Grinding Gear Games isn’t playing any games with the launch of Path of Exile’s next league: The New Zealand studio just flat-out delayed it to make sure it won’t be wrecked by Cyberpunk 2077’s new date.
“Yesterday, CD Projekt Red announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will now be released on December 10,” GGG wrote last night. “We do not want to put our players in a position of having to choose between these two games, so we have decided to step out of the way and delay the release of Path of Exile 3.13 until January. We still expect to finish 3.13 by early/mid-December. The scope of this expansion will remain unchanged. During the month of delay before release, we will start work on the 3.14 expansion.”
Instead, the team will run “at least one multi-week event” over Christmas to keep players entertained.
“While this delay will hopefully not affect our development schedule, it will probably cause our release schedule to change a little bit during 2021. We’ll post details about this as soon as we have more information about these dates and when we’ll be announcing 3.13.”
Now GGG has to hope Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t delayed for the fourth time, though if the patch is really ready in time, maybe GGG would deploy it anyway in such a case!