Path of Exile: Echoes of the Atlas – Trailer Introduces New Expansion
After Path of Exile 3.13 was supposedly postponed because of Cyberpunk 2077, the long-awaited announcement finally came on January 7th. And it really popped, because the new expansion Echoes of the Atlas takes your endgame to heart and wants to spice it up with many new features.
We have summarized all key data for Path of Exile 3.13 Echoes of the Atlas in an overview:
- PoE 3.13.0 Release: January 15, 8 p.m. for PC, January 20, 8 p.m. for console
- The Maven and Boss Battles: The new mysterious creature Maven wants to see you fight bosses in different arenas. But their presence makes the fights tougher.
- New talent trees: Atlas Passive Skilltrees let you skill the endgame activity you want to focus on.
- New Endgame Rewards: three manufacturable Watchstones and The Maven’s Orb
- 11 new maps: From ice worlds to the desert, everything is there
- New league and rewards: In the Ritual League you get tribute, which you can exchange for various items and pieces of equipment.
- Klassen-Reworks: The Deadeye, Inquisitor and Elementalist Acendancies classes have been turned inside out.
- Harvest is back: Instead of having to completely take care of the gardening, you will now find portals in which you can find gardens that have already been created
- Heists: With the new update, missions drop from act 6. In addition, villains level up their skills faster.
You can find out more information about the individual elements in the trailer embedded above or in the developers’ 32-minute livestream:
Link to YouTube content
The first impression of the new Path of Exile Update 3.13.0 falls in the PoE-Reddit extremely positive. Many players are looking forward to the new expansion and the complex systems such as the new skill trees, but also have some concerns about new players in particular.
“They made the endgame even more complicated and confusing. They are absolutely insane (not that I want to complain, I just feel sorry for new players).”
And many agree with him, but many are also looking forward to the challenge that such complexity brings with it. Most of all, they are pleased with the huge content that the update brings with it.
“In terms of trailer quality, nothing will surpass the betrayal trailer in my opinion. But the huge content and changes in this update are just so overwhelming and absurd. All the Acendancies have been updated, three of them received a rework, Harvest is back, Heist comes in, new league, new atlas content, new maps, craftable watchsones, engame bosses who drop loot … madness! ”
In theory, the new update seems to be exactly what players wanted. We will find out what the whole thing looks like in practice on January 15th at the earliest, when Update 3.13.0 goes online.
You can read why colleague Sascha Penzhorn has a love-hate relationship with the game in his column at GameStar Plus:
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Do not expect a Path of Exile 2 until 2022
The new information on PoE 2 will probably make you less euphoric. In an interview with Gamespot, developer Chris Wilson talks about the successor and has little hope of an early release. He cites the global corona pandemic as the reason:
“The development is progressing more slowly than I would like it to be. The pace has fallen victim to the corona pandemic and although I hate to blame Corona, the virus has had an impact on us.”
In addition to the global pandemic, Willson also names another reason:
“We’re still looking to get our normal expansions out, and we won’t allow any issues to prevent us from maintaining our current game. This decision forced us to move developers who were working on PoE 2 back to PoE 1 move. “
Wilson emphasizes once again that this fundamental decision is not a problem, but it logically slows down the progress of the PoE successor. Therefore, you shouldn’t expect a PoE2 release in 2021, but rather postpone your hopes until next year.
Until then you have a lot to do in the current Path of Exile thanks to the new expansion.