Path of Exile’s 2020 updates included some distinctive Leagues for gamers to discover, like Harvest and Heist. However the first enlargement for 2021 comprises greater than only a handful of actions, new loot, and new builds. Echoes of the Atlas expands Path of Exile’s endgame with new bosses, methods, and ability bushes.
A brand new livestream from developer Grinding Gear Video games revealed the upcoming enlargement and its accompanying League, Ritual.
After Path of Exile gamers attain the present model of the sport’s endgame, a number of the new Echoes of the Atlas methods will kick in. A mysterious entity often known as The Maven calls for to observe gamers battle bosses in numerous arenas, making the fights harder along with her presence.
As gamers impress The Maven over time, she’ll ramp up the problem, asking them to defeat acquainted bosses concurrently — as much as 10 without delay. The Maven will finally problem gamers to a duel. Since she’s probably the most highly effective being gamers have confronted thus far, defeating The Maven comes with highly effective, distinctive rewards, like the flexibility to construct out a brand new type of ability tree.
Path of Exile is notorious for its ridiculous ability tree — a spider’s net of choices to completely customise every character in a novel means. However the brand new Atlas Passive Talent Bushes, for which gamers achieve factors by defeating The Maven, are a bit totally different.
As an alternative of instantly contributing to a personality’s energy, the Atlas Passive Talent Bushes form the Path of Exile expertise. Gamers can make investments factors towards a particular type of exercise. For instance, within the Lex Proxima area of the Atlas Passive Talent Bushes, gamers who benefit from the Harvest exercise can make investments factors that assist them discover extra Sacred Groves (random Harvest occasions) or earn extra crafting rewards from Sacred Groves. Different areas provide comparable perks for sure actions, like rising expertise good points from Past Monsters.
This new customization system is a means for gamers to decide on the type of endgame content material they need. Each Heist and Harvest return to Path of Exile as a part of the core recreation, including much more random encounters to the world that gamers can encounter. Naturally, some gamers will take pleasure in a few of these actions greater than others. With the Atlas Passive Talent Bushes, gamers can make investments closely in an exercise they love, like Harvest, whereas straying away from upgrades for actions they dislike, like Heist.
Along with Atlas Passive Talent Tree factors, gamers can decide up new Waystones from The Maven, or a particular merchandise that permits them to alter the properties of their objects.
Echoes of the Atlas additionally reworks quite a few Ascendancy Lessons — superior variations of the bottom courses that gamers can select after reaching a sure in-game level, giving them additional customization choices and ability bushes. The Elementalist, the Inquisitor, the Deadeye, and the Slayer will all see enhancements with Echoes of the Atlas. These reworks add new abilities whereas additionally fleshing out every Ascendancy’s identification extra clearly.
Regardless of being a large, endgame-focused enlargement, Echoes of the Atlas additionally comes with a brand new Problem League: Ritual. As with all different Problem Leagues, gamers can select to start out Path of Exile with a recent character and race to the endgame, taking over new challenges.
With Ritual, gamers can encounter Altars strewn in regards to the world. After killing the monsters across the Altars, gamers can activate the Altars to return the enemies to life, empowered by the mysterious magic. Subsequent Altars will then spawn their distinctive enemies and the enemies from the earlier Altars within the space. Gamers can improve the problem of their Rituals — and the rewards — with objects known as Ritual Vessels.
Relying on the Ritual, gamers will earn a brand new forex known as Tribute. Gamers can spend Tribute to purchase new objects from the defeated Ritual. Gamers lose their Tribute after they go away an space, so it’s unattainable to amass it. If gamers discover a fascinating merchandise they will’t afford, they will make a partial cost to defer the merchandise. This ensures the specified merchandise will reappear, cheaper, in a later Ritual.
Echoes of the Atlas additionally comes with a bunch of recent Distinctive objects and Talent gems, which gamers can use to craft highly effective new builds. This enlargement additionally comes with 11 new maps for gamers to play by.
Grinding Gear Video games will launch Path of Exile: Echoes of the Atlas on Jan. 15 for Home windows PC, and Jan. 20 for PlayStation four and Xbox One.