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Path of Exile: The Awakening expansion out now

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Path of Exile The Awakening

Path of Exile (opens in new tab) developers Grinding Gear Games are describing their game's free 'The Awakening' expansion as "Path of Exile 2.0.0", an important milestone when it comes to the business of updating games. True to that, the patch notes (opens in new tab) that accompanied The Awakening's awakening yesterday are absolutely mahoossive—if I posted the entire thing here the site would probably crumple under the sheer weight of balancing adjustments and skill tree changes.

Essentially, PoE's big expansion adds a fourth act—set in the mining town of Highgate—to the generously free-to-play action RPG, along with a new jewel system, divination cards, loadsa extra gems and other sundry items, and balancing changes out the wazoo. The following trailer offers a glimpse of all that:

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