There is no doubt that there has been plenty of content for Grinding Gear Games’ Path of Exile. With new events and consistent expansions coming along nicely, you will still have substantial content to play through in the coming months. However, the success of the game has reasonably led to a shift in focus to Path of Exile 2, which is of course the sequel that’s in the works. A 2021 release was originally an optimistic goal, but studio head Chris Wilson is looking at 2022 as the year for Path of Exile 2‘s release instead now.
In an interview with PC Gamer, Wilson shared more about the challenges that the developers have faced in the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic definitely took its toll, as the studio tried to work as normal. However, the possibility of new hires shrunk, which also stopped the growth of the team.
Development was obviously affected, and the release of Path of Exile 2 will see a change. The team is currently attempting to complete as much work on the sequel as possible. Only near the end of 2021 will the team have a better idea of when the game can launch.
When asked if Path of Exile 2 would target 2022 as its release window, Wilson stated that it would be accurate. With the manpower limitations, plus working from home, the delay was inevitable.
Of course, there is still more Path of Exile to enjoy. The latest expansion, Echoes of the Atlas, will arrive on January 15. This will significantly expand the endgame with more new environments and bosses. The expansion also uses some of the assets of Path of Exile 2. As such, it can be viewed as a tease of what is to come.
Seeing that Grinding Gear Games will shift focus to Path of Exile 2, this will likely be the last significant update for the first game. Expect things to be less expansive in nature, but still maintaining the quality.