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Path of Exile 2 hits beta in “very late 2020”

Path of Exile 2 is official. The massive update formerly known as Path of Exile 4.0 is now being branded as a full sequel, and it’ll have the content to match: a massive new campaign, loads of new equipment, new ascendancy classes, and a reworked skill gem system. The release is still a long way out, but developer Grinding Gear Games has already announced a load of details.

The new, seven-act campaign is set 20 years after the death of Kitava, and will be available alongside PoE1 campaign – both storylines conclude into the same endgame content. PoE2 will include all the expansion content that’s come to the game over the years, while making engine improvements and adding a host of new features.

The new set of exiles will get a new set of ascendancy classes to choose from – 19 options that are distinct from those from the PoE1 campaign. We’re also getting a reworked skill system, which will allow you to socket support gems directly into skill gems – which should make building your character easier, while maintaining all the previous depth.

Naturally, there’s plenty of new equipment, and the devs say on the official site that “the entire progression of armour and weapons has been redone from start to finish.” (Of course, all your microtransaction purchases will carry over.)

Check out the story trailer above.

Or get a more detailed gameplay breakdown in this 14-minute video.

Path of Exile 2 does not yet have a release date, and you shouldn’t expect a beta until “at least very late 2020.” That’s about as far out as the Diablo 4 release date, so it seems we’re getting ready for a true war of ARPG titans. Someday.

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