News Archive

Our Current Supporter Packs End on July 28!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
We released the current Supporter Packs in late November to celebrate Path of Exile's release and are phasing them out in a couple of weeks in the leadup to our August expansion. We've put together a video explaining what's in each of the packs, so you can check out the in-game effects all in one place. Please note that we do allow payment plans and pack upgrading, but they must be arranged before the packs stop being sold. If you have any questions, just email support@grindinggear.com. Thanks so much for your generous support (and the surprise pizza yesterday). We're super excited about the upcoming announcements related to August's expansion and can't wait to share them with you. Read More.

Build of the Week Season 2 Episode 13: Elemental Buzzsaw

Monday, July 7, 2014
This week's Build of the Week episode showcases Mathil's famous Elemental Buzzsaw build, which is one of the most influential builds used over the last few months. If you'd like more information about the build, he has posted a build guide here. Next week's episode is the last episode in Season Two. If you'd like to submit a build for it, please post it in the appropriate class forum. Season Three will start when the expansion is released in mid-August. Read More.

We're Adding a Hardcore One-month Event!

Monday, July 7, 2014
We've updated the news post from yesterday with information about the hardcore event that will be run at the same time as the one-month league. Both events have identical rules, and they both share the same prize pool. From a prize point of view, it doesn't matter which event you enter, but the hardcore one is for players who want the extra challenge. With these league properties, it'll be incredibly dangerous! Read More.

Announcing the One-Month Leagues (and Ambush/Invasion Challenge Winners)

Monday, July 7, 2014
We're running a one-month league event from noon Saturday July 12 (NZ time) to noon Saturday August 9 (NZ time). Today's news post covers the details of the event and congratulates the winners of the Ambush and Invasion challenge leagues. Update: We'll also be running a hardcore event with the same rules at the same time! Read More.

What Happens when the Ambush and Invasion Leagues end this Weekend?

Thursday, July 3, 2014
This weekend, the four-month Ambush and Invasion challenge leagues we introduced with Sacrifice of the Vaal will come to a close. At 10am Sunday July 6 (NZ time), 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.

Announcing Brazilian Payment Processing and Launch Pack!

Thursday, July 3, 2014
We have many ardent Path of Exile fans in South America and we've been working hard on bringing them the full Path of Exile experience. The first stage of this is to offer local payments options for users in Brazil. In conjunction with our partners UOL BoaCompra, we're proud to announce that today we're launching Brazilian payment processing. We'll be offering local payment options for other South American countries in the near future. Our eventual plans for South America include local gateways to our international servers and of course a fully translated game client. In celebration of this launch, we have created a fun bundle offer that contains both Path of Exile points and a selection of free microtransactions representing over 50% extra value. Click through for more information. Read More.

Content Update 1.1.5 Patch Notes and Deployment Timeline

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
We're on track to deploy Content Update 1.1.5 tomorrow in the early afternoon, NZ time. We've posted the patch notes today for you to check out. The final unannounced microtransactions in 1.1.5 are the Arcane Armour set - you can check out a video of the full set here. Read More.

Build of the Week Season 2 Episode 12: Dual-Totem Ethereal Knives Shadow

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
This week's Build of the Week episode showcases Unhost's Dual-Totem Ethereal Knives Shadow, which really highlights how powerful a build can be if you use near-optimal items. If you'd like more information about the build, he has posted a build guide here. To submit a build for a future Build of the Week episode, please post it in the appropriate class forum. Thanks! Read More.

Content Update 1.1.5 Teaser Video

Sunday, June 29, 2014
ZiggyD has created a teaser video for patch 1.1.5 which shows off much of what we're adding later this week. We'd like to thank him for the time, effort and enthusiasm he put into the video! Let us know what you think and please subscribe to his channel if you liked what you saw. Read More.

