Path of Exile 2: A Standalone Game with a Closed Beta Announced for June 2024

In a recent announcement that has left the gaming community abuzz, Grinding Gear Games has confirmed that Path of Exile 2, initially planned as an expansion to the original game, will now be released as a standalone sequel. This decision was made as the scope of the game expanded significantly during the development phase.

Set years after the original Path of Exile, the sequel will take players back to the world of Wraeclast, where they will seek to end the spreading corruption. The game will feature a brand-new campaign with six acts, 100 distinct environments, 600 monsters, and 100 bosses. It will also introduce twelve character classes, each with its own three ascendancy specializations, resulting in a total of 36 ascendancy classes to choose from.

The game will also feature 240 skill gems, 200 support gems, a passive skill tree with 2000 skills, 700 equipment base types, 100 endgame maps, and boss fights and modifiers that enable revamped versions of past leagues. With such a wide array of features, players can expect an immersive and engaging gaming experience.

The closed beta for Path of Exile 2 is slated to begin in June 2024, with a public beta expected to follow in mid-2024. Despite the long wait, the anticipation among fans is palpable. The development studio has also promised to continue offering expansions for both games going forward, and all purchases will be shared between the two games.

Like its predecessor, Path of Exile 2 will be a free-to-play online multiplayer game with co-op for up to six players. It will be available for Mac, PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X. With its unique gameplay and extensive features, Path of Exile 2 is set to redefine the action RPG genre.