News Archive

The Public Stress Test Weekend was a huge success!

Monday, April 2, 2012
After 54 hours of public access, Path of Exile is now back in its Closed Beta phase. The weekend was a huge success! 46,911 people tried out the game, and the servers successfully handled peak load of 7310 players. Three minor realm stability issues were found and will be fixed this week. We ran four race events and thousands of players enjoyed playing in them. The players provided a huge amount of feedback on the game including its recent 0.9.8 patch. Thanks very much for helping us test Path of Exile - we had a great time! We have also announced that we will be allowing microtransaction pre-purchases within the next week. All such purchases will come with a Beta key. If you enjoyed the weekend and want to keep playing, stay tuned for news about this! Read More.

Legacy Migration Complete

Friday, March 30, 2012
You may now create characters in the new Default and Hardcore leagues. Read More.

2012-03-30 19:56 NZDT Unexpected downtime Incident Report

Friday, March 30, 2012
At 19:56 NZDT the website and game were down for 16 minutes during the redeploy of our servers. After the redeploy, the servers did not come back up. Read More.

0.9.8 Update

Thursday, March 29, 2012
0.9.8 will be released in the next 7 hours. Read More.

Path of Exile 0.9.8 Beta patch is up!

Thursday, March 29, 2012
We've deployed 0.9.8 in the leadup to this weekend's public stress test event! Changes include five new support gems, the friends list and new weapon progressions. The full patch notes are here. Read More.

March 28 Tiny Update

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
We rebooted the servers to hotfix a small problem. It updated the client's executable, so there will be a 6mb download. There are no patch notes (or any real changes that affect the client actually). Read More.

Public Stress Test Weekend Announced!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
This weekend (March 30-April 1) the Path of Exile Beta servers will be available for public access! We've put up a page with answers to common questions about the event here. Read More.

Path of Exile 0.9.7 has been deployed!

Monday, March 19, 2012
The 0.9.7 Beta patch is now live! We've posted the full patch notes here. Read More.

Leadup to 0.9.7: Screenshot 2

Saturday, March 17, 2012

This screenshot of the upcoming 0.9.7 patch features a Duelist using the new skill Puncture in a fight with the bandit leader Oak and his minions. Puncture causes the target to bleed over time and also lose additional life while moving. The duelist is also under the influence of a Haste aura, which increases his attack speed. Read More.

Leadup to 0.9.7: Screenshot 1

Saturday, March 17, 2012

We'll be deploying the 0.9.7 Beta Patch this week so we've taken a couple of screenshots of new skills. This screenshot shows a Ranger using the new Lightning Arrow skill in the Ship Graveyard. She's using the Discipline aura, which increases the Energy Shield of her and nearby allies. Her mana orb shows that some mana has been reserved while the aura is in place. Read More.

0.9.7 Status Update

Thursday, March 15, 2012
0.9.7 will be deployed in the first half of next week. Patch notes are not available yet. Read More.

(March 5) Server problems and realm restart

Monday, March 5, 2012
From 9pm March 5 to 8:30am March 6 we were having an issue with one of our databases. The realm has now been restarted and we will be looking for a fix to the underlying issue. Read More.

Feb 29 Realm restart with mini patch

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
We've just restarted the realm to update the servers (and client) with some changes that should improve stability. Read More.

Feb 28 Server Restart

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
We restarted the server just now because the database was having a problem. We'll keep looking into it. Read More.

Feb 23 Server Restart

Thursday, February 23, 2012
We're restarting the servers in a few minutes to deploy some changes to our backend infrastructure. These changes should improve the performance of our servers and may reduce the rate of disconnections that players receive during busy times. Read More.

Dev Diary: The Design of Unique Items

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Designing Unique items is one of the more challenging areas that we've had to tackle so far in the development of Path of Exile. In this development diary, our lead artist, Erik Olofsson, discusses various topics related to the design, lore and balance of these items. Read More.

Path of Exile 0.9.6 is live!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The 0.9.6 beta patch has been deployed. One of the new features added to this website in the patch is this Passive Skill Tree planner. Check out the full patch notes here. Read More.

0.9.6 Beta Patch Notes have been posted

Monday, February 6, 2012
We've posted an early copy of the 0.9.6 Beta patch notes to the General Discussion forum. This patch will be deployed on Wednesday February 8, New Zealand time. There are many major changes such as a website-based passive skill tree planner, a massively improved quest screen, screen shake, new skills, keystone passives, monsters and areas. Read More.

Leadup to 0.9.6: Screenshot 3

Monday, February 6, 2012

One of the best new features in the 0.9.6 patch is the upgraded Quest/Waypoint screen. As Wraeclast is explored, areas appear on this map. A list of active and completed quests is shown, and the correct direction to travel is indicated for the next objective in each quest. This should make it very easy for players to track where they need to go to complete their objectives. The screen also doubles as a waypoint screen, allowing the user to select a travel destination in a much more visual manner than before. Read More.

(Feb 5 and 9) Server problem

Sunday, February 5, 2012
For 4.5 hours this afternoon, the realm was experiencing problems. Players were unable to create new instances when logged into the American gateway. We've rebooted the realm, which appears to have fixed the issue. We're going to analyse logs to get to the bottom of what happened. Read More.