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Path of Exile “War for the Atlas” Expansion Now Available, Totally Revamps Endgame Content

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Grinding Gear Games have released the latest expansion for Path of Exile, the new “War for the Atlas” campaign.

The new expansion brings with it a host of new content that completely revamps the way endgame content works. Players can expect 32 new maps to fight through, each of which featuring its own boss, as well as four challenging Elder Guardians that you’ll have to take down before the final boss: the Elder.

Here’s a rundown on the new expansion, via Grinding Gear Games:


An ancient entity known as The Elder has challenged the Shaper’s control of the Atlas of Worlds. Explore maps ravaged by their conflict.

Key Features:

  • The Elder Guardians
    As The Elder grows more powerful, he will consume The Shaper’s creations to manifest his own Guardians. The stronger the consumed boss, the stronger The Elder is when you face him.
  • 32 New Maps
    The Atlas has been redrawn. Find your way to the centre through new paths and discover new challenges along the way. War for the Atlas adds 32 maps to Path of Exile’s ever-evolving end-game.
  • Shaped and Elder Items
    As you fight in maps the Shaper or Elder control, you may find rare Shaped and Elder items which can be crafted to have powerful properties that don’t normally occur.
  • Ten New Gems
    This expansion introduces ten new Gems including four new Skill Gems and six new Supports. The new skills have a focus on necromancy, while the support gems are designed to augment as many skills as possible in new and interesting ways.
  • New Unique Items
    Path of Exile: War for the Atlas contains over fifty new Unique Items, many of which have been designed by our community.
  • New Supporter Packs
    We’re also launching a new set of Supporter Packs alongside War for the Atlas. They feature the four exclusive armour sets worn by the Elder Guardians, as well as new weapon effects, portals, forum titles, portrait frames, t-shirts and microfibre cloth maps featuring the new Atlas.
  • The Abyss Challenge League
    Path of Exile: War for the Atlas launches on December 8 (Pacific Time) on PC and shortly after on Xbox One. Alongside the expansion, we’re also introducing the Abyss Challenge League. Fight foes that spill forth from the underworld beneath your feet as you journey across Wraeclast. Claim valuable new Abyss Jewels to customise your characters and items in new ways. We’ll post detailed information about how the Abyss Challenge League works next week.

The previous expansion for the game, The Fall of Oriath, is now available – you can read our review for that content here (we highly recommend it, plus it’s free!). You can also find our thorough review for the base game here. Please take a look at various Path of Exile items and such via our sponsor.

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3 comments
  1. Doom Video Vault
    Doom Video Vault
    December 11, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Oh man, I haven’t played PoE in ages. I remember when the start game human enemies you first encounter looked like ragged homeless ladies and gents.

  2. RichardGristle
    RichardGristle
    December 12, 2017 at 3:12 am

    It’s still a great game after all this time. Best ARPG on the market.