News Archive

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.

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.