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News Archive

Recap of BotW/HotW Episodes and 1.3.0 Skill Tree Teaser

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Now that the current seasons of Build of the Week and Hideout of the Week have ended, we've prepared a recap of all the episodes made since Forsaken Masters launched. If you haven't had a chance to check them out, then please do. In other news, Rory has prepared a couple of teaser images (here and here) of some of the Passive Skill Tree changes in the upcoming 1.3.0 update. Read More.

What happens when the Rampage and Beyond Challenge Leagues end this week?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Two days from now, the three-month Rampage and Beyond challenge leagues we introduced with Forsaken Masters will come to a close. At 1pm Thursday November 20 (PST), characters will be migrated to the Standard and Hardcore leagues. This news post describes how the process works and what properties of those leagues will make their way into the core game afterwards. Read More.

Build of the Week Season 3 Episode 12: The Elemental Animator

Monday, November 17, 2014
Gamespot have posted our final episode of this season of Build of the Week which animates an army of fallen weapons to fight alongside its raised zombies and raging spirits. Elemental damage auras augment the minions with fire and lightning damage that is amplified by its Freezing Pulse/Elemental Proliferation combination. Check out his build guide here. Read More.

Timeline for New Challenge Leagues, 1.3.0 PvP Update and PvP/Race Seasons

Monday, November 17, 2014
Today's news post covers a preliminary timeline for when we're planning the release of the 1.3.0 update, new challenge leagues and upcoming race/PvP seasons. Read More.

Weekend Stash Tab Bundle Sales!

Saturday, November 15, 2014
We are running two sales on Stash Tab Bundles this weekend! For the first 24 hours (Saturday, PST), we've discounted Premium Stash Tab Bundles by 17.5%. On Sunday, Regular Stash Tab Bundles are discounted by 26.6%. Thanks again for the generous support! Read More.

Hideout of the Week Episode 8: Mausoleum of Bones

Friday, November 14, 2014
Hideout of the Week is a video series that showcases awesome Hideouts created by Path of Exile community members. This week's hideout is called the Mausoleum of Bones and is an Enlightened Hideout that has been completely reskinned into a dark crypt. You can find out more information from the author's thread here. This is the last episode of this season of Hideout of the Week. It will be returning in December after the deployment of the large 1.3.0 PvP Update and new challenge leagues. In the meantime, keep making awesome hideouts - your creativity exceeded our expectations! Read More.

1.2.4d Deployment and Imprint Restoration (Updated)

Thursday, November 13, 2014
We've deployed patch 1.2.4d today. It added two new microtransactions - the Swordfish Ice Spear and Chicken Pet. It's pretty crazy how popular that Chicken is. Today's patch had a bug that destroyed imprints of items. Update: We have restored these imprints in their original locations. If there was something in the way, then they were restored to a remove-only tab called "Restored Item". Read More.

Free Portal Effect when you use Karma Koin before November 16th!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
As we mentioned back in October, we're running a promotion where you receive a free Voidgate Portal Effect if you redeem a Karma Koin card to purchase any Path of Exile pack before November 16. This offer ends in a few days, so get your free portal now! Read on for more information about Karma Koin cards and where you can buy them. Read More.

Videos of new Microtransactions in 1.2.4d

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In addition to the Vaal Fragments change discussed on Monday, the small 1.2.4d update contains two new microtransactions. The first is a reskin for the popular Ice Spear skill: Swordfish Ice Spear. The second new microtransaction needs no introduction. Ever since players first saw chickens in the Forest Encampment, we've received a constant barrage of requests for them to be purchasable as pets and for hideouts. Read More.

Build of the Week Season 3 Episode 11: Lightning Tendrils Crit Scion

Monday, November 10, 2014
Gamespot have posted our eleventh episode of this season of Build of the Week which uses a high crit-rate Ice Spear to generate Power Charges that are used for a devastating Lightning Tendrils attack. Herald of Thunder is used to cull and blind nearby enemies. Check out his build guide here. Read More.

Vaal Fragment Changes in 1.2.4d

Monday, November 10, 2014
We'll be releasing 1.2.4d later this week, which is a small update containing a change to how Vaal Fragments are obtained. Today's news post explains the reasoning behind the change. Read More.

Hideout of the Week Episode 7: Sinking Out Loud

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Hideout of the Week is a video series that showcases awesome Hideouts created by Path of Exile community members. This week's hideout is called Sinking Out Loud and tells a story with about a ship and its eventual destiny. You can find out more information from the author's thread here. Read More.

Grinding Gear Games is Hiring!

Thursday, November 6, 2014
To assist our plans for world conquest, we've put together four new job ads. If you'd like to apply for any of them, please email us at contact@grindinggear.com with as much relevant information as possible. Ideally include the job title as the subject of the email. We're open to receiving international applications for the three development jobs, but we'll only accept people with New Zealand Work Visas for the Customer Support role. We'll be posting more job ads in the future, but these four are the most urgent. Read More.

Path of Exile Digital Comic Issue #2 Now for Sale!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
We're proud to announce that Issue #2 of the Path of Exile comic has been released in digital form! It's available as a standalone purchase or in a bundle with an exclusive cosmetic pet - the Baby Black Death Spider from the Chamber of Sins. Read More.

Build of the Week Season 3 Episode 10: The Arcane Archer

Monday, November 3, 2014
Gamespot have posted our tenth episode of this season of Build of the Week which showcases a build which may be holding a bow, but certainly isn't firing any arrows. It uses the Voltaxic Rift unique bow to convert the lightning damage of its Arc skill to chaos damage. Clever tricks are used to dual-curse enemies automatically and to trigger Frost Walls in front of enemies. Check out his build guide here. Read More.

Melbourne Fan Meetup Recap and Photos

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Five members of our team went to PAX Australia this weekend in Melbourne. While it was mostly intended as a short vacation, we used it as an opportunity to host a fan meetup. It turned out to be one of the best ones we've had yet! Today's news post is a summary of what happened and includes a few badly-taken phone photos from the event. Regular news will resume tomorrow once we're back in NZ. Read More.

Halloween Promotion Ends Tomorrow

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Just a quick note to mention that the exclusive Halloween 2014 microtransactions are only on sale until the end of tomorrow, pacific time! That's around 31 hours from now. Have a great weekend! Read More.

Hideout of the Week Episode 6: The Battle-Scarred Oasis

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Hideout of the Week is a video series that showcases awesome Hideouts created by Path of Exile community members. This week's hideout is called the Battle-Scarred Oasis and uses some neat tricks to change the appearance of various objects. You can find out more information from the author's thread here. Read More.

Hall of Grandmasters Development Update 4

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
For previous news articles about the Hall of Grandmasters, check out development updates One, Two and Three. Since the last update, we have succeeded in importing a handful of different Grandmasters and have been working on their AI. As we add more Grandmasters, the process gets faster because there are more building blocks to work with when setting them up. We've tried some experimental fights against a full wave of five Grandmasters. The results of one of those fights can be seen in this video. Read More.

1.2.4b, PvP Alpha Testing, Melbourne Meetup and Comic

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Today's news post is an assortment of miscellaneous updates about various topics. We deployed the 1.2.4b patch yesterday, which fixed several small problems. The testing of PvP changes on our Alpha server is going well - we expect to start tournament testing on Alpha in the coming weeks. If you're a PvP player who would like to help with this testing, please PM Qarl with a brief explanation of your PvP experience. Read More.