Path of Exile 2, which was announced last year to be potentially releasing its beta later this year, has had its beta delayed until 2021. This delay is due to COVID-19, which has made work harder for pretty much everyone around the world.
While this is pretty lame news, Bex_GGG of Grinding Gear Games went into some detail about why the beta would be delayed. With the Harvest Expansion released a week after originally planned, there's no way that they can maintain their 13-week pace of releasing an expansion this year (with two of four already released) and also release the Path of Exile 2 beta as well:
When we announced Path of Exile 2 last year, we mentioned that the earliest an early Beta could occur might be late 2020. This is definitely not happening this year, due to significant schedule delays due to the pandemic. We have been focusing on keeping our leagues coming out as close to on time as possible, and this does mean some delays for the sequel. We are looking forward to our next announcement about its upcoming content, and we'll keep piling on any technology improvements we can make into the existing Path of Exile client.
The macOS port is still on track for release, which will be using Vulkan. This has been working out because PC release of Vulkan has allowed GGG to get the testing required to release the macOS version in time.
If you have never gotten around to trying Path of Exile, give it a shot through Steam. It's still extremely popular for a reason, and if you like ARPG's at all it's a fairly safe gamble, especially when considering it's F2P.
What do you think of this news? Have you tried Path of Exile? Have you been playing since its original beta? Let us know in the comments!