Since Grinding Gear Games, the game developer of Path of Exile, decided to postpone the release plan of the POE 3.13 expansion aimed at giving way to CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077, which will be released next month, there has been an uproar on the Internet. Many netizens expressed disapproval and incomprehension of GGG’s move, not to mention POE gamers. They have used a unique mechanism to earn enough POE Currency in the POE Heist League and are waiting for the 3.13 expansion, but now that dream is shattered.
Now that the voices against this move on the Internet are getting louder and louder, if the leaders of GGG do not come out to respond, the situation will become uncontrollable and may even affect the development of Path of Exile. Recently, the hostility from netizens directly forced GGG president Chris Wilson to explain in more detail the reasons behind this decision. He said that he made this decision based on previous lessons learned from the classic versions of “Wilde Alliance” and “World of Warcraft”. In the past, if the release dates of the two games were too close, it would have a great negative impact on both sides, and the beneficial impact would be almost negligible.
Judging from the evil influence they caused at the beginning, it is undoubtedly a disaster, because players who miss the start of the league will often skip the league altogether, or if they eventually join the league, they will not play so intensely. Players can confirm some of them by checking the number of Steam players who used Steam when the league started POE in September 2019 and checking that their enthusiasm is much lower than other releases.
It was mainly for this reason that GGG made such a decision. Even if the game team releases the POE 3.13 expansion as scheduled, both players and game developers will not get very good market feedback when they are facing difficulties. It will not only cause an enormous loss of the player community but also affect the revenue of the game company. So they have released the 3.13 extension on January 15 next year. Given this situation, this may be the best choice they can make at the moment. Players have to believe that the leadership will make the most correct determination, as always. For now, it is a top priority for novice players to Buy POE Items to stabilize their development.