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Path of Exile Audio Team Q&AOct 3, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsWant to know more about what goes into the music and sound effects of Path of Exile or how they're made? Our sound designers are keen to answer your questions, so we'll collect them from today's news post and present the answers sometime in the next few weeks! The intention of this Q&A is to give you an insight of the inner workings of the Audio Team, so if you have any specific questions like "How did you make the Gratuitous Violence blood pops sound so satisfying?", then now's your chance! We may not be able to go through every question with them, but we'll try to get as many of your questions answered as possible! We look forward to your questions!Path of Exile 'loot goblins' highlight RPG's magic find woesOct 2, 2022 - PCGamesNPath of Exile 'loot goblins' are the talk of the ARPG game's community right now - a description for players spending hours upon hours farming with minimal rewards in search of one extremely high-payout enemy. Many fans say this phenomenon, which has become the focus of much endgame play in PoE patch 3.19, is emblematic of both big problems with the magic find system and ongoing frustrations about the Path of Exile Archnemesis mods. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Path of Exile Archnemesis system continues to frustrate fans Path of Exile devs hope to appease frustrated fans as Diablo 4 looms Path of Exile: Sentinel expansion adds monster-buffing drones Design a T-Shirt Competition HighlightsOct 2, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsOur Design a T-Shirt Competition started a couple of weeks ago and today we're highlighting some awesome ideas from the community. Check them out below! Meowlock {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/74968924f464bba836e3f1df0c088868ef7b4d20.jpg LOSTVM {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/d8eb5e1a5fbd1df01d520c3a2847e8d7a5cd1a63.png AnTiMtR {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/8e5e088deeabdbd61e5aed787607acf21939359d.jpg rapoza001 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/d9b01f580ac1b6c0e8e818bcefee3f958f693175.jpg Tyukid Tukohama's Toaster plugged into a totem in the background, with the Witch in the foreground using her wand (in one hand) to apply a generous amount of butter to her toast (in the other hand). Text at the bottom reads "Too. Much. Butter." ickmyung {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/53cf83649e883270887a7a7da82dcea9f67c33bc.jpg Karnaros {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/9c76285d4c111ace67cdda0a89c14e5bfad518bd.png dmafeb {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/28407f3788862e44a94fa4026c68fe7d02a73acc.png There's still around a couple weeks to go until the competition ends! Make sure you post your ideas and designs in the competition thread here! Good luck! Weekend Weapons and Shields SaleSep 29, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsThis weekend, we're hosting a sale on a huge selection of Weapon and Shield Effects and Skins! If you're looking to fill in missing cosmetic set pieces or just want a new look, be sure to check out the specials in-game by pressing the 'M' key to open the shop and navigating to the Specials tab. The sale ends at 5pm on October 3rd PDT. Not sure what to get? Check out the Overlord Weapon and Misery Weapon Effect in the screenshot below, which are part of the sale! We've paired them with the Despair Armour Set and the Despair Cloak. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/fc2c2411fd50877bd63a476d5631c051274aada5.jpg If you're short on points, check out our supporter packs, which you can find by pressing 'M' to open the store in-game. Thanks for your support!Build of the Week S10 E3 - Frost666's Relic of the Pact InquisitorSep 29, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsThis week's build is by Frost666, and makes use of the returning Relic of the Pact wand to freeze fearsome bosses in their steps! Check out the showcase below! For more information about Frost666's build, you can find their video here and their forum post here. If you're keen to get featured in next week's video, make sure you post your build in our Classes/Builds sub-forum, which you can find on our forum homepage! Hideout Showcase September 2022Sep 28, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsWe went through our Hideout Showcase forum again to highlight some of your amazing hideout designs with the rest of the community! If you're looking for a new Hideout or need some inspiration for your next one, check them out in the showcase below! Here's a list of the hideouts featured in the video (.hideout files are available for download in corresponding forum threads): Tiny's Breathing Cave by Deathtiny2266 Heart of Nature by Morinmeth Fire and Ice by Systemh11 Alien Forest by woozel Forsaken Shrine by MikoMiranda Lore of the Lake of Kalandra with KittenCatNoodle!Sep 27, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsCommunity streamer KittenCatNoodle has done a deep dive into the mystifying lore of Kalandra and her Lake in our latest expansion, Lake of Kalandra! With the thick fog shrouding the lake, reflecting upon its lore may be speculative at best… Check out KittenCatNoodle's video below! If you are interested in checking out more of KittenCatNoodle's lore videos, check out her YouTube channel or follow her on Twitch or Twitter for updates about the series. Design a T-Shirt Competition HighlightsSep 26, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsLast week, we launched a competition where we encouraged our players to design a Path of Exile inspired T-Shirt. Since then we have received quite a number of submissions. We picked some of them to share with the wider community today. Check them out below! junaum {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/b8fe81883ab0f5315a82d4e1e507eeb2f082fb12.jpg beeman102 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/43c16814f9004e44ec2816ac785d5daa22ffe44f.png LostInChains {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/e73f120cec6c95669bb30b932795926375cadec9.png kukuruzov921 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/02fee9bd6ab570b7ed2da9e08f0a0bb79b361c65.jpg Boredbeard 'I thought about simple black t-shirt with print or, maybe a bit heavier polo shirt with small embroidery placed near heart on the left side, around 5x5 cm square. A play on word club. Everybody who knows, knows.' {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/f9f577c1d7fdadee5524e103bcbbdd5f6e0d4d86.jpg godlike0211 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/162a4b55b80bdba5f7ceb107cc63800f4c21a1e6.jpg xo_areik_ox {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/c2930f4f15cfdf08cca69ccd64ab8083ace0c2b3.jpg Twitch Community HighlightsSep 25, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsWe love seeing your moments in game, so in today's news post we've decided to share some of our clips that we've seen on Twitch! Check them out on our forum post, which you can find here! ExileCon Tickets Final Wave Now Live!Sep 22, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsThe final wave of ExileCon 2023 tickets is now live! The convention will be held on July 29-30 next year. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit our full ExileCon 2023 page. This final wave will include 70 VIP tickets, 200 regular tickets and 250 balcony tickets. This will be the last chance to pick up a ticket, so don't miss out! If you run into any issues, please email [email protected] Balcony tickets are identical to regular tickets but have you seated on the third floor of the auditorium (the Balcony) for the keynotes and potentially other talks. They are a bit less expensive ($210 USD). If you have an existing ticket that you'd like to upgrade to one of the restocked higher-tier ones, there will be an Upgrade button available next to that ticket type. You'll only pay the difference between your current one and the new tier. Please also note that the name on your ticket needs to match your photo ID, so when purchasing a second ticket for your friend or a family member, make sure that the name on that ticket matches their photo ID. We hope to see you there at ExileCon 2023! Build of the Week Season 10 - Episode 2 - Mathil's Rolling Magma DeadeyeSep 21, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsReady for the next Build of the Week? Created by Mathil, this week's build uses Rolling Magma and takes advantage of weapon swapping to switch between huge AoE for clearing and focussed explosions for single target damage! Check out the showcase below! For more information about Mathil's build, you can find their video here and their forum post here. If you're keen to get featured in next week's video, make sure you post your build in our Classes/Builds sub-forum, which you can find on our forum homepage! Community ShowcaseSep 20, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsFor today's news post, we've gathered a few pieces of Path of Exile related art to show off the amazing talent of our community. Check them out below! Minion Instability Army by Phantatsy via Reddit {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/c95f496d91c4ca18c452280ec9716decd530c87d.jpg Shadow by timqq via Reddit {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/28d7600da3ba5b90bdf6607af88a4c910d149509.jpg Ranger by impulze3 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/f17ed75673ea0e6a8887af77ef79f95b432ebcd5.jpg Shaper Tattoo by xXNeophytesXx via Reddit {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/3f8fcdd59f6fa934babdc971eca8aaff2312f378.jpg Main Menu Theme by DeathTrades via Reddit If you've been inspired and would like to share your creations with us, make sure to post them in our Community Showcase Forum or our subreddit. 