Back in November, when developer Grinding Gear Games announced Path of Exile 2 as the 4.0 update for its free-to-play hack and slash RPG, it also revealed that a beta for the sequel could land in late 2020.
That is, sadly, no longer the case. The announcement comes after the game's newest league, Harvest, required one additional week of development time. This, alongside "significant schedule delays due to the pandemic" make it impossible for the Path of Exile 2 beta to start later in 2020.
"We have been focusing on keeping our leagues coming out as close to on time as possible, and this does mean some delays for the sequel. We are looking forward to our next announcement about its upcoming content, and we'll keep piling on any technology improvements we can make into the existing Path of Exile client", reads a post on the Path of Exile forum.
Path of Exile 2 Beta No Longer Happening in 2020
Although the Path of Exile 2 beta is no longer in the cards for late 2020, Grinding Gear Games expects the two remaining leagues to drop on time.
"Our plan to mitigate the potential impact of a late December launch is to launch our 3.12 September expansion just 12 weeks after the launch of Harvest. It's a much larger league than Harvest, so we had to begin work on this expansion about a month early. We believe we can successfully launch within this time frame. This would also mean that if everything goes well, our December expansion can also occur earlier and leave more room prior to the holiday period".
Path of Exile 2 will introduce a new 7-act campaign alongside a revamped skill system while running in parallel to the original.
Its story is also set 20 years after the events of the first game, promising a major shake-up. For all the details on the upcoming sequel, check out everything we know about Path of Exile 2.
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