Grinding Gear Games is proud to announce Path of Exile: Blight! Set to launch on September 9, Blight is the newest in Path of Exile‘s quarterly expansion updates. Every single expansion introduces a new challenge league, effective products, talent gems, a shake-up of Path of Exile’s playstyle meta and considerably, considerably a lot more.
In Path of Exile: Blight, risky fungal growths have begun appearing across the cursed continent of Wraeclast, threatening man and beast alike. With the aid of the new NPC Sister Cassia, you are tasked with destroying these growths. Cassia has constructed a specialised pump for the job, but as her pump siphons the toxic fungal ichors, monsters of all shapes and sizes emerge to defend the Blight. These fiends are specifically hardy. Fortunately, Cassia has developed a variety of towers to aid shield her pump, which you can deploy.
Blight combines the rapidly, frantic action of Path of Exile’s combat with the strategic entertaining of tower defense games. To effectively defeat the Blight, you have to have to make choices on the fly, keep conscious of your surroundings, and strategy for what may perhaps lay ahead. Effectively defending Cassia’s pump rewards you with worthwhile weapons and armour, and unique oils which Cassia can use to anoint your rings and amulets with effective enchantments.
Alongside the tower defense gameplay of Blight comes a bumper-crop of new abilities, products and balance modifications. This update offers considerable balance improvements to the Necromancer archetype, with new defensive alternatives like the Meat Shield Talent Gem, Assistance Gems which augment the AI of your minions (producing them a lot more aggressive or defensive) updates to current minion-themed products, and an overhaul of the Necromancer Ascendancy class.
The Poison Assassin archetype is getting comparable focus, with 5 new Talent Gems that tremendously broaden the gameplay alternatives for players who like to inflict agonising poisons on their foes. The new Elusive mechanic, located on the Assassin Ascendancy class, adds a lot more mobility for a class that likes to get in, get the job carried out, and get out.
Likewise, the Mine Saboteur archetype will quickly have access to a set of new Mine Talent and Assistance gems, with current Mine gems undergoing considerable rebalancing to make the Mine playstyle really feel a lot more tactical and tactile. The Saboteur Ascendancy, also, has noticed improvements.
For these of you who play Action RPGs for that sweet, sweet loot, we are, of course, adding potent new distinctive products, divination cards, and, with Cassia’s anointing, an avenue to augment products in effective new methods (such as the potential to add any Passive Talent Tree notable to your amulet!).
One particular of the core style philosophies of Path of Exile is to permit players to play the way they want to play. To that finish, we’re altering the way Master Missions are dealt out in Path of Exile’s endgame, the Atlas of Worlds. Exactly where as soon as you had to actively pursue a Master Mission, or permanently miss out, you will now be in a position to accumulate these Missions more than time, becoming in a position to then play them at your personal pace and on which ever endgame Map regions you’d like!
As with just about every Path of Exile update, all of these additions, as nicely as every thing in the core game, is 100% absolutely free to play. The Blight League will final for roughly 3 months, and options a fresh game economy. The start off of a new League is the most thrilling time to play Path of Exile, with thousands of players racing to be the initially to learn every thing the new league has to offer you, so we hope you will join us when Blight launches on September 9!