Path Of Exile’s Next Expansion Is “War For the Atlas”

It’s official, the next expansion for Path of Exile is “War for the Atlas“.

Set for a December 8th, 2017 release date for PC. The Xbox One version will follow a week later.With this new expansion, Grinding Gear Games will once again toss POE players into a new conflict. Caught between a war between The Shaper and The Elder, who just happen to be battling for possession of the Atlas.

Just like the previous expansion, War for the Atlas will be completely free. Seriously, Grinding Gear Games, how do you do it?

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The Atlas

 Included in the War of the Atlas expansion are the following:

  • The Elder Guardians
    As The Elder grows more powerful, he will consume The Shaper’s creations to manifest his own Guardians. The stronger the consumed boss, the stronger The Elder is when you face him.
  • 32 New Maps
    The Atlas has been redrawn. Find your way to the centre through new paths and discover new challenges along the way. War for the Atlas adds 32 maps to Path of Exile’s ever-evolving end-game.
  • Shaped and Elder Items
    As you fight in maps the Shaper or Elder control, you may find rare Shaped and Elder items which can be crafted to have powerful properties that don’t normally occur.
  • Ten New Gems
    This expansion introduces ten new Gems including four new Skill Gems and six new Supports. The new skills have a focus on necromancy, while the support gems are designed to augment as many skills as possible in new and interesting ways.
  • New Unique Items
    Path of Exile: War for the Atlas contains over fifty new Unique Items, many of which have been designed by our community.
  • New Supporter Packs
    We’re also launching a new set of Supporter Packs alongside War for the Atlas. They feature the four exclusive armour sets worn by the Elder Guardians, as well as new weapon effects, portals, forum titles, portrait frames, t-shirts and microfibre cloth maps featuring the new Atlas.
  • The Abyss Challenge League
    Path of Exile: War for the Atlas launches on December 8 (Pacific Time) on PC and shortly after on Xbox One. Alongside the expansion, we’re also introducing the Abyss Challenge League. Fight foes that spill forth from the underworld beneath your feet as you journey across Wraeclast. Claim valuable new Abyss Jewels to customise your characters and items in new ways. We’ll post detailed information about how the Abyss Challenge League works next week.
The War for the Atlas follows the previous expansion, The Fall of Oriath, which released early this year. If you haven’t checked it out, I implore you to do so. It’s entertaining, fun, lots of content and it’s free.  And if you’re a previous Path of Exile player, it’s more of a reason to jump back into the game.

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