CD Projekt Red's sudden decision to move Cyberpunk 2077 release date up caused ripples in the gaming world and Path of Exile suffered consequences as the next big update got postponed.
Cyberpunk 2077's new, and hopefully final, release date is set for December 10, 2020. Grinding Gear Games originally planned to release update 3.13 for Path of Exile on December 11, putting it just one day away from CDPR's giant. However, GGG decided to postpone their own release to get out of CP2077's way.
Considering Path of Exile is free to play, it's hard to imagine this would cause players dips for either game since they wouldn't have to choose which one to buy. On the flip side, both will be time-consuming which is where the conflict would arise.
As it stands now, Path of Exile 3.13 will be released in January 2021 but that will not have any impact on the development cycle as GGG are expecting it to conclude by early to mid-December 2020.
Furthermore, the scope of the expansion will not be altered and the work on 3.14 will begin during December . However, since the players will not get new content, the devs are planning to kick off at least one multi-week event, with Flashback cited as an example candidate.
Everything looks good on Path of Exile's front for the time being, but the devs are hoping there would be no more delays. If they hadn't promised to start working on 3.14, one could think they are planning a collective vacation so they can play CP2077 in peace.
With the amount of free content GGG keep churning out, who could even blame them for wanting some time off?