On Sept. 18, gamers can dive into the latest Path of Exile League (the sport’s model of a season). Called Heist, the brand new addition permits gamers to thieve their means via tough strongholds, and reward themselves with some distinctive gadgets.
In Heist, gamers can enter a brand new space known as the Rogue Harbour. Here, gamers can meet up with totally different thieves, rent them for his or her crew, and put together blueprints for brand new jobs.
When gamers battle monsters on the planet of Path of Exile, they’ll come throughout Markers — a brand new foreign money — and Contracts. Consuming a Marker sends gamers to Rogue Harbour, the place they will signal Rogue thieves onto their Contract. Each Contract takes gamers to a special facility, the place they’ll work alongside their employed Rogues to steal the treasure.
During a Heist, gamers want to concentrate to an Alert meter on their display. Make an excessive amount of commotion, and the guards will lock down the treasure. While gamers can discover and plunder treasure rooms inside a heist, the Artifact is the first purpose. If gamers could make it to the Artifact earlier than alerting the guards, they will steal it. But as soon as they decide up the Artifact, the guards spring into motion. If gamers handle to flee, they’ll hold their loot. But loss of life means leaving all that onerous work behind.
As gamers acquire Artifacts, they will promote it to the fence in Rogue Harbour, selecting up extra Marks and making their means towards a Grand Heist. Grand Heists are much more complicated, require extra assist from Rogues, and supply even better rewards.
At the tip of every Grand Heist, gamers can decide from 5 distinctive rewards. Some of those tantalizing new gadgets embody new methods, like Replica Unique Items and Alternate Quality gems — each new additions to Path of Exile.
Replica Unique Items take 100 Unique Items (Path of Exile’s Legendaries) and make slight tweaks. Instead of a bow that often scales off of dexterity, the Replica model of the bow may scale off energy. These small tweaks drastically alter the weapon’s use instances, and may boost the Path of Exile meta for just a few months.
Alternate Quality Gems supply the same thought for expertise. Instead of the same old gem high quality — which will increase a selected side within the talent — Alternate Quality Gems take the identical talent however improve a special side. One instance that developer Grinding Gear Games gave us was for a gem the place high quality usually will increase crucial strike probability. The Alternate Quality model will increase uncooked assault harm as an alternative.
These rewards are distinctive to Heists, and just one participant can get one merchandise from the Grand Heist. In co-op Grand Heists, solely the participant who put up the contract can decide up an Alternate Quality Gem or Replica Unique Item — nevertheless, they will commerce any of those to a good friend, and pals can loot treasure rooms inside Heists. Grinding Gear Games expects a sort of tit-for-tat strategy to co-op — a thematically applicable “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” strategy to alternating heists.
Heist additionally introduces the primary new gear slot in Path of Exile historical past: the trinket. For Heist, the trinket slot solely improves numerous Heist-related mechanics. But in response to Grinding Gear Games, the studio needs to make use of Heist as a sort of testing floor for trinkets. If gamers take pleasure in the brand new mechanic, it might come to the sport as a everlasting fixture within the close to future.
As at all times, the Heist replace comes with extra high quality of life options for the remainder of Path of Exile. Grinding Gear Games improved among the sport’s Curses, and numerous elements of Steel spells.
With Heist, Path of Exile additionally positive factors Mac OS assist. Players received’t want to begin over on Mac, and may use their Path of Exile account to leap between the 2 variations of the sport, sustaining their progress wherever they play.
Heist involves Path of Exile on Sept. 18 for Windows computer and Mac, with the console replace coming just a few days afterward Sept. 23.