Today, Grinding Gear Games released a new expansion for Path of Exile called War for the Atlas. War for the Atlas is available now on PC, with an Xbox One version launching later in December. We don't have a concrete release date for the Xbox One version as of now. The game looks stunning on the standard console but even better on the Xbox One X as it runs at native 4K 60 FPS.
Path of Exile's lore is complicated but this new chapter focuses on the war between two powerful beings known as The Shaper and The Elder. If you've experienced the base game, you may remember references to the conflict and characters. The expansion adds numerous missions and dungeons so expect dozens of hours of additional gameplay. What's most impressive is that War for the Atlas introduces over thirty new maps with a lot of endgame items.
There are also ten new gems which act somewhat like active and passive skills. Changing existing ones and finding new combinations radically alters your attacks. While other role-playing games require you to swap out skills, Path of Exile requires you to swap out gems. The expansion also adds the Abyss Challenge League where players can earn mysterious items called Abyss Jewels by fighting enemies erupting from below. Abyss Jewels can be used to further upgrade your character and items in unique ways. There's a lot more content here so be sure to check out the expansion if you play Path of Exile.
Update 12/16/17: Grinding Gear Games today announced that Path of Exile: War for the Atlas is coming to Xbox One on December 18, 2017.
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