In the last decade, we have seen several games make it to the digital shelves thanks to the power of a Kickstarter campaign. Games like Wasteland, Pillars of Eternity and Ty the Tasmanian Tiger HD all have strong kickstarters to thank. However, arguably the most noteworthy crowdfunding-made game of the bunch is Path of Exile, a nineties style RPG which done its part to galvanise the genre and usher in a wave of turn-based RPG’s in its wake.
However, it seems that the sequel to this title which was set for a 2021 release will be more likely to release in 2022. This news comes off the back of an interview with lead developer Chris Wilson who told PC Gamer, that COVID-19 was a major factor in the decision to delay the project and that the pandemic made hiring staff and developing the title very difficult. Here is the full statement below:
“I hate to blame COVID for stuff, but that is a big part of it at the moment,”
“We have had difficulty hiring internationally because the borders to New Zealand are closed, so that has curtailed the exponential growth of our asset creation team a little bit.”
“The progress of development hasn’t been as fast as we wanted, and so our goal is to bash as hard as we can during 2021 on Path of Exile 2 stuff and see how much headway we make. Trying to get as much done as possible, and that’ll give us a better idea of a good release date we can estimate, which should be towards the end of the year.”
We can only assume that with this delay in the project that this means the initially proposed beta for late 2020 will be pushed back as well. While it is a disappointing turn of events for all fans of the series, we are sure that fans would rather have a game that is competently made and not rushed. We need only mention Cyberpunk 2077 to showcase what can happen if games are released before their time.
Despite this news, there is always the option to play the original title while you wait. This title released on PC in 2013 as a free to play title before moving to the Xbox One in 2017 and the PlayStation 4 in 2019. Be sure to get acquainted with this title before the proposed 2022 sequel comes around.
So that’s our news regarding Path of Exile 2’s delay. What do you make of the news? Do you think that this is a mistake? Would you prefer to see developers take their time on projects? Do you think this title will live up to expectations? Let us know in the comments section below. Plus, if you liked this, then why not check out our PC gaming showcase. Or perhaps our news regarding Microsofts proposed takeover of Nintendo.