3.19.1c Patch Notes PreviewSep 19, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsLater this week, we're planning to release the 3.19.1c update with some of the changes to Archnemesis monsters and Kalandra League we mentioned in our news post last week. The patch also includes further Archnemesis changes and some bug fixes. Check out the patch notes below. The following patch notes are still subject to change prior to the patch's deployment. We'll deploy the 3.19.1c update on consoles as soon as possible after its release on PC. Archnemesis Changes Increased the cooldown of the Ice Prison Archnemesis modifier from 5 seconds to 10 seconds, and the duration of the Ice Prison has been increased from 3 seconds to 5 seconds. This results in 50% prison uptime rather than 60%, and fewer overall prisons. Lowered the duration of the shocked ground on death from the Electrocuting Archnemesis modifier from 25 seconds to 10 seconds. Removed the damage from the Permafrost Archnemesis modifiers cold-damaging ground area. The area now only applies chill. Lowered the duration of the Incendiary Archnemesis modifiers fire-damaging ground area from 4 seconds to around 3 seconds. Disabled the on-death ground effects for the Incendiary Archnemesis modifier for Magic monsters. Disabled Volatiles from spawning on death when a Magic monster with the Toxic Archnemesis modifier is slain. Lake of Kalandra Changes Gems are no longer a possible chest reward from Tier 3 and 4 generic encounters in the Lake of Kalandra and, for the most part, have been replaced by Currency chests. Reflection of the Dream now has 50% increased Monster density (previously 100%), and the Breach now opens and closes 30% slower. This is both for reasons related to performance and the difficulty level of the encounter. Added a warning message that will display in the Mirrored Tablet interface when performing an action that disconnects one or more tiles, preventing them from being accessed. Other Changes Increased the chance for the Will of Chaos and Deadly End Ultimatum Aspects to drop from their respective bosses. Void Jaguar Influence monsters now have 50% of physical damage converted to cold damage (previously 75%), and now have a variable time before they can use their Leap Slam skill after spawning (previously a fixed time). Consuming Thrall Influence monsters now deal 30% less damage with their projectiles against enemies at close range (previously 15% less). Increased the following Skills target limit to 100: Ancestral Warchief, Bladestorm, Cleave, Contagion, Doryani's Touch, Earthquake, Vaal Earthquake, Fire Burst, Flame Golem's Flame Wave Skill, Ground Slam, Ice Nova, Shattering Steel, Shock Nova, Whirling Blades, Wild Strike's Fire Area of Effect, and Vortex. Bug Fixes Fixed a bug where Metamorphs with the Magma Barrier modifier would always create Fire Volatiles and be surrounded by a Magma Barrier the moment they transformed. Fixed a bug where Operative's Strongboxes were not being affected by increases to Quantity of Items contained in Strongboxes. Fixed a bug where ...Design a T-shirt CompetitionSep 18, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsWe're launching a competition to design the best Path of Exile T-shirt! We will also be awarding prizes to the most compelling entries! We're looking for a T-shirt design that will be awesome to wear out and about in the community, while still being instantly recognisable to other Path of Exile players. Maybe it'll have a clever slogan, a cool image or a meme that only our community would understand. We're really excited to see what you'll come up with! Prizes Top Three The Lord's Labyrinth Gamebook Path of Exile Art Print signed by Developers Your choice of two Path of Exile T-shirts - (Chaos Orb, Shaper or Untainted Paradise) Your choice of an Armour Set (any Armour Set from the store) Your choice of Back Attachment or Wings (any Back Attachment or Wings from the store) Your choice of a Portal Effect (any Portal Effect from the store) Your choice of Footprints Effect (any Footprints Effect from the store) 4th-5th Place Your choice of two Path of Exile T-shirts - (Chaos Orb, Shaper or Untainted Paradise) Your choice of an Armour Set (any Armour Set from the store) Your choice of Back Attachment or Wings (any Back Attachment or Wings from the store) Your choice