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How Path of Exile turned into a Battle Royale game for one day

Published: 11:25, 02 April 2018
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Path of Exile Battle Royale Mode for April Fools

For April Fools, Path of Exile decided to turn into a battle royale game, with 100 players battling on an island in the sea. It took Grinding Gear Games one whole day of development to make the switch to battle royale. It's a joke, right?

Path of Exile has been on a much more successful path than some of it's ARPG counterparts. Some people even praise it as the one true ARPG worth playing. For April Fools, it turned into a battle royale much like Fortnite or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. It took Grinding Gear Games one day of development to get the update done.

The Battle Royale mode is no longer existing content for Path of Exile, so reader beware.

Despite the game's popularity, it is questionable whether the game-mode gathered enough traction for the developers to actually think about it as a real opportunity. Standard rules applied, the player spawns on an island and goes to find some equipment and spells, then faces off against other players and other PvE encounters. 

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Another thing the players had to watch out for was the closing circle of red walls. This equates to The Storm in Fortnite or the Blue Zone in PUBG. It's the same principles applied to an ARPG.

Fighting against 99 other players wasn't as easy as it might be in other battle royale games because of the spell and equipment systems. It was only a matter of time for players to find the most powerful build. Given enough time players would break it somehow, no doubt.

If Grinding Gear Games put a bit more effort and thought into it, they could probably pull it off. It's not hard for the battle royale genre to succeed nowadays considering it's popularity.

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Path of Exile is an action role-playing game much alike Blizzard's Diablo series. It is free to play on Steam so if you feel like grinding out for the next milennium in order to get that one good shoulder item, you might find some interest in Path of Exile, despite not having the Battle Royale mode any longer.

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