Path of Exile has been the best ARPG on the market for years now—Diablo 4 didn’t even scratch the paint for me (largely because Blizzard built an MMO instead)—but when Grinding Gear Games announced Path of Exile 2 in 2019, I was a little nervous. Live service games with periodic updates have a spotty record with sequels, and often end up cannibalizing their predecessors—like Destiny and Overwatch.

At ExileCon a couple weeks ago, my fears were assuaged. Instead of replacing Path of Exile as originally planned, Path of Exile 2 will be a standalone sequel that will run concurrently with the original. And it’s huge, with a new campaign, new character classes and ascendancies, and a new endgame, the works. If you’re wondering what will happen to your impressive collection of portal skins and stash tabs, worry not—all microtransactions you purchase will be carried over to both games, with exceptions for things that don’t exist in both games. Each game will receive content updates about every three months, so if you wanna play both games you’ll definitely have your hands full.

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