of a Helmet or Helmet Effect (any Helmet/Helmet Effect from the store) 6th-10th Place Your choice of an Armour Set (an Armour Set from the list below) Your choice of a Portal Effect (a Portal Effect from the list below) Your choice of a Helmet Effect (a Helmet Effect from the list below) 11th-20th Place Your choice of a Portal Effect (a Portal Effect from the list below) Your choice of a Helmet Effect (a Helmet Effect from the list below) List of Armour Sets Arcane Armour Set Arctic Armour Set Arctic Crystal Armour Set Automaton Armour Set Balefire Armour Set Blood Guard Armour Set Carnage Armour Set Coliseum Armour Set Darkprism Armour Pack Demon King Armour Set Desert Armour Set Dragon Armour Set Elite Armour Set Extinction Armour Set Executioner Armour Set Fallen Angel Armour Set Faith Guard Armour Set Ghostflame Armour Set Gloom Armour Set Gorgon Armour Set Gore Armour Set Gothic Armour Set Gryffon Armour Set Harlequin Armour Set Harpyon Armour Set Huntsman Armour Set Ice Armour Set Ivory Chaos Armour Set Lightning Armour Set Lunaris Armour Set Mageguard Armour Set Malachai Armour Set Madcap Armour Set Merchant Armour Pack Miracle Armour Set Mystic Armour Set Necrotic Armour Set Pitch Black Armour Set Polar Armour Set Pure Light Armour Set Purple Necrotic Armour Set Purple Crystal Armour Set Radiant Armour Set Raven Armour Set Rapture Armour Set Ringmaster Armour Set Seawitch Armour Set Seraph Armour Set Sphinx Armour Set Steam-Powered Armour Set Stormcaller Armour Set Temple Armour Pack Vampiric Armour Set Verdant Armour Set Warlock Armour Set Wasteland Warrior Armour Set Wild Armour Set Water Elemental Armour Set Wrangler Armour Set List of Portal Effects Arcane Demon King Portal Arcane Portal Arcane Voidgate Portal Effect Arctic Crystal Portal Effect Arctic Portal Effect Automaton P...Build of the Week Season 10 - Episode 1 - ABCkid's Self-shock Lightning ConduitSep 15, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsWe're bringing the Build of the Week series back! Over the coming weeks, we'll be showcasing some cool and unique builds created by the community. This week's build features the new Lightning Conduit skill, and was created by ABCkid to annihilate enemies in a barrage of lightning bolts! Checkout the showcase below! For more information about ABCkid's build, you can find their forum post here. If you're keen to get featured in next week's video, make sure you post your build in our Classes/Builds sub-forum, which you can find on our forum homepage! Sentinel Microtransactions and Stash Bundle Now Available in StoreSep 14, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsMicrotransactions from the Sentinel Mystery Box are now available in the store! We've individually priced each set of items based on its type and rarity. The Sentinel Stash Bundle is also being released today! This microtransaction applies a skin to your Stash and Guild Stash in your hideout to make them look like the Sentinel Box! Check it out in the video below. Check out all the other Sentinel microtransactions by watching the video below. You can also view the full range in the store by pressing 'M' while in-game to access the store. Thanks for your support! Kirac's Vault Pass Concept ArtSep 13, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsToday, we have a variety of both concept art and 3D art for items featured in Kirac's Vault Pass! The pass contains item skins and effects for specific unique items that unlock as you complete Atlas objectives! Check out the art below! If you want to find out more about Kirac's Vault Pass, check out the Vault Pass in-game by clicking the icon in the top-left corner of the Atlas. Darkness Enthroned {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/90801de10e01ffe5f325050abb7c925c0ee959e0.png Zenith Magna Eclipsis {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/1cc4e55b8f422785c42911125d3a2cd3f31e34de.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/8ab5bd69ae99e2b49b6462ae85f8604ff34d85fc.png Undying Gravebind {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/2e0cad2a30a9b8158610e0e28da4505a0cef98f9.jpg Nebular Legacy of Fury {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/3f5e092a7dbd202c6e9e3f4630ea05c7617468f4.png Predatory Farrul's Fur {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/ebc0614a36707ff8d7b0645c490265c3197c2f2f.png Hyperboreal Cospri's Malice {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5193306/22d92f1d15a9b8302ba83eec3d102f8a3a84d64e.png If you want to find out more about Kirac's Vault Pass, check out the Vault Pass in-game by clicking the icon in the top-left corner of the Atlas. Additional Upcoming ChangesSep 13, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsIn an upcoming patch, we'll be