So the newest expansion for Path of Exile has launched, and POE fans seem to love it. Grinding Gear Games has announced some more details about the League launch, both on PC and Xbox One. The launch numbers were actually really high in terms of player numbers. Peak player concurrency was 176,700, making it the second-largest Path of Exile expansion launch ever. This launch comes in behind Betrayal League by about 7%, which is to be expected due to the massive boon that the Diablo Immortal fiasco was for POE’s awareness. I’ve noticed this dip in player numbers in my own traffic to this site, so I expected a fair bit of a drop compared to the incredibly popular Betrayal launch.
In terms of the future of Synthesis, GGG will continue to push out hotfixes for bugs and to polish the mechanics over the next three months. The company also plans to launch the expansion on the Xbox One soon. Speaking of Xbox One, GGG has revealed the release date for the new expansion on the console. Synthesis will debut to Xbox One on March 11, 2019 5:00 PM or at 3pm March 11th (PST). Downtime will begin for deployment at Mar 11, 2019 3:00 PM.
One bit of bad news though. Players will need to completely download Path of Exile with the launch of this expansion. This is because GGG has implemented a new file structure which will save space on future updates. Due to hardware limitations on the Xbox One, the developer will have to temporarily disable Betrayal content on the platform too.
Along with those other announcements, GGG has announced that they will be introducing the Unique Collection Tab, ExileCon ticket sales and the Glimmerwood Mystery Box later this week. As someone who hoards Unique items in Standard, I’m particularly interested in that new Unique Collection tab, and it may be an instant buy for me. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens with that.
If you’re looking to get into Synthesis League, we’ve got a beginner’s guide for the expansion which can help you out with getting used to the new league mechanics. If you’re looking for Synthesis League starter builds to play, we’ve got that too.
To top everything off, GGG also released a new exclusive MTX, the Brimmed Hat, a trailer for which can be seen below.
Path of Exile is out now for PC and Xbox One, and is coming sometime soon for PS4. No firm release date for the PS4 version yet though.