Grinding Gear Games’ Path of Exile: Expedition Expansion to Launch this month; Path of Exile: Royale Returning for a Limited Time

Auckland, New Zealand — July 15, 2021 — Grinding Gear Games’ Path of Exile’s latest free expansion, Path of Exile: Expedition, will launch on July 23rd on PC and macOS, and on July 28th for the Xbox One and PlayStation®4 consoles. Path of Exile: Royale, which was first introduced in 2018 as a limited time April Fool’s game mode, has been revamped and brought back for weekend play sessions. 

During the livestream, Grinding Gear Games Co-founder, Chris Wilson, revealed that the Path of Exile: Expedition expansion will feature the Expedition Challenge League, four new merchant NPCs, 19 new Skill and Support Gems, massive balance changes, a flask system rework as well as new item types.

In Path of Exile: Expedition, players encounter the Kalguur, who have traveled to Wraeclast to follow in the footsteps of their ancient settlers and to retrieve their lost artifacts. Players are asked to help retrieve these artifacts from marked Expedition sites where the Kalguur believe their ancestors have fallen. Players must strategically place a chain of explosives across the site and detonate them in order to unearth the remains of the fallen Kalguur, who rise as an undead army that must be defeated. Careful choices of where to place explosives will yield chests that might contain ancient runed artifacts.

These artifacts can be traded with new merchants, known as Tujen the Haggler, Rog the Dealer, Gwennen the Gambler and their leader Dannig. Each new NPC has a unique trading style, ranging from Rog sweetening deals in order to make a profit, to Gwennen who will offer items whose properties are a gamble during the trade.

Path of Exile: Expedition also offers players the opportunity to discover Logbooks, which can be crafted to maximise their value and difficulty, or can be traded with other players. Dannig can use these chronicles to take players to the locations they describe. At the much larger Expeditions, players must place a much longer series of explosives to unearth new formidable bosses and rewards.

Additionally, Path of Exile: Expedition brings powerful new options for players to build their characters around by introducing a selection of new gems that cater to a variety of playstyles, as well as a diverse set of 19 new Skill and Support Gems that are designed to provide new options for almost every type of character.

The Path of Exile: Expedition expansion also significantly rebalances several game systems to make gameplay more challenging, as well as rework the flask system to provide players with more flexibility.

Grinding Gear Games also unveiled a revamped version of the popular mode, Path of Exile: Royale, with a slew of new improvements. This mode has a separate game balance from the core Path of Exile experience and introduces a new Royale-specific passive skill tree, low-level versions of many skill gems and unique endgame items made with the game mode in mind. Fans who experienced the original Royale mode in 2018 will notice additional improvements, including a better spectator mode, leaderboards, improved terrain, interface upgrades, flask-refreshing troves and more. 

Path of Exile: Royale is available for 48 hours starting at the conclusion of Grinding Gear Games’ livestream and will then be available on weekends throughout the length of the Expedition League.

To learn more about the updates coming in Path of Exile: Expedition, check out a VOD of the Twitch livestream which aired today.

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About Path of Exile

Path of Exile continues to be one of the largest online Action RPGs with continual, massive audience growth. Launches on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well as in China and South Korea have almost tripled the Path of Exile player community since August 2017.

Path of Exile was released in October 2013 to critical acclaim including winning GameSpot’s PC Game of the Year award. Since its launch, Path of Exile has become a global community of over 20 million players including localized versions in English, German, French, Spanish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian, Thai, Brazilian Portuguese and Korean. In 2019, Path of Exile made Steam’s Top Ten “Most Played” game list for the second year in a row. In November 2019, the first Path of Exile fan convention, ExileCon, took place in Auckland, New Zealand. Path of Exile capped off its most successful year by winning a prestigious BAFTA award for Best Evolving Game.

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About Grinding Gear Games

Grinding Gear Games was founded in 2006 and is based in West Auckland, New Zealand. Its team members come from various countries and have a diversity of backgrounds ranging from artificial intelligence and software security to industrial design and professional tournament gaming. After the release of its flagship title, Path of Exile, GGG has been committed to ongoing expansion and new content releases for the critically-acclaimed game. In 2018, Tencent acquired a majority interest in Grinding Gear Games.