Grinding Gear Games have revealed that the launch of Path of Exile: Betrayal saw 188,970 people hop in to play the game, 123,565 of whom came from Steam, which is a 28 per cent improvement compared to the game's previous launch record.
That's not all Grinding Gear broke though, as the population influx strained Path of Exile's servers somewhat fierce. The first few hours were especially troublesome, with a bunch of players kicked and/or queued while trying to get a taste of Betrayal.
Grinding Gear had the ailing server hamster patched up in no time though and players were left to enjoy a smooth Path of Exile: Betrayal experience. In fact, the company called it one of their "smoothest" launches ever, even more so when considering the sharp increase in players.
Path of Exile's developer doesn't plan on stopping there and they already announced going for the next record. Note, however, that this will have to wait a bit as Grinding Gear are heading for a traditionally slow holiday season.
"Over the coming week, we'll prioritise post-launch issues as they come in, alongside the development of 3.6.0 which will be released in March. In New Zealand it's common for people to take a few weeks of summer holiday around Christmas/New Year, so we'll be running a skeleton crew for the end of December and early January", the company wrote.
Grinding Gear thanked their players, both occasional and concurrent, for all their support. They extended the thanks to own employees who took part in crafting Betrayal, commending their attention to detail and the ability to deliver a "massive expansion" in a very short time frame, all the while maintaining admirable quality standards.
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And admirable they are, and then some if fans are to be believed, delivering not only the largest but the most notable Path of Exile update in 2018 for sure. New mechanics, rewards, content, League restructuring and a bunch more better keep you warm through the holidays though and it's fair to assume no major changes until February, at the earliest.