Path of Exile: Heist – Announced

Path of Exile: Heist – Announced

Grinding Gear Games announced today that Path of Exile’s third major expansion in 2020, Heist, will launch September 18 (PDT) on PC and Mac, and September 23 (PDT) on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Consoles. In Heist, players will hire a crew of specialized thieves to assist them with infiltrating secure facilities to retrieve valuable Artifacts. While bypassing security, they must be careful not to trigger the alarm or they’ll be overrun with guards. Retrieving the artifact will automatically trigger the alarm and players will have to make a mad dash to the extraction point. If they can’t escape, they’ll lose everything they stole.

The experience of knowing exactly what rewards you’ll lose if you can’t successfully complete the Heist is a new type of game tension we’re excited to explore. It’s all about the rush of the escape.” – Mark, Path of Exile Game Director.

Successfully completing Heists lays the groundwork for a thief’s ultimate goal – pulling off a Grand Heist. You’ll need to gather wealth and intel to reveal the Blueprints of sprawling facilities where the Grand Heist will take place. To make sure it proceeds without a hitch, you’ll masterfully plan which crew members to take with you and ensure they’re both well-trained and equipped for the job. Grand Heists provide access to many tempting new rewards like Alternate Quality Gems which enable more build variety, Weapon and Body Armor Enchantments which provide more power, Replica Uniques which are mutated remakes of classic items, and Thieves’ Trinkets which give you more control over your rewards.

“Heist explores some concepts that we have always wanted to try in Path of Exile,” said Chris Wilson, Grinding Gear Games Co-Founder and Managing Director. “With new guard formation and patrol AI, low-level equivalents to end-game maps, equippable hireling NPCs, and the chance of losing your rewards if you can’t escape with them, this league explores some corners of Path of Exile’s design philosophy that we had not yet entered.”

Path of Exile: Heist Key Features Include:

Download and play for free but never pay-to-win.
The Heist Challenge League
13 new active NPCs which have rich backstories, advanceable skills, and can be equipped with new craftable items.
A new town-like area, The Rogue Harbour.
Itemized world-areas that contain Heists and can be accessed from the outset of your character progress.

New Item Types: Alternate Quality Gems, Replica Unique Items, Thief’s Trinkets, Experimented Base Types, Body Armour and Weapon Enchants.
Seven new skills alongside reworks to existing Curses, Spells and Steel Skills.
Over 25 New Unique Items.
A new equipment slot for Trinkets.
Now available on macOS.

Heist is one of Grinding Gear Game’s most ambitious expansions yet. Development initially began in March before New Zealand experienced a mandatory government-issued lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to the enormous scope of the expansion and the challenges of working from home, Heist’s release date was moved to September, with the smaller Harvest league released in June. Ironically, several key weeks of Heist’s development continued in lockdown after restrictions returned to New Zealand in August. Continuing to pull off a 13-week development cycle with a project as significant as Heist under working from home conditions was a challenge but well worth it.

Path of Exile continues to be one of the largest online Action RPGs with continual, massive audience growth. Launches on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well as in China and South Korea have almost tripled the Path of Exile player community since

Path of Exile was released in October 2013 to critical acclaim including winning GameSpot’s PC Game of the Year award. Since its launch, Path of Exile has become a global community of over 20 million players including localized versions in English, German, French, Spanish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian, Thai, Brazilian Portuguese and Korean. In 2019, Path of Exile made Steam’s Top Ten “Most Played” game list for the second year in a row. In November 2019, the first Path of Exile fan convention, ExileCon, took place in Auckland, New Zealand. Path of Exile capped off its most successful year in existence by winning a prestigious BAFTA award for Best Evolving Game.

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