Looking for an ARPG that’s not Diablo for your console? Grinding Gear Games has you covered as they are bringing their PC-based hit, Path of Exile, to PlayStation 4! Path of Exile is a free-to-play Action RPG that feels a lot like Diablo 2 but with much deeper customization. You have a Final Fantasy X-like sphere grid system to unlock extra stats and power-ups for your character and a Final Fantasy VII-like gem system that allows you to customize your abilities… even going so far as to mix and match classes to create hybrid classes.
Path of Exile is already on Xbox One consoles and their Patch 3.5 expansion is slated for December 7. The PlayStation 4 version of the game is also slated for the same month but not the same day as the release of the expansion. The original game launched on PC back in 2013 and has been met with critical acclaim. Having played it myself, I can say that it was one of the most fun Action RPGs I’ve played since Diablo 2.
While the game is free-to-play and can be played just fine without paying money, Grinding Gear Games does have a microtransaction system in place that is more ethical than most games that deal with microtransactions. They primarily focus on cosmetics and other items that don’t give a power boost to your character, eliminating the need to pay to win.
Another note about the console versions is that there will not be any crossplay between consoles or PCs. Each iteration of the game will run on their own servers. On the flipside, the game is scheduled to add private leagues soon where you can customize your rulesets for the world for a fee or with in-game currency.
You can check out the trailer for Path of Exile’s PlayStation 4 launch below: