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Path of Exile: The Awakening launches today, introduces Act IV and "extensive" UI improvements

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The 'game-changer' expansion for MMO Path of Exile launches today and with it comes more story with Act IV, as players can now "venture into the center of corruption itself" and ask nicely if it'd stop being such a jerk.

This expansion touches on practically everything, and that includes all-new gear, new skill gems, a socketable passive tree, big improvements to the UI, and of course whole new areas and monsters to slay.

Path of Exile expansion The Awakening drops on July 10

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Grinding Gear Games has announced that The Awakening, the biggest expansion yet for its free-to-play hack and slasher Path of Exile, will be released on Friday, July 10, after a relatively brief Beta testing period.

The expansion adds an Act Four storyline, wrapping up the game's main plot, as well as "new areas, monsters, six boss fights, five previously unannounced skills, 13 end-game maps, two challenge leagues and a climactic multi-stage encounter with Path of Exile's new end boss!" Crikey, that should keep you occupied for a while.

Supporter Packs revealed for Path of Exile: The Awakening

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Grinding Gear Games has announced several Supporter Packs for its upcoming expansion Path of Exile: The Awakening, offering various bits and pieces of extra content, plus access to the forthcoming closed beta.

The studio raised $2.5 million through Supporter Packs for Path of Exile itself, so it's no surprise to see them brought back. They range from the reasonable ($30), to the insane ($1,100), with the most expensive 'Highgate' tier offering you the chance to design a Divination Card.

Path of Exile: The Awakening expansion set to move into closed beta this month

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Closed beta testing for Path of Exile's next expansion, The Awakening will begin within seven days, according to a countdown timer on the official website.

Developer Grinding Gear has previously revealed that they'll be starting with a smaller beta population, and will then gradually ramp it up over a six week period. So don't worry too much if you're not in the initial batch of testers.

Path of Exile's PVP update 1.3.0 is now live

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Grinding Gear has updated its gory hack and slasher Path of Exile with Content Update 1.3.0, a PVP-focused update that adds two new Challenge Leagues, competitive tournaments, PVP-only characters and more.

The studio has also set up a new Twitch account, and you can head there to see some of the development team taking the new PVP content for a spin.

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