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author: Jacob Blazewicz

Path of Exile 2 Beta May be Delayed Due to Coronavirus

Chris Wilson from Grinding Gear Games informed of a possible delay in the launch of PoE 2 beta tests. The reason - problems with third-party devs from China due to the coronavirus threat.

We sincerely hope Path of Exile fans are happy for the announcement of a new addition for this popular hack'n'slash, because the other report from Grinding Gear Games probably won't be celebrated by anyone. Chris Wilson, the company's co-founder, reported a probable delay in the start of the beta of Path of Exile 2. It was originally announced that an early version of this not exactly sequel (which in practice is supposed to be a major update for the first game) is to be released later, this year. However, in an interview with PCGamesN, the devs suggested that the date should be revised.

The grand update for PoE may suffer a delay.

The reason for this potential delay is the infamous coronavirus. And more specifically, the impact of the disease on Asian developers who support the studio. Grinding Gear Games likes to use the help of outside studios from China, around 30 people. The problem is that after Chinese New Year's celebrations, these devs were banned from returning to their offices due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. As a result, the New Zealand team was delayed for several weeks and had to move some of their employees to the group working on the Delirium DLC. This was at the expense of the development of Path of Exile 2, but it was deemed necessary - the expansion is scheduled for March 13, while the "sequel" is a matter of more distant future.

Of course, it may turn out that despite these problems, we will still see the PoE2 beta in 2020, as it was announced. Nevertheless, Chris Wilson stressed that the studio does not intend to be overly bound by this promise. Therefore, we will get PoE 2 only when the devs are sure that the game is ready be played.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).