News Archive

Unique Chests in Content Update 1.1.3

Thursday, April 24, 2014
We're planning to introduce three unique chests to Ambush league in next week's 1.1.3 content update. The one in this picture is probably the best chance in Wraeclast to find a Kaom's Heart. Read More.

Gore Glacial Cascade Effect

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
We introduced the Glacial Cascade spell in 1.1.2 and have received many requests for a cosmetic microtransaction effect for that skill. In response, we've created one for next week's 1.1.3 content update: the Gore Glacial Cascade effect, which reskins the spell in a macabre way. Read More.

Molten Strike Preview Video

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
One of the new skills in content update 1.1.3 is called Molten Strike. As your character swings his weapon with this skill, balls of molten magma hit the ground, causing a splash of fire damage. We made a short video demonstrating how it looks in its current form. I've updated the Development Manifesto entry on 1.1.3 to include a link to this information. As we get closer to deployment of 1.1.3 and discuss its content in the news, that article will be kept up to date. Read More.

The Return of the Development Manifesto

Monday, April 21, 2014
The Development Manifesto is a set of articles that discusses our development philosophies, upcoming content and changes we're internally testing. It currently only contains seven articles, but we'll be expanding it over the coming weeks to cover many other topics. Please check it out and let us know if you have any feedback! Read More.

Weekend Stash Tab Bundle Sales!

Saturday, April 19, 2014
We are running two sales on Stash Tab Bundles this weekend! For the first 24 hours (Saturday, PST), we've discounted Regular Stash Tab Bundles by 26.6%. On Sunday, Premium Stash Tab Bundles are discounted by 17.5%. Thanks again for the generous support! Read More.

New 1.1.3 Skill: Convocation

Friday, April 18, 2014
We're working on a couple of new skills for the 1.1.3 content update. One of them is called Convocation and is designed to teleport all of your minions to you and apply a heal-over-time buff to them. Click through for more information. Read More.

1.1.2b Update Deployed!

Thursday, April 17, 2014
We've deployed update 1.1.2b. You can read its patch notes here. Nature conspired against our ability to release 1.1.2b by first killing our internet for 14 hours last night and then our electricity for half of today. In the end, our determination triumphed, so we were able to deploy the update when we intended to. This update also includes the new Elite Armour Set skins that can be purchased here. Thanks for your ongoing support! Read More.

State of Exile Podcast Episode 4

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Our developers are big fans of the State of Exile podcast (with several of us appearing on it in past episodes). We've been providing some microtransaction points codes for giveaways and are discussing another more guest appearance on future episodes. The hosts of the podcast have asked us to promote episode 4, which is coming out this weekend. Read More.

What's coming in 1.1.2b?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
We're preparing a small update, 1.1.2b, for later this week. This news post highlights the changes coming in the patch. It shouldn't be treated as formal patch notes, because some of these changes may be dropped/modified and other changes may make their way in. Read More.

Upcoming Elite Armour Skin Microtransaction Set

Monday, April 14, 2014
The Seraph Armour set has been one of our most popular cosmetic microtransactions ever. Many players have requested a version that doesn't have the yellow fins, so we've created the Elite Armour Skin set which looks much more like a classic set of metal armour. Like the Seraph set, it'll also be available in individual pieces. We're expecting to deploy it later this week in the 1.1.2b update. Read More.

Improved Hailrake Fight in 1.1.3

Friday, April 11, 2014
One of the improvements in the upcoming 1.1.3 content update is an overhaul of the Hailrake encounter. While we love challenging new players, the mechanics of the fight as it stands are a bit counter-intuitive (running away causes the Ice Spears to arm!). The new fight has better Hailrake AI and uses a more appropriate skill - Glacial Cascade. Read More.

New Race Reward 3d Art

Thursday, April 10, 2014
In the near future we'll be deploying a small patch that updates the 3d art of some of the current race rewards. You can see the awesome Thousand Ribbons (and Blackgleam) art in this picture here. There are many weeks left in the race season, and these two rewards are at very low thresholds, requiring just a handful of good races to achieve. Read More.

