News Archive

Developer Questions and Answers

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Our last Developer Q&A event was in December, so we feel it's time for another! We've previously used a variety of formats for answering community questions (in-game, a Twitch stream or via Raptr), so for this one we'll be answering questions posted in this forum thread. We'll let questions accumulate for two days and then will answer them in the news post on Wednesday (NZ time). Read More.

Weekend Stash Tab Bundle Sales!

Saturday, February 21, 2015
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.

Announcing Path of Exile Russia

Friday, February 20, 2015
In cooperation with Garena Russia, we're proud to announce that we'll be launching standalone Russian Path of Exile servers later this year. The Russian version includes a full translation and is the first non-English version of the game to have full voice acting! An Open Beta is currently scheduled for May 1st. For more information, please check out Garena's Path of Exile Russia site! Read More.

Hideout of the Week: The Great Babylonian Ruins

Friday, February 20, 2015
Hideout of the Week is a video series that showcases awesome Hideouts created by Path of Exile community members. This week's episode is a Backstreet Hideout which has been transformed into ancient ruins. You can find out more information from the author's thread here. Read More.

Community Showcase #5: Fan Art Competition Results!

Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Fan Art Competition has ended and the results are in! We received a high volume of excellent artwork and we're really pleased with how much the Community Showcase forum has grown through this process. Read More.

San Francisco Fan Meetup: Sunday March 1

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Some of our developers will be in San Francisco the weekend after next for GDC and we'll be holding a fan meetup! This is becoming an annual tradition and the meetups are often the highlight of our trip. Our plan is to meet up near the Yerba Buena Gardens on Sunday March 1. Please email me at chris@grindinggear.com if you'd like to come and I'll add you to the list of people who get told the location/time once it's decided! Hope to see you there. Read More.

Alienware Competitive Prizing

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Alienware have generously agreed to provide prizes for our February-March Competitive Season! They've provided four gaming packages (of an Alpha Console and accessories) that we'll be awarding to winners of the Racing and PvP invitationals. Read More.

New Skill Development - Part 2

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Hey all, Rory here again. This week I'm going to run through our iteration and development of Warcry skills. We're going to pick up where we left off, with the programmers creating skill prototypes that we can test out. If you missed the first part of this series, you can read it here. Read More.

Build of the Week: Kinetic Blast Wander

Monday, February 16, 2015
We've posted this week's episode of Build of the Week. This week's build is a Shadow that uses Kinetic Blast and Power Siphon to obliterate its foes. It's a powerful build that has been growing in popularity recently. For more information, check out the author's build guide here! Read More.

Patch 1.3.1b and Competitive Season Starting!

Friday, February 13, 2015
We've deployed 1.3.1b and have posted its patch notes here. Among other changes, this patch includes a substantial client performance improvement (a new text rendering system) and a proactive balance change prior to this weekend's race season. Both the PvP and Race seasons start this weekend. Alienware are providing prizes for them (as detailed here). You can view the Race schedule and Prizes, the US PvP Schedule and Prizes or the EU PvP Schedule and Prizes. Good luck in the events this weekend! Read More.

Hideout of the Week: The Settlement

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Hideout of the Week is a video series that showcases Hideouts that have been created by Path of Exile community members. This week's episode is an unearthed hideout called The Settlement which has been used to create a small gothic village. You can find out more information from the author's thread here. Read More.

Race Schedule and more PvP Talisman of the Victor Prizes!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
We've posted the Race Schedule for this upcoming race season! We're expecting to post the PvP schedule tomorrow. We've also increased the number of Talismans of the Victor that we're giving out in the upcoming PvP season. Each event will now award a Talisman of the Victor to the highest ranked Torment player and the highest ranked Bloodlines player (rather than just the highest overall). Read More.

February-March Competitive Season

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Our new season of competitive Path of Exile play starts this coming weekend. It includes both our eleventh Race Season and second PvP Seasons, with prizes generously provided by Alienware! Today's news post will describe the broad changes from previous seasons of competitive play. We'll be posting full schedules within a couple of days. Read More.

New Skill Development - Part 1

Monday, February 9, 2015
Hi all, Rory here. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be giving you all a glimpse into our skill design process as we go through it. We'll start where most skill development now starts: By asking what the game needs. A month ago, Mark "Neonspyder" and I discussed options for skills that we could release with Act 4 that would both solve problems builds had and give more optional upgrades to players. We intended to release many of them at level 34 as a reward for progressing through the new content, so they would need to adjust or enhance existing builds, rather than be a skill you build around. Here is the tale of one of them. Read More.

Build of the Week: Avatar of Fire Shockwave Totem Witch

Friday, February 6, 2015
We've posted Season 4 Episode 5 of Build of the Week. This week's build is Witch that uses Avatar of Fire and a clever combination of items to convert all of the damage from two Shockwave Totems and a Hatred Aura to fire damage, which is amplified by their passives. For more information, check out the author's build guide here! Read More.

Fan Art Competition and Community Showcase #4

Thursday, February 5, 2015
We are really enjoying your submissions to our Community Showcase forum and we're keen to see more! In light of this, we are hosting a Fan Art competition for the next two weeks! Today's Community Showcase features a short animation, fan art, a hideout/fanfiction cross-over and a pickle surprise! We hope you enjoy these entries as much as we did. Read More.

Hideout of the Week: The Scarlet Corsair

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Hideout of the Week is a video series that showcases awesome Hideouts created by Path of Exile community members. This week's hideout is a small port for a ship called The Scarlet Corsair which captures the rugged nature of a pirate's life. You can find out more information from the author's thread here. Read More.

Patch 1.3.1 has been Deployed!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
We've successfully deployed patch 1.3.1, which introduces the Hall of the Grandmasters Unique Map and many other changes. Click here to read its patch notes. This patch contained two new microtransactions - the Seraph Bow Skin and the Verdant Blink and Mirror Arrow Effect. You should also check out the new Season Eleven Race Rewards! Read More.

1.3.1 Patch, New Microtransaction Videos, Unique Item Preview and Design Process

Monday, February 2, 2015
We're expecting to deploy patch 1.3.1 tomorrow. We will release the full patch notes during the deployment countdown. In the meantime, today's news update includes new microtransaction videos, our current unique design plan for Act Four and information about our next Race and PvP seasons. Read More.

Weekend Stash Tab Bundle Sales!

Saturday, January 31, 2015
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.