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Path of Exile to Launch Later This Month – ‘Scion’ Class Announced

New Zealand based Grinding Gear Games’ long in development online action-RPG, Path of Exile; which has been in open beta for nearly a year, finally has a release date. The Diablo-esque, free-to-play game will launch on the 23rd of October.

Path of Exile will launch later this month with a new update that adds six Trigger Gems, three Skill Gems and a brand new playable character class; the Scion – the daughter of a nobleman exiled to the forsaken continent of Wraeclast for having killed her husband.

The ‘Scion character; dubbed a ‘prestige’ class, will only be available to players after they’ve completed the game once.

While speaking with ShackNews, Path of Exile’s lead designer Chris Wilson said this was due to the fact that the Scion class requires a certain amount of experience in order to be mastered. Therefore they didn’t want players to be able to choose her right from the start.

Wilson also provided reassurance regarding future updates containing more story-related content. Grinding Gear Games intends to support the game for the next several years and has a long roadmap planned for future content releases. Free expansions to the game were also announced earlier, along with tons of periodic content upgrades.

The hack-n’-slash RPG; with the addition of the prestige class, now has seven playable classes and three storied ‘Acts’, with more content on its way. Eager gamers who’ve refrained from giving Path of Exile a try during the two beta phases can finally dive in into the dark, twisted land of Wraeclast.