It really is April Fools’ Day, so never trust anything you study. Most developers will make a throwaway announcement that should make you double take, chuckle to get a handful of seconds, after which move on, but Grinding Gear Games has gone the entire hog and temporarily transformed its free-to-play action RPG Path of Exile(buy Path of Exile Items) into a 100-player battle royale game. Seriously.
“Based on community feedback, we are announcing that we have abandoned the action RPG genre to focus on what players seriously want. Path of Exile is being replaced by Path of Exile: Royale, a 100-person free-for-all battle royale game,” it stated on its site. It claims that it only took one day of development to make the switch.
Once more, this really is legit: my game is updating on Steam as I sort this. It’ll rename itself inside your library and you’ll be able to jump straight into a round. Just like in other battle royale games, there’s an ever-shrinking red zone to avoid (the direction in the zone’s centre is shown in your character’s feet), but the Path of Exile-twist is that you will need to fight computer-controlled monsters as well as other players. Final a single standing gets PoE Items a Rhoa Dinner.
Presumably, it’ll switch back on Monday. But what if the player count skyrockets (no sign of that yet, but it really is still early)? Will Grinding Gear keep it in as a separate game mode? Surely that has to be in the back in the team’s minds. For now, it appears like a enjoyable alter of pace from the regular game, and it might be worth diving in should you possess a spare half hour.