Recent Diamond/Eternal/Conqueror Newsletters

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Path of Exile supporters who purchased the Diamond, Eternal or Custom Unique packs get to work with Grinding Gear Games to design a Unique item that is added to Path of Exile. To help with this process (and to keep them up to date with the progress of adding Uniques to the game), Carl sends a weekly newsletter to these supporters. Earlier this year we also started including Conqueror supporters in this mail. Because he tries to include behind-the-scenes or other interesting information, community members frequently upload them to Reddit for others to see. We try to periodically link to a bunch of them every few months. Here are the most recent ones: #46 #47 #48 #49 #50 #51 #52 #53 #54 #55 #56 #57 #58 #59. Read More.

More Cut-throat Events Posted

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
We've posted another set of cut-throat events for later in the week. Although they're not part of Race Season Seven, their times can be found on the event calendar here. Recent patches fixed various problems with players being able to bypass the logout timer. There are three six-hour cut-throat events and a 48-hour event in the schedule for this week. We're very keen for feedback once you've had a chance to play these! If you've never played cut-throat before, there's a short article here. Read More.

Content Update 1.1.2 and Checkpoints

Monday, April 7, 2014
We've deployed Content Update 1.1.2. You can read its patch notes here. It includes many changes such as a new skill (Glacial Cascade), a new Vaal skill (Vaal Storm Call), a new support gem, new recipes, microtransactions, achievements, rogue exiles, unique items and many other improvements. A significant new feature is that of Checkpoints - the ability to choose to return to the start of the current level rather than town when you die in a non-hardcore league. Read More.

New Ground Slam Effect in 1.1.2

Friday, April 4, 2014
One element of Monday's 1.1.2 content update is an updated visual effect for Ground Slam. You can see a video here. This isn't a purchasable microtransaction effect - it's a completely replacement of what the base skill looks like. The old Ground Slam effect looked outdated (it was made in 2010), didn't scale with area of effect increases and couldn't travel up and down height changes cleanly. The new one solves these problems and is a lot more impactful to play with. Read More.

Seraph Weapon Effect and Seraph Footprints Videos

Thursday, April 3, 2014
We're currently targeting early Monday (NZ Time) for our 1.1.2 Content Update. While there's a chance that it could be ready before the weekend, we'd like to play it safe and work on last minute polish issues over the weekend. As mentioned before, 1.1.2 contains two new microtransactions. We've uploaded videos of them here: Seraph Weapon Effect and Seraph Footprint Effect. These two have been heavily demanded and complement the Seraph Armour Set very well. Read More.

Win Fireworks Update

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Woah, we had no idea our little April Fools' joke would blow up like that. News about it was posted on large gaming sites and hit the top of both the /r/gaming and /r/games subreddits. The video has been watched 97k times, which we weren't expecting when we hastily threw it together. We typically don't comment on microtransaction sales, but in the 18 hours since we started selling the Win Fireworks, we've sold 14499 bundles of 10. Thanks for your generosity - it's great to see so many people winning. Read More.

Path of Exile is now Pay to Win (April Fools)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
We're always looking for ways to improve Path of Exile's monetisation so that we can bring you more content more quickly. Thankfully, microtransaction design was a very heavily discussed topic at the Game Developers Conference earlier in March. We asked many highly successful developers how we should improve our monetisation, and their answer was unanimous: allow players to Pay to Win. Click through to read more, or check out our video about this. Read More.

First Uber Atziri Kill and Atziri Ambush/Invasion Prizes Awarded

Monday, March 31, 2014
We never announced it when Sacrifice of the Vaal was released, but there's a second tier of the Atziri fight (in an area called the Alluring Abyss) that is accessed by collecting fragments found from regular Atziri kills. Today, the first kill of Uber Atziri occurred (in the Ambush league, rather than Standard!). Dsfarblarwaggle has posted his gear and build here. In related news, we've awarded the special Vaal-themed microtransactions to the winners of the Ambush/Invasion Atziri competition. There are still four Invasion slots left to claim! Read More.