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The Lava Aura EffectMar 19, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just introduced the Lava Aura Effect which replaces the standard effect of an Aura gem with a burning hot and molten one. Synthesis Week 2: What we're working onMar 19, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're continuing to work on improvements for recent content, based on your feedback. We're planning to release the 3.6.2 patch by the end of this working week, which contains a lot of Betrayal changes as well as whatever Synthesis ones are ready. Find out more in today's news. Introducing Three New Weapon SkinsMar 18, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just released three new weapon skins: the Infernal Bow, the Ultimate Chaos Axe and the Pickaxe! Check them out in this news post!Synthesis Concept ArtMar 18, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsAt the beginning of a new league we often showcase league-themed concept art as a sneak peek to the development process. As is tradition, for today's news we've prepared a preview of several pieces of artwork and 3d modelling created by our art team for the Synthesis expansion. Click here to check them out!The Lightning Character EffectMar 17, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just introduced the Lightning Character Effect which surrounds your character with lightning, making them sparkle with electrical charge. Click here to check it out!Download the Glimmerwood Mystery Box Soundtrack for Free!Mar 17, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsThe Glimmerwood Mystery Box has been received very well by our community. As an appreciation for your continued support, we're making the soundtrack of this Mystery Box available as a free download. Enjoy! Click here to read more.The Glimmerwood Mystery BoxMar 14, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just introduced the Glimmerwood Mystery Box which introduces 38 new microtransactions from the woodland realm, each imbued with a curious kind of magic. Each Mystery Box costs 30 points and guarantees one microtransaction with value equal to or greater than that of the box. Many of these mystery box cosmetics can be combined to create a blended version of the two designs for even deeper character customisation. Click here to find out more!Path Of Exile s first official convention is ExileCon, this NovemberMar 14, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun If you hadn’t yet twigged that free-to-play action-RPG Path Of Exile is pretty chuffing popular, developers Grinding Gear Games have made it clear. They’ve announced ExileCon, an official two-day fan convention dedicated to clicking on monsters until they burst in a shower of bloody gold. Running November 16-17, it’ll be a big love-in for folks who attend and bring some big announcements for distant viewers too. And unlike cons which ask people to travel to the wastelands of California or wherever, this is going down somewhere chuffing lovely: New Zealand, specifically Grinding Gear’s home city of Auckland. (more…) Dragonfly WingsMar 13, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just released the Dragonfly Wings! Designed in the mystic style, these light and elegant wings will complete many outfits. Click here to check them out!ExileCon Tickets Now on Sale!Mar 13, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're excited to announce that tickets to our Path of Exile convention, ExileCon, are available now! The convention will be held on the November 16th and 17th (NZT) this year. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit our full ExileCon page. We are initially selling one big batch of tickets, but will hold some in reserve for later release. Don't worry if you miss out, we'll make sure to indicate in advance when the second batch will go on sale. If you run into any issues, please email [email protected]Path of Exile finally has a PS4 release dateMar 13, 2019 - EurogamerPath of Exile comes out 26th March on PlayStation 4, Grinding Gear Games has announced. The popular free-to-download action RPG launches on Sony's console alongside the latest expansion, Synthesis. Path of Exile's hotly-anticipated PS4 release has been delayed a few times as Grinding Gear worked through certification issues. The Diablo-like game had been due out on PS4 in December 2018 before it was delayed to February 2019 and then to March. Read more Celestial Aura Effect and Celestial SoulrendMar 12, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just released two new microtransactions, designed in a community-favourite theme: the Celestial Aura Effect and Celestial Soulrend! The Celestial Aura Effect changes the standard effect of aura gem to a cosmic one with moving particles. Celestial Soulrend replaces the effect of this new, but already popular skill gem, with a purple and yellow Celestial effect. Click here to check them out!ExileCon Tickets Available This WeekMar 11, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're excited to announce that tickets to our November ExileCon convention in New Zealand will be available later this week! This convention will be a great opportunity to meet devs, other Path of Exile fans, hear our December expansion announcement, our 4.0.0 mega expansion announcement and much more! We plan to open up ticket sales at 1pm PDT on Wednesday this week (9am New Zealand time on Thursday). We don't expect to sell out quickly, because we wanted to give at least a day of advance notice so that players who want to purchase them the second they go on sale can do so. We'll post the link to the ticket purchase page on the news as soon as it's ready. The Shaped HideoutMar 11, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe've just released the Shaped Hideout! As you might have guessed, this relatively small hideout represents Shaper's Arena. The Shaped Hideout is made of Atlas paper, located in open space, and is a nice addition to your hideout collection. Click here to check it out.Introducing the Unique Collection TabMar 11, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsPath of Exile is all about items, and many players enjoy collecting different sets of Unique Items. Until now, players have had to store their unique item collection in regular Stash Tabs (or potentially Quad Tabs), without the ability to easily show their friends how many they have collected. Today we're releasing the Unique Collection Tab, a Stash Tab designed for unique item collectors. Click here to check it out!Synthesis Week 1: What We're Working OnMar 11, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsAs we mentioned earlier this week, our Path of Exile: Synthesis launch has been hugely successful in terms of player numbers and the response from the community. We have a small patch planned for later this week and we want to keep you in the loop about what we have planned. Click here to read more.The Synthesis Brimmed HatMar 10, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe're celebrating the launch of the Synthesis League by releasing a new Brimmed Hat! Designed in a classic wizardly style, the Synthesis Brimmed Hat is adorned with golden ornaments that matches the theme of the Synthesis League. The Synthesis Brimmed Hat will only be available during the current league and won't appear in the shop again in the future. Don't miss it if you want to show your support to a specific development period of Path of Exile! Click here to check it out!How the Synthesis Launch WentMar 10, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsOn Saturday (NZT), we launched Path of Exile: Synthesis. Peak player concurrency was 176,700, making it the second-largest Path of Exile expansion launch ever (6.5% lower than the massive Betrayal update in December that had a lot of viral publicity). In addition to great player numbers, our recent improvements to realm stability meant that this was our first launch with no significant server problems of any kind. Today's news includes more about our launch and what to expect this week!Path of Exile: Synthesis expansion is liveMar 8, 2019 - PC GamerPath of Exile: Synthesis adds a new Challenge League to the popular free action-RPG. Synthesis is all about exploring lost memories and its dungeons are made by players, assembled from fragments of the decaying memories of an NPC named Cavas. It's an intriguing high concept for a game that's often a bit generic in its theming. That's not all that's been added in the latest Path of Exile update, and the full list of changes is here if you've got enough time to read them all. Among the changes is a complete balance overhaul of all Path of Exile's spells. No biggie. Synthesis is available now. Design your own deathtrap today in Path Of Exile: SynthesisMar 8, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunMemories are fragile, ephemeral things, and the new memory-dungeons in Path Of Exile‘s latest update – Synthesis – start crumbling the moment you look at them. In Grinding Gear’s free-to-play action RPG’s latest league, players will have to blaze through these new optional areas quickly in hopes of stabilising them, because the reward is the chance to build your own loot-filled labyrinth to raid. This will be the first league in a while not to remove anything, either. The Shadow of Mordor-ish Betrayal system of the previous league is still available, but has been shuffled to later in the main story. (more…) 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.