Path of Exile has been a long running free-to-play alternative for those looking to sate the hunger for more loot than Diablo alone could give. Today, at its annual Exilecon, Grinding Gear Games announced two new Path of Exile games: a sequel to the original and a mobile version.
The announcement trailer for Path of Exile 2 starts with a captive criminal escaping from a hanging and fleeing towards even more monsters, before quickly transitioning to the isometric dungeon-crawling you'd expect.
Path of Exile made a name for itself by bucking a lot of free-to-play conventions when it launched, and it looks like the sequel will build even more on its myriad systems. Path of Exile 2 will have a new seven-act storyline that will be playable alongside the original campaign, leading to the same shared endgame. The sequel will also retain all expansion content that's been created over the last six years.
Of course, there is more new stuff to do as well. Nineteen new Ascendancy classes, a new Skill Gem system, equipment, and an updated look and engine look to upgrade the world of Path of Exile.
Developer Grinding Gear Games also posted a 14-minute gameplay preview that you can check out here, but don't get your hopes too high on playing the sequel anytime soon. According to the site, Path of Exile 2 doesn't have a release date set yet, but Grinding Gear Games doesn't expect to get a beta underway until "at least very late 2020." This won't interrupt Path of Exile updates though, as they'll still roll out in three-month cycles and be available in both the first game and its sequel.
Grinding Gear Games also announced a mobile version of Path of Exile is on the way with a trailer that pokes a little fun at Blizzard. During his keynote address, Grinding Gear CEO Chris Wilson made a joke that he was happy they announced Path of Exile 2 before the mobile adaptation, a reference to Blizzard incurring fan outrage over its Diablo Immortal announcement last year.
Considering Diablo 4 was announced not that long ago, this is a pretty gutsy move from Grinding Gear Games. But in light of the ill will Blizzard has garnered, both from its Diablo Immortals announcement last year and a fraught 2019, it's not the worst time to try and dethrone the king of dungeon crawling looters. We'll see more of what the Path of Exile team is cooking up sometime next year.