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 Xbox One, as the PC version launched over a week ago. The game looks stunning on the standard console but even better on the Xbox One X, as it runs at native 4K 60 FPS and features enhanced effects.
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. The expansion also acts as a patch, as it improves balancing and other issues found in the Xbox One version.
There are also ten new gems which behave 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.
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