Two More 1.1.5 Screenshots

Friday, June 27, 2014
We're on track to release the 1.1.5 Content Update on Thursday, July 3 (NZ time). We'll be posting more information about its contents over the next week. Today we have two new screenshots for you. This one shows Vaal Lightning Trap, a powerful new Vaal gem that creates streaks of shocked ground as the trap detonates. This screenshot shows some new 1.1.5 microtransactions: Ghostflame Weapon Effect (video), Ghostflame Footprint Effect (video) and Ghostflame Skull Helmet Skin (video). Read More.

Recent Diamond/Eternal/Conqueror Newsletters

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Path of Exile supporters who purchased the Diamond, Eternal or Custom Unique packs get to work with Grinding Gear Games to design a Unique item that is added to Path of Exile. To help with this process (and to keep them up to date with the progress of adding Uniques to the game), Carl sends a weekly newsletter to these supporters. Earlier this year we also started including Conqueror supporters in this mail. Because he tries to include behind-the-scenes or other interesting information, community members frequently upload them to Reddit for others to see. We try to periodically link to a bunch of them every few months. Here are the most recent ones: #60 #61 #62 #63 #64 #65 #66 #67 #68 #69 #70. Read More.

Two Screenshots From Content Update 1.1.5

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Content Update 1.1.5 is on schedule to be released late next week. We've taken two screenshots to show you today. The first screenshot showcases the long-awaited Ball Lightning skill. Our second screenshot shows off one of the new pieces of 3d unique art in 1.1.5 (Saffell's Frame). Read More.

Build of the Week Season 2 Episode 11: Glacial Hammer/Elemental Proliferation Duelist

Monday, June 23, 2014
This week's Build of the Week episode showcases gilrad's Glacial Hammer/Elemental Proliferation Duelist, which we greatly enjoyed playing. If you'd like more information about the build, he has posted a build guide here. To submit a build for a future Build of the Week episode, please post it in the appropriate class forum. Thanks! Read More.

Action Screenshot Competition Winners

Monday, June 23, 2014
The final submissions are in and our Action Screenshot Competition has concluded! We've spent the weekend poring over more than 1200 submissions and have narrowed them down to our winners. Read More.

Weekend Stash Tab Bundle Sales!

Saturday, June 21, 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 and remember to check out our new Verdant Set! Read More.

New Verdant Microtransaction Effects!

Friday, June 20, 2014
We've updated Path of Exile with the 1.1.4c patch, which introduces several new microtransactions, all themed around the popular Verdant Weapon Effect. We've added a Verdant Armour Skin Set that includes a Verdant Helmet, Verdant Body Armour, Verdant Gloves and Verdant Boots. These can all be purchased individually also. We've also added a Verdant Footprint Effect which fits the theme of this armour set. Thanks for your continued support! Read More.

Vaal Skill Gem Retrospective

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Vaal Skill Gems were one of the core elements of Sacrifice of the Vaal. In this article, Rory and I cover the development of this system. The first part of the article describes the original concept and its development. In the second part, Rory discusses the specifics of the Vaal Gems that have been introduced so far. Read More.

Development Manifesto Update: Snapshotting

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
To accompany the Build of the Week episode on snapshotting released yesterday, Mark, Nick and Brian have written an article explaining the changes that will occur regarding snapshotting. We've posted it in the development manifesto forum alongside articles on other upcoming game changes. Read More.

Build of the Week Season 2 Episode 10: Snapshotting

Monday, June 16, 2014
This week's Build of the Week episode demonstrates the concept of Snapshotting, which enables players to stack the benefits from several sets of equipment, gems or skills at once. We will be removing snapshotting from the game at the start of the next challenge leagues, so we created this episode as a memento of how it worked. To submit a build for a future Build of the Week episode, please post it in the appropriate class forum. Thanks! Read More.

Small Development Manifesto Update

Monday, June 16, 2014
We've done some housekeeping of the Development Manifesto, locking some old threads, updating others to be more up to date and introducing new threads on Content Update 1.1.5 Compiled Info and the Current Development Timeline (based on Friday's news post). There is likely to be another update with a new thread later this week as well. Read More.