Although you'd have to be mad to be jolly about the news of Grinding Gear Games delaying their PlayStation 4 iteration of Path of Exile to 2019, it speaks volumes of the sheer difference in class between Blizzard and Grinding Gear.
I've got to admit though - around half of comedy based routines we pull around the office these days end with the "Well, you all have X, don't you?" punchline, so my first thought was - well, you all have calendars don't you? I know, too easy and Grinding Gear would never pull that sort of thing to begin with, but it sure gave us a chuckle.
Anyway, Grinding Gear wrote that they were hoping and aiming for a December release when they announced Path of Exile for PS4, apologising for any inconvenience this may have caused to their fans. "We underestimated the amount of work it would take to finish the certification process during the busy Christmas period", they wrote.
Grinding Gear haven't been slacking off mind you and the game is likely to be finished in January 2019. Nevertheless, they didn't want to make the same mistake again, so the official ballpark estimate is early February 2019.
"Again, we're very sorry about this. We understand that many PlayStation users were keen to play Betrayal over Christmas and have been eagerly awaiting release date news. We promise that Path of Exile will be awesome on PlayStation 4 when it is released early next year", the post concluded.
With all the dust that's been kicked up over Red Dead Redemption 2 and Dan Houser's much-maligned 100-hour weeks , Grinding Gear's decision is probably for the best. Moreover, they'll be using the added time to "work on game performance/frame rate", as the team feel it can be improved upon.
You may or may not have been aware of the RPG community jokers who've been redirecting users who typed PlayDiablo4.com to Path of Exile's website. Of course, they're not in any way affiliated but Blizzard still intervened for it to be removed . Now it redirects to a Google search of 'phone'.