Path of Exile 3.13 Update Delayed Due to Cyberpunk 2077 Delay; Dev States They Don’t Want to Make Players Choose

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Grinding Gear Games have announced a delay in Path of Exile’s next major update, so as not to clash with the thrice delayed Cyberpunk 2077.

CD Projekt Red announced yet another delay for Cyberpunk 2077, pushing it back to December 10th on Windows PC (via GOG, and Steam), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Google Stadia. The reason was stated as “undercalculating” the time spent improving the game via a Day 0 patch, along with preparing the game for multiple platforms while working from home.

This delay has caused other effects, including for Path of Exile (free to play on Windows PC [via Steam], PlayStation 4, and Xbox One). Grinding Gear Games explained in their statement that due to their renewed efforts and new methodology for developing the 3.13 update, it will need to be delayed so players do not have to choose between the two games.

“We do not want to put our players in a position of having to choose between these two games, so we have decided to step out of the way and delay the release of Path of Exile 3.13 until January.

We still expect to finish 3.13 by early/mid-December. The scope of this expansion will remain unchanged. During the month of delay before release, we will start work on the 3.14 expansion.

So that you still have some interesting Path of Exile stuff to play over the Christmas/New Year break, we’re planning to run at least one multi-week event (for example, Flashback). We’ll confirm details of these event(s) once we have put together a plan.”

While the delay will not affect the development schedule, it will cause rescheduling for the release schedule planned for 2021. More details will be announced on that when 3.13 is announced. “In the meantime,” Grinding Gear Games state, “let’s all get out our Albino Rhoa Feathers and pray to Kuduku that they don’t delay again.”

Other gaming companies have been affected by the delay of Cyberpunk 2077 as well. Arc System Works tweeted a parody of the now infamous yellow screen used for announcing the game’s delays. However, they would delete the tweet and apologize. “We are deeply sorry to our fans and peers in the game development industry for any harm it has caused.”

You can find a rundown of Path of Exile (via Steam) below:

You are an Exile, struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast, as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world. With a focus on visceral action combat, powerful items and deep character customization, Path of Exile is completely free and will never be pay-to-win.

Key Features

  • Freedom. Power. Revenge.
    Banished for your misdeeds to the dark, brutal world of Wraeclast, you play as the Duelist, Witch, Ranger, Templar, Marauder, Shadow or the Scion class. From forsaken shores through to the ruined city of Sarn, explore Wraeclast and uncover the ancient secrets waiting for you.
  • Unlimited Character Customization
    Create and customize hundreds of unique skill combinations from tradable itemized gems and our gigantic passive skill tree. Combine skill gems, support gems and trigger gems to create your own unique combination of power, defense and destruction.
  • Deadly Missions
    The Forsaken Masters each have their own style of mission and each of these missions has many variations. As you explore deeper into Wraeclast, the pool of available variations increases to challenge you in new ways. All of the Missions and their variations can occur anywhere in the game, including within end-game Maps.
  • Dressed to Kill
    Path of Exile is all about items. Find, collect and trade magic, rare and unique items with arcane properties, then customize your character build around the deadliest combinations you possess.
  • Brutal Competitive Play
    Battle in PvP tournaments seasons and Capture the Flag events for worldwide recognition. Compete in Daily Leagues and Race Events that run as separate game worlds with their own ladders and economies to win valuable prizes.
  • Customise Your Hideout
    ​In their extensive travels throughout Wraeclast, the Forsaken Masters have discovered ideal locations for an Exile to use as their own secret Hideout. Once you’ve earned a Master’s trust, you may be taken to a Hideout, where you can create your own personalised town. Masters residing in your Hideout offer you daily Missions and train you in advanced crafting options. Use your Hideout as a quiet place to craft after battle, or expand it and use it as a personalised Guild Hall with hundreds of decorations.
  • Fair-To-Play. Never Pay-To-Win.
    We’re committed to creating a fair playing field for all players. You cannot gain gameplay advantage by spending real money in Path of Exile.

Image: Steam

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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