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Patch 3.5.2 NotesJan 20, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWithin the next two days, we're planning to deploy Patch 3.5.2 which contains several small improvements to the game. In the meantime, we wanted to share the full patch notes with you to keep you in the loop regarding what we're working on. Click here to check out the patch notes.Huge Sale on Weapon and Shield MicrotransactionsJan 17, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just started a sale on weapon skins, shield skins and weapon effects with a hundred microtransactions available at discounted prices, including the Sin and Innocence weapon skins and weapon effects, Automaton and Wasteland skins and weapon effects and more! Press "M" in game to check out the deals or check out the full news post.The Purple Crystal Armour Set and CloakJan 17, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're excited to introduced the new Purple Crystal Armour Set and Cloak! Designed in one of our favourite colours, it gives a whole new look to the recently released Arctic Crystal Armour. Press "M" to check it out in game or check out the videos here.Sin and Innocence-themed ShieldsJan 16, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just released three new shield skins, the Sin Shield, the Innocence Shield, and the Sin and Innocence Shield, which make a perfect match for the community-favourite armour sets! Press "M" to check them out in game or check out the videos here.Community ShowcaseJan 16, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsIt's been more than a month since the start of the Betrayal League, and our community have been busy with not only exploring the new content this league has to offer, but also with expressing their talents in the form of fan art. For today's news post, we've picked several pieces of fan art created by our players over the last month, including digital art and painting, hand made, music and video entries. Click here to view the full news post.New Oriath-themed MicrotransactionsJan 15, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just introduced several new microtransactions designed in Oriath style, including three shield skins and two pets. Press "M" to check them out in store or preview them in today's news post.Development Plan for 2019Jan 15, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWith most of the team back and rested from their various holidays over the New Zealand summer, we wanted to give you an update on what the plan is for Path of Exile's development for this year. 2019 will see the release of four significant Path of Exile updates, in the form of 3.6.0 in March, 3.7.0 in June, 3.8.0 in September and 3.9.0 in December. These releases will follow the formula we have been using over the last few years, introducing a challenge league, various expansion features, new character skills/archetypes to play and masses of other fixes and quality of life improvements. While working on the 2019 updates, we also hope to make significant progress on the 4.0.0 mega-expansion, likely coming sometime in 2020. For those unfamiliar with our version numbering system, once we have released update 3.9.0, we aren't forced to number the next one 4.0.0. For example, the version after 3.9.0 (March 2020) is 3.10.0, as we do not expect to release 4.0.0 in the first part of next year. Development of 4.0.0 is a massive task and is absolutely affected by our desire to continue to release sizeable leagues at our usual pace, so we are taking our time and making sure it's ready before we decide on a release date. 2019 culminates in the ExileCon fan convention in November, where we can announce and demonstrate December's 3.9.0 expansion as well as a small preview of 4.0.0. This convention takes place approximately 2-3 weeks before the 3.9.0 release, so you should be able to play a near-final build at the show. We expect to put tickets up for sale in the next couple of weeks. We are also putting the finishing touches on the PlayStation 4 version of Path of Exile, and should be able to announce a release date in the near future. It's certainly going to be a busy year. Expect to hear more news about 2019's first expansion, version 3.6.0, in around a month!Hideout Competition HighlightsJan 14, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're continuing to showcase the highlights of our ongoing Hideout Competition. For this news post we've compiled several hideouts submitted by our participants into a video. Click here to check it out!The Stygian Mirage Archer EffectJan 13, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're starting this week with a new cosmetic effect for the Mirage Archer support gem! The Stygian Mirage Archer Effect replaces the standard visual effect of the summoned Mirage Archer with a blue and black one. Check it out by watching this video or press "M" in game to check it out. Click here to check out the full news post.Betrayal StatisticsJan 13, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsEvery league we look at a range of statistics generated by Path of Exile players. These stats help us in a variety of ways to develop the future of Path of Exile, but we also just think they're interesting! Today we're revealing a wide range of different stats we've been tracking during the Betrayal league. Click here to check out the full news post.Helmet Skins and Helmet Effects on SaleJan 10, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're holding a huge sale on all helmet skins and helmet effects with more than a hundred microtransactions available at discounted prices! Click here to read more!Streamer Interview - BalorMageJan 10, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're continuing our Streamer Interview series this week by talking to BalorMage, a full-time Path of Exile streamer from Australia. Click here to check it out!The Harpyon Armour SetJan 9, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just introduced the Harpyon Armour Set to the store, which creates a colourful and unusual look for your character. Click here to check it out!Reflecting on Past Releases: Part 3Jan 9, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsOver the last two weeks, we shared Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, which detailed some information about the various releases from Path of Exile's Closed Beta in 2012 through to the Breach release in late 2016. Today's entry covers the remaining past expansions from Legacy through to Delve. Click here to read more.The Dragon Hunter Footprints EffectJan 8, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsTo complete your Dragon Hunter collection, we've just introduced its last missing piece, the Dragon Hunter Footprints Effect! Designed in red and orange colours, this vivid footprints effect is a nice finishing touch to many outfits. Click here to check it out!3.5.1b Patch NotesJan 8, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsThe team is back from the holiday break and ready for another amazing year of Path of Exile development! We're currently finishing testing our first update of this year, the 3.5.1b patch, which includes a lot of improvements to the Betrayal