Grinding Gear Games revealed tons of details about the upcoming Scourge expansion during a stream presentation today. Many of the aspects you are likely to expect from most leagues can be seen in full here, including a massive risk / reward system where you fuel your items with demonic corruption.
In fact, you are driving everything here with corruption as you fill your blood pot with the power of your enemies as you move from map to map and choose when to activate your device to plunge the world into an apocalypse and it with so many Demons pick up entities as they can for massive rewards. While you can corrupt and twist all sorts of things for new and terrifying powers, you can also level up your blood pot to have more control over your transformative powers.
As it has become the name of the game in Path of Exile over the years, you can improve and tweak almost anything in this one of the most elaborate “numbers increase” games of recent times. Yes, that means that you can also place cards in the blood pot. Once you are comfortable with the Path of Exile endgame, the Atlas, where you explore numerous maps with rule sets that you can change with a variety of modifiers, just add the new twisted corruption aspects into the map system for even more fun and achieve variability.
As in every league, there are new unique items, items and skills to be discovered. Perhaps much more exciting and significant is that the Atlas adventure has been streamlined and reduced from eight to four, which means that the number of watchstones required has been reduced from 32 to 16, which means an enormous time difference that is required to reach important milestones on your journey to achieve. Atlas’s passive trees have been modified to reflect this. Various Uber encounters are now available for endgame players and Delve (where you go deeper and deeper into the mines) has been completely redesigned for a new experience. Oh, and the passive trees have been redesigned and redesigned. While this happens all the time, this seems like one of the more impactful revisions. So look around carefully before committing to a build for this league / expansion.
Playing with friends will actually get a boost in Scourge as well. While many, due to the nature of the game, choose to tackle the challenges of Path of Exile alone, some new connecting forces might now motivate players to band together for some adventure. While players are connected they enjoy various enhanced boosts, but if one player dies on the connection, all connected players die, so yes there is one more risk / reward element to this feature. It’s always about gambling, right?
There’s a lot more in Path of Exile: Scourge if you’re interested in all of the changes and additions For more information, please visit the official website here.