making some further small changes to the Lake of Kalandra expansion. This news post outlines what you can expect. In a previous post, we mentioned we were discussing issues related to magic find/culling feeling mandatory as well as cases where it feels bad to get a lot of quality currency or flasks from killing a monster with specific Archnemesis modifiers. In both of these cases, our discussions are ongoing. However, in order to provide a bit more certainty, we can say that we don't have easy solutions for these issues mid-league and will be looking at what's possible for 3.20. Upcoming Changes We're planning to remove Gems as a possible reward from Tier 3 and 4 generic encounters in the Lake of Kalandra. For the most part, these will be replaced by Currency Chests. We're planning to reduce the number of monsters that spawn in the Reflection of the Dream encounter. Additionally, we're planning to reduce the open and close time of the Breach. This is both for reasons related to performance and the difficulty level of the encounter. We are lowering the duration of the shocked ground on death from the Electrocuting archnemesis mod from 25 seconds to 10 seconds. We are also removing the damage from Permafrost's cold-damaging ground area. The area only applies chill now. We are lowering the duration of Incendiary's fire-damaging ground area from 4 seconds to around 3 seconds. We're increasing the cooldown of the Ice Prison Archnemesis mod from 5 seconds to 10 seconds. The duration of the Ice Prison is being increased from 3 seconds to 5 seconds. This results in 50% prison uptime rather than 60%, and fewer overall prisons. For magic monsters only: we're disabling on-death ground effects for the Incendiary modifier. We're also disabling volatiles from spawning on death when a monster with the Toxic modifier is slain. Flasks will be able to have Fractured modifiers, which can be obtained through the Empowered Elements conversion modifier. We're planning to increase the chances for the Will of Chaos and Deadly End Ultimatum Aspects to drop from their relevant bosses. We have a small patch coming out in the next couple of days with some very minor fixes, most of which is unrelated to the above changes. We'll get this set of changes out as soon as we can.More ExileCon Tickets Available Soon!Sep 11, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsNext week we will put more tickets on sale at 2pm on September 22nd (PDT) (9am on Friday in New Zealand). This batch will include 70 VIP tickets, 200 regular tickets and 250 balcony tickets. Balcony tickets are identical to regular tickets but have you seated on the third floor of the auditorium (the Balcony) for the keynotes and potentially other talks. They are a bit less expensive ($210 USD). If you have an existing ticket that you'd like to upgrade to one of the restocked higher-tier ones, there will be an Upgrade button available next to that ticket type. You'll only pay the difference between your current one and the new tier. Please also note that the name on your ticket needs to match your photo ID, so when purchasing a second ticket for your friend or a family member, make sure that the name on that ticket matches their photo ID. This is the final large wave of tickets, so if you are planning to attend ExileCon in person, don't miss out on them! We can't reserve tickets for you, so the only way to get one of the new batch is to be online at exactly the time they go on sale. Good luck! Weekend Wings and Back Attachment Sale + Free Mystery Box When You Spend PointsSep 8, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsThis weekend we are running a Wings and Back Attachment Sale! You can view the full selection by pressing 'M' to open the store in-game. The sale runs all weekend and ends at 6pm September 12th (PDT). During the sale, we’re also offering one free Kalandra Mystery Box when you spend points! If you've already unlocked every item from the Kalandra Mystery Box, you'll get Two Warlord Mystery Boxes instead! This promotion is available on both PC and consoles. Have a look at the what’s in the box below. Please note: it's only possible to get the free Mystery Box(es) once from this promotion. Making additional microtransaction purchases will not grant additional mystery boxes. Purchasing a supporter pack will not grant the free Mystery Box(es) but spending points from a supporter pack can grant them. In case you need points for this sale, we'd recommend checking out the Lake of Kalandra Supporter Packs, which you can find by pressing 'M' to open the store in-game. Thank you so much for your support! 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-Breach-All-Time-Player-Record-graph 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.