Developer Grinding Gear Video games held a brand new presentation displaying its newest enlargement content material for free-to-play motion RPG Path of Exile. Hosted by Chris Wilson, the video introduces Lake of Kalandra, which releases without cost on PC and Mac on August 19, 2022, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 24, 2022.
Earlier than entering into the enlargement’s content material, Chris Wilson revealed that the ExileCon conference, which beforehand ran in 2019, will return in 2023. ExileCon 2023 will happen in Auckland, New Zealand on July 29-30, 2023. The occasion is deliberate to incorporate the announcement of the beta begin date for Path of Exile 2, in addition to the reveal of quite a few different particulars in regards to the recreation. The primary tickets will go on sale on August 25, 2022.
The primary new content material in Lake of Kalandra is the Kalandra Problem League. Its story delves into the character of Kalandra, who gamers have beforehand come throughout by means of her mirror that duplicates gadgets. The league takes gamers to the mirrored lake the place Kalandra gained her powers and which displays encounters from throughout Wraeclast on gamers, together with these of different expansions and leagues.
All through the league, gamers will encounter columns with a mirrored pill on high. This lets gamers create their very own set of encounters by deciding on and putting a selection of encounters in no matter format they select. As soon as each location is crammed, gamers can open a portal to the Lake of Kalandra, the place they run by means of the sequence reflections. As gamers advance from their beginning spot, every encounter will get tougher, which in flip will increase the reward. Gamers can discover methods to alter the beginning location, reflections, and tiles on the pill to assist generate larger challenges and rewards. As soon as gamers attain the end-game maps content material, gamers will be capable of itemise their tablets, letting them be saved for later use or traded with different gamers.
There are quite a few rewards from the Lake of Kalandra content material. Any encounter that’s generated from a previous league will grant the rewards from that league however with additional bonuses. Sure encounters additionally grant new unique uncommon gadgets by means of reflecting mist. These generate a uncommon ring or amulet with uncommon mods — some optimistic, some unfavorable — in addition to a reproduction model with the other optimistic and unfavorable mods. Gamers can solely choose one of many two choices to maintain. As well as, essentially the most tough encounters will let gamers use their very own ring or amulet within the course of, creating distorted and mirrored variations that may scale up or negate sure mods.
The enlargement may also embody some adjustments to Path of Exile’s end-game content material within the type of Atlas Reminiscences, which might be a part of the core recreation. A uncommon Reminiscence merchandise could be present in map content material, representing recollections of explicit Path of Exile NPCs throughout their map explorations. Gamers can use these recollections to participate in these encounters themselves. Examples embody Kirac coming throughout a staging floor for a Harbinger invasion or Niko discovering a set of maps consumed by Breaches.
Reminiscence gadgets could be applies to any accomplished map on the Atlas, which marks out a sequence of maps overlaying the reminiscence. Speaking to that NPC will unlock the reminiscence, with them giving the participant the suitable map merchandise within the sequence without cost. These maps could be modified like different maps, however usually are not affected by the participant’s Atlas tree. Every map within the sequence will get progressive tougher with greater rewards. Lake of Kalandra may also embody a brand new distinctive map that options the return of the Ultimatum enlargement’s The Trialmaster.
Lastly, Lake of Kalandra will see one other batch of recent gadgets and steadiness changes. The enlargement will add fourteen new gadgets, in addition to three new talent gems and a brand new assist gem. It can additionally embody a rebalance of over 100 of the present recreation’s 700+ distinctive gadgets, with a normal discount in drop fee however improve in energy. The enlargement may also characteristic reworks of three previous enlargement content material: Archnemesis, Past, and Harvest.