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1/28/2019 11:51:04 PM

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Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath, the expansion with "six acts and a whole lot of deicide," will be out on August 4, developer Grinding Gear Games announced today. The expansion will double the size of the current game and adds a new "Pantheon character customization system that lets players wield the power of the Gods themselves."

This was a hell of an introduction to Path of Exile, but according to lead programmer Jonathan Rogers, Avarius is something like the fifth or sixth most impressive and elaborate boss of The Fall of Oriath, Path of Exile's new expansion. There are 24 new boss battles, and most of them are gods, which ties into the expansion's biggest gameplay addition, the Pantheon system. Put simply, as you slay your way through the gods and demigods of Path of Exile, you'll earn a new buff from each that can be equipped in the new Pantheon menu. It's essentially a mural of all the gods you've murdered in The Fall of Oriath.

Initially, the fifth act served as the final chapter of the game, and then you would have to play through the entire game again in New Game Plus mode or try your hand at the Atlas of Worlds endgame map content. However, the studio didn’t just implement the fifth act within the new expansion. In fact, it added five more chapters, providing a total of ten acts to play for the entire game. Acts I-V will serve as Part 1 of the story and Part 2 will be Acts VI-X. Similar to the first four acts of the game, Part 2 will bring you back to Wraeclast. However, you’ll find that it’s in a different state based on your actions from Part 1. Some areas will be familiar to veterans, but most of Wraeclast in Part 2 will be novel to old and new players alike. You’ll also encounter new monsters and bosses within the island. According to CEO Chris Wilson, you can expect more than 50% of Part 2 to be new content. Buy Cheap POE Currency Trading from gain a 3% discount by using the code “5MMO”.

Not only does the update add a fifth act, in which you return to Oriath where your character originally comes from, but the structure afterwards also saw some changes. Five new acts replace the cruel and merciless difficulty versions of acts, and while some of the general areas and important locations are used, there are a lot of new areas that you will have to explore. Rather than playing through the story three times, you’re going from start to finish once.

After that, players will be sent into Part Two. Replacing the ‘Cruel’ and ‘Merciless’ difficulty levels, Part Two revisits the five acts to see how they’ve changed since you first swept through. They’ll visit some new parts of the lands, while some familiar areas will be changed by what you did. Another big feature of the expansion is the ‘Pantheon’ system, which lets players beat up gods to earn godlike powers. Nice. And obviously Fall of Oriath also adds new enemies, items, skills, and all that other action-RPG stuff.