Grinding Gear Games have announced fresh details for Path of Exile's latest free expansion and Expedition, which launches on July 23 for PC. The devs also confirmed the return of April Fool's Battle Royale mode.
Path of Exile: Expedition is officially launching on July 23 on PC and macOS, and on July 28th for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. During the live stream, Grinding Gear Games Co-founder, Chris Wilson, revealed that the 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.
Path of Exile: Expedition breakdown
In Path of Exile: Expedition, players encounter the Kalguur, who have travelled to Wraeclast to follow in the footsteps of their ancient settlers and to retrieve their lost artefacts.
Players have to retrieve these artefacts 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 artefacts.
These artefacts 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 expansion also brings new options for players to build their characters around by adding 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 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.
April Fool's Battle Royale mode is back
Last but not least, Grinding Gear Games 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. Those who played the mode in 2018 should notice additional improvements, including a better spectator mode, leaderboards, improved terrain, interface upgrades, flask-refreshing troves and more.