League, as well as several bug fixes. We're aiming to deploy this update by the end of this working week. In the meantime, check out a preview its patch notes!The Dragon Hunter Portal EffectJan 7, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsTo continue the Dragon Hunter theme, we've just released the corresponding Portal Effect. The Dragon Hunter Portal replaces the standard effect of your portals with a large stone one, guarded by a ferocious dragon. Click here to check it out!Hideout Competition HighlightsJan 7, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsIt's been only a week since the start of our Hideout Competition, but we've already received a lot of interesting submissions. It's going to be a tough competition for sure! As usual, we'll be showcasing some of the entries every week until the end of the competition. For today's news post we've recorded a video with several hideouts created by participants so far. Click here to check it out!Hideout Competition HighlightsJan 7, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsIt's been only a week since the start of our Hideout Competition, but we've already received a lot of interesting submissions. It's going to be a tough competition for sure! As usual, we'll be showcasing some of the entries every week until the end of the competition. For today's news post we've recorded a video with several hideouts created by participants so far. Click here to check it out!The Dragon Hunter Character EffectJan 6, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just introduced the Dragon Hunter Character Effect which imbues your character with a black and orange fire-like effect. This effect will perfectly fit your Dragon Hunter Armour Set, as well as other fire-themed microtransaction from the store. Click here to check it out!Path of Exile Proves Once Again It Has One of the Most Loyal Fan Bases on SteamJun 4, 2018 - GitHypLast August, Path of Exile came just two thousand players short of hitting 100k for the first time ever. A bittersweet moment for the developers at Grinding Gear Games who certainly would have liked to finally break six figures, but who had also more than doubled the player base of their four-year-old game in a year's time. Now, after its usual seasonal player base slump, Path of Exile has once again come just shy of breaking six figures with the free-to-play game’s new 'Incursion' update. The latest time-traveling expansion saw an impressive peak of 96k players on Steam over the weekend with recent reviews from players remaining Very Positive. [caption id="attachment_351571" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Path of Exile Peak Concurrent Players on Steam via GitHyp[/caption] By doubling May’s peak of only 42k players, Grinding Gear Games have again proved they have one of the most loyal followings on Steam. Since 2013, Path of Exile has seen its share of highs and lows, but continued updates and improvements from the developers have always managed to keep players coming back for more. At the moment, Path of Exile is back to being the #4 most played game on Steam and it's just a matter of time before one of these big updates finally puts PoE over the 100,000 mark.Path of Exile Hits New Milestone at #4 on Steam Just Short of 100k PlayersAug 12, 2017 - GitHypBack in December, we reported that Path of Exile had reached its highest player count ever on Steam with 46k concurrent players. Now, eight months later, the popular action role-playing game has already doubled that prior record bringing in a new all-time high of 98k players and reaching #4 on Steam. When looking at PoE’s player counts over the past few months, you might think the game was in trouble seeing a 73% drop in its playerbase. Yet, the recent spike comes as no surprise. PoE has one of the most unique and loyal playerbases on Steam and the developers at Grinding Gear Games know how to keep fans always coming back for more. The most recent spike in players comes after the release of "The Fall of Oriath" expansion on August 4th. The first big update since March, which adds new acts, leagues, divine powers, and of course a whole lot more highly-anticipated loot. [caption id="attachment_283819" align="aligncenter" width="795"] Path of Exile's Peak Concurrent Players on Steam via GitHyp[/caption] Aside from constant waves of new content released by the devs every few months, PoE’s success has also come from its free-to-play business model which has been embraced by the community. The latest microtransaction reveal currently sits at a 99% approval rating on YouTube and the game has maintained very positive reviews on Steam. Another big factor contributing to PoE’s success has been Twitch. Some of the most popular streamers such a LIRIK, DansGaming, and itmeJP have all helped boost the game to a new all-time high of 76k peak viewers. Again, more than double the previous record of 34k viewers back in March on Twitch. As expected, Path of Exile’s playerbase is already on the decline since the release of the latest expansion. Dropping 24% one week after its record-setting weekend. Still, even with another potential 70%+ dropoff in players in the coming months, ARPG fans are sure to come back and help Path of Exile break 100k players in the coming months when the next big update hits.Path of Exile Reaches Its Highest Concurrent Player Count Ever on SteamDec 12, 2016 - GitHypReleased a little over three years ago back in 2013, Path of Exile’s playerbase continues to grow with each new content update that developer, Grinding Gear Games, releases on Steam. Most recently, the playerbase for PoE reached a new all-time high just two days after the December 2 release of Content Update 2.5.0: Breach. The Diablo-inspired action RPG has been one of Steam’s most played games for years, but on December 4, Path of Exile broke its previous all-time peak player record by bringing in an impressive 46,733 concurrent players in a single hour. And in doing so, the Breach update also helped PoE reach its highest ranking ever on Steam coming in at #5. [caption id="attachment_224765" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Path of Exile's Peak Player Count Per Hour Data via GitHyp[/caption] The previous highest peak for PoE was back in March 2016 when the game’s fourth major expansion, Ascendancy, brought in 36,913 players during its launch week. So when comparing the two record-setting peaks, Breach’s launch has crushed Ascendancy with a 21% increase in players -- an impressive number, especially considering the age of the game. As expected, Breach's second weekend had a slight dip, but still managed to pull in 40k+ peak player days. The player counts for PoE always dip back down over the months following a big new update or season, but the developers at GGG seem to always find a way to bring players right back with enticing new features. Their latest launch has proven this once again becoming their most successful update yet which has grown the game’s playerbase significantly. With the current player counts higher than ever and recent user feedback on Steam being overwhelmingly positive, the future looks bright for both new and returning players venturing into Path of Exile’s dark fantasy world of Wraeclast.