News Archive

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.

The Awakening Supporter Packs

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
We have released Supporter Packs for The Awakening! The packs include exclusive Supporter Forum Titles, a range of awesome Weapon Effects, brand-new Apparition Effects, Social Portrait Frames, a T-Shirt, a printed Graphic Novel and the ability to design a Divination Card! All supporter packs also include a Closed Beta Key for The Awakening. We are eager to hear your feedback after you've had a chance to check out the Beta. Thanks again for your generous support. Enjoy the packs! Read More.

Beta Wipe Tomorrow. High Lifetime Supporters Added. Faster Beta Timer!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Due to numerous balance changes, we'll be performing a character wipe of The Awakening's Closed Beta tomorrow. In this new round of testing, we are increasing the population of active Beta players. To reward their consistent and generous support, we have invited all players who have spent a total of $500 over the lifetime of their account. Early tomorrow we will speed up the Beta Invite Timer from five minutes per invite to four minutes per invite. Read More.

ZiggyD/Chris Q&A and Innervate Support Gem

Monday, April 27, 2015
I spent three hours yesterday chatting with ZiggyD about The Awakening on his stream. He has broken the Q&A up into several pieces: Part one is here and part two is here and part three is here. In other news, click through for more information about a new Support Gem! Read More.

End of One Month Torment/Bloodlines Leagues and Announcement of Five Day Solo Leagues (Updated!)

Friday, April 24, 2015
The One Month Torment/Bloodlines Leagues come to an end tomorrow. We've shifted their end times back six hours to 5pm Pacific Time. At that time, we'll take the realm down to migrate people's hideouts to Standard and Hardcore. A five day solo event (i.e. no partying or trading) will then start the following day. There are both Standard (event thread here) and Hardcore (event thread here) versions of this event. The top 35 players from each will have The Awakening Closed Beta access enabled on their accounts at the end of the event. Read More.

The Awakening Item Page and Top-Tier Supporter Beta Access

Thursday, April 23, 2015
We've added a page on The Awakening's site for the New Items we're introducing in the expansion. There's a locked section about Divination Cards which are something you'll find out about next week! We'll also keep the Unique Items section of that page updated with the new Unique items that have been found in the Closed Beta so far. We've also given Closed Beta access to the 260 Diamond supporters that generously contributed $1000 back during Path of Exile's Closed Beta. Read More.

How the Closed Beta is going so far

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
We're about 31 hours into the Closed Beta of The Awakening so far. In today's news, I wanted to address how it's going from our end, what we're learning, what we're fixing, and to discuss the Beta Invite Timer. Read More.

The Closed Beta of The Awakening is live!

Monday, April 20, 2015
Today we launched the Closed Beta of Path of Exile: The Awakening. After an initial wave of almost 400 users were added, the Beta Invite Timer was enabled. It invites a new user every five minutes. There are some prominent streamers playing right now, so check out their streams! Also, if you haven't signed up already, remember to do so! Read More.

What happens when Closed Beta starts tomorrow?

Monday, April 20, 2015
We've received a lot of questions about what's going to happen when the Closed Beta starts tomorrow. This post is a short explanation of how that'll work. It also includes a copy of the first Balance Notes for the expansion. Read More.

Final day for Forsaken Masters supporter packs

Monday, April 20, 2015
The Forsaken Masters Supporter Packs go off sale forever at the end of today in the Pacific timezone. That's around 6.5 hours from the time of this post. This is your last chance to purchase or upgrade to one of these packs. If you'd like to lock in a payment plan to buy one over time, please email support@grindinggear.com about this today. Read More.

King Kaom Fight Video (Spoilers)

Friday, April 17, 2015
IGN have posted a video of the boss fight with King Kaom in Path of Exile: The Awakening. In the video, our technical director Jonathan walks James through the Kaom fight with an exclusive demo. Read More.

The Awakening Update: New Skills

Friday, April 17, 2015
We've updated the page for The Awakening and have added a dedicated page for the new skills we're adding in 2.0.0. We still have five new skills to add to this page in the near future! Also, remember that our Forsaken Masters supporter packs are only on sale until the end of this weekend. Get yours while you can! Thanks again for your generous support. Read More.

Unique Items - Personal Designs

Thursday, April 16, 2015
As well as devoting special attention to the design and assessment of the new Unique Items, we wanted each member of the Game Design team to make a Unique of their own. As well as just increasing the count of Uniques Items, it allowed each designer to add something they wanted to exist in Path of Exile. Read More.

The Awakening Update: Act Four

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
We've updated the page for The Awakening and have added a dedicated page for lore about Act Four. We'll be continuing to update the site over the next few weeks to add pages for new skills, the Jewel system and other changes. Read More.

Maraketh Weapons

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
In Path of Exile: The Awakening, we're introducing 13 new weapon types - the Maraketh Weapons. These exist in three different tiers (at the end of Normal, Cruel and Merciless), so there are a total of 39 different base types added. Today's news post includes linked versions of the first tier of Maraketh Weapons. Read More.