Grinding Gear has detailed the content players can expect from Path of Exile's next patch, which focuses on multiplayer matches and challenges.
Patch 1.3.0 adds the Bloodlines and Torment challenge leagues, which both provide unpleasant new enemies for players to battle in order to earn more rewards and trinkets.
Bloodlines "revolves around groups of monsters with synergistic powers", according to Grinding Gear, so you'll need to work out how to remove each enemy's powers un turn - the developers give the example of one group of monsters being invulnerable when they're near fallen colleagues. Torment, meanwhile, is all about spirit possession, with ghostly foes that "imbue nearby monsters with dangerous powers" increasing their difficulty but improving the treasure you'll earn from vanquishing them.
PVP is also getting a major overhaul, with several different types of competitive tournaments, a new ranked season, and an option to create blank level 28 characters that are only available in PVP.
"A major focus of this Content Update is to overhaul Path of Exile's PvP systems and introduce formal competitive events," writes the developer. "As we've learned from our successful racing scene, having prizes and news coverage of competitive play is critical. In addition to introducing seasons of tournaments, we've performed a lot of PvP-specific rebalancing that doesn't affect the regular game. New UI improvements include an Events Screen that shows upcoming events (including PvP tournaments) in the game client."
Check outfor more information on Patch 1.3.0, which is due out December 12.