better coverage around America and Europe. You can now select servers in California, Washington D.C., Frankfurt or London, in addition to the existing servers in Texas, Amsterdam and Australia. These new locations should help reduce latency for more users. Read More.

Community Showcase #11

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
This week's post highlights some recent fan-song submissions, a guide to eating bananas, fan art and the recent State of Exile podcast featuring Balance and Game Designer, Carl! Read More.

Beta Patch Deployment

Monday, May 18, 2015
We're in the process of deploying the Closed Beta patch discussed yesterday. Because of substantial balance changes (including those to Unique Jewels), we're wiping the Beta realm. Read More.

State of the Beta - Post #3

Monday, May 18, 2015
Hi, I'm Carl and I have been managing the Closed Beta for The Awakening. As part of the beta process, I will be providing a weekly State of the Beta news post. This is the third such post. Read More.

Concept Art and Teaser Images!

Friday, May 15, 2015
Today we're showcasing some of the concept art that was created during the development of the upcoming The Awakening Expansion. We're also including two concept art images that are a teaser of what's to come! Read More.

Beta Patch, Divination Card Submission, Comics/Shirts and new Unique!

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Today's news post covers the release date of the next Beta Patch, more information on the day we'll be opening Divination Card Submission, an update about the Comics and Shirts in supporter packs and a new Unique Flask! Read More.

Ice Crash Skill Gem Demonstration

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Today's news post includes a video of the new melee Ice Crash skill. It's a level 28 strength-based gem which can be used with Swords, Maces, Axes, Staves and Unarmed! Read More.

New Skill Teaser Image - Ice Crash

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Today we're previewing a teaser image for the upcoming Ice Crash skill, which will be included in the next Closed Beta patch for The Awakening. Read More.

Incident Report for Item Loss Bug

Monday, May 11, 2015
Last night we deployed a server hotfix that resolved a bug that was causing some items to be deleted and a few other items to be modified in strange ways. We believe that less than 300 items were affected in total. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the bug, we are unable to restore affected items. Players who lost microtransactions should contact support@grindinggear.com so that they can determine if any are missing and replace them. Read More.

State of the Beta - Post #2

Monday, May 11, 2015
Hi, I'm Carl and I have been managing the Closed Beta for The Awakening. As part of the beta process, I will be providing a weekly State of the Beta news post. This is the second such post. Read More.

Update on Deterministic Lockstep

Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Awakening introduces Deterministic Lockstep Mode, which is an alternate action synchronisation model that doesn't suffer from desync. We've recently achieved some significant milestones with the implementation of this mode and expect to have an experimental version of it on the Closed Beta servers late next week for feedback. Read More.

Community Showcase #10

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Today's showcase is a roundup of various work from around the community. It includes some pieces of fan art, a developer Q&A, and some PoEtry. Read More.

New Unique Item: Heartbound Loop

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
In the next patch to The Awakening's Closed Beta, we'll be enabling an additional Unique Item, designed by supporter Lagruell. Today's news post provides a preview of the new ring: Heartbound Loop. Read More.

One Month Flashback Leagues

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
We've posted event threads for the Standard and Hardcore One Month Flashback Leagues. These leagues have various combinations of past league mods rotating in and out every few days. There are three-five league mods present during weekdays and ten during weekends. The events award Closed Beta keys randomly to top players each day. Read More.

State of the Beta

Monday, May 4, 2015
Hi, I'm Carl and I have been managing the Closed Beta for The Awakening. As part of the beta process, I will be providing a weekly State of the Beta news post. Read More.

Weekend Stash Tab Bundle Sales!

Saturday, May 2, 2015
To celebrate the release of our Supporter Packs this week, we are running an extended sale on Stash Tab Bundles this weekend! For the first 48 hours (Saturday/Sunday, PST), we've discounted Premium Stash Tab Bundles by 17.5%. On Monday, Regular Stash Tab Bundles are discounted by 26.6%. Thanks again for the generous support! Read More.

Path of Exile Russia/CIS Enters Open Beta!

Friday, May 1, 2015
Our partners over at Garena have today launched the Open Beta of their Russia/CIS Path of Exile realm. The Open Beta runs from now (9am Moscow time) until the release of Act Four later this year. There will be no further character wipes on the Russian realm. The Russia/CIS region is the first non-English region to have fully localised voiceovers (here are some videos). They've also released two really cool CGI teaser trailers (Act One, Act Two). Their official social page for the CIS region is here. Read More.

Weekend Endless Ledge Races, Winners of Solo Races and More

Friday, May 1, 2015
This weekend we're running three Four Hour Endless Ledge races with Closed Beta Access as prizes. Each event awards Closed Beta Access to the top ten players (alive or dead) by experience and to ten random players who hit level 25. Threads for the events are here (one, two, three). Read More.

How Divination Card Submission Will Work

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Yesterday's Supporter Pack launch was an amazing experience. Your generosity set multiple records for our cotmmunity. We'd like to sincerely thank you all for your support! We really hope you're enjoying the Beta of The Awakening. One of the things we're looking forward to patching into the Beta is the Divination Card system. Today's news post explains how this process will work, so that Highgate Supporters can start planning their cards. Tomorrow's news will be about a set of three four-hour Endless Ledge races we'll be running on the weekend. Read More.