Echoes of the Atlas is the next addition to Path of Exile
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Grinding Gear Games has announced another free expansion pack to Path of Exile, a popular action RPG that uses a free model with micropayments. The expansion is called Echoes of the Atlas and will be released as part of Update 3.13.
On January 15 this year, the expansion will make its debut on PC. Traditionally, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users will have to wait a little longer – these versions will be released on January 20.
The expansion will enrich PoE with eleven new maps. During their exploration, we will meet Maven – a creature from outside the known world, who became interested in our hero’s achievements. We will have to keep her attention as we fight more and more difficult battles. If we satisfy her hunger for sensations, she will share some of her power with us.
During the game, it will be implemented in such a way that Maven will ask you to watch our matches. This will make boss battles more difficult. If we beat three under such conditions, we will be invited to her domain, where we will face them again, but this time against all of them simultaneously. If we succeed, we’ll be challenged to defeat four bosses at once. Each subsequent task will add one such opponent, and when we defeat ten, we will be able to fight the battle with Maven herself.
Completing this creature’s challenges will be rewarded with points that will be spent on unlocking passive skills in new development trees. Players will also be able to create so-called Watchstones, i.e. stones that will affect the achievements found on the maps.
The expansion will also traditionally introduce a new league of challenges. This one will be called the Ritual League and we will activate altars that bring waves of enemies. Each subsequent ritual will bring tougher clashes, but also more valuable rewards. Echoes of the Atlas will also feature new items and balance improvements for character classes.
Finally, it is worth adding that the add-on will use visual elements that were developed with Path of Exile 2 in mind, and the new bosses are to refer to the style of the sequel. In addition, there are indications that Echoes of the Atlas will be the last major expansion to the first installment this year as the authors want to focus on PoE2. “Jedynka” is still to be developed, but the next updates will probably be a little less ambitious.