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Path of Exile's Vaal trailer is like a big pack of fireworks going off at once

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Free-to-play-but-not-shit action RPG Path of Exile has a new "mini-expansion" in the works, and it's coming in a tantalising four days' time. Will it involve clicking on enemies until their skin flies off and that shortsword they swallowed clatters bloodily to the ground? Well duh. Until now we didn't know much more than that (opens in new tab) , but a new trailer should help illuminate matters - literally, thanks to all the exploding spells, exploding guts and other exploding things contained therein. Gaze in wonder at the portentous, thrilling and tetratitted video after the break. [UPDATE: Vaal has been fully detailed (opens in new tab) on the Path of Exile site.]

Flaming skull dudes! Rampant electricity! Exciting music! I think I'm going to need a lie down. Before I do, you should know that Vaal will feature "secret corrupted areas", a couple of new challenge leagues, free-for-all PvP in the new Sarn Arena, and other stuff as detailed in a forum post (opens in new tab) made with red text on a black background. It's like Geocities all over again. That same link suggests that more info will be coming later today, so I'll update this post if and when it does.

Ta, Joystiq (opens in new tab) .

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.