Now you’ve executed it: Path of Exile in supplying you with an Ultimatum… and also you’ll in all probability prefer it! It’s time once more for the massive reveal of POE’s subsequent huge league, with its new goodies, new methods, and new single-word moniker. And just like the final time, Grinding Gear Video games has been sharing its bulletins globally on its livestream this afternoon. I spoke with GGG’s Managing Director Chris Wilson forward of as we speak’s preview to study the main points of this subsequent league, referred to as Ultimatum. A kind of particulars is that the league will launch on PC subsequent week! It comes out April 16th, 2021, on computer after which the subsequent week on console. Right here’s the remainder of what we discovered.
Danger vs. reward
Wilson shared with me that whereas some players could consider blood sacrifices or misplaced temples once they consider the Vaal civilization, he thinks of risking objects. Simply have a look at Vaal orbs! And this time round, all the most important focus is on threat vs. reward. Ultimatum boasts an all-or-nothing gameplay fashion the place gamers select how far they’re prepared to go.
In every space, gamers will run into the Trialmaster, who occurs to be the emissary of the Vaal entity Chaos. He’ll supply the participant a linked sequence of trials that escalate in each problem and reward. Straightforward sufficient; you begin off within the first trial, and if you happen to succeed, you’re supplied an ultimatum: go away along with your earned goodies or proceed on right into a tougher trial. If you happen to succeed on the subsequent trial, you’re supplied the identical alternative, however this time with higher loot. And the cycle continues till you both select to depart along with your reward otherwise you die and go away with nothing.
The trials themselves aren’t only a rehash of the earlier with barely extra highly effective mobs. First, the goals can fully change; every stage has its personal goal. The way in which they may turn out to be progressively tougher is that at every stage gamers can have a choice of problem modifiers they will add to the encounter. And these modifiers stack! As in, at stage two you’ve gotten two, and at stage 5 you’ve gotten 5, and so forth. Gamers who full the target beneath the constrains of the modifier(s) will obtain the reward they picked initially — so long as they don’t lose every little thing by failing afterward within the chain! Simply how far are you able to go? Wilson famous that the longest Ultimatum run in endgame maps can typically have as much as 10 quick trials in a row, with a particular shock within the final one.
Friendlier to associates
A private bonus for me is that the Ultimatum league will work higher than many earlier leagues in relation to taking part in with associates. Individuals in your group get their very own ultimatum, to allow them to money out and go away with their items or maintain going. If anybody within the group dies and forfeits, it doesn’t have an effect on the trial for the others who can nonetheless survive and acquire their riches. It’s much more of a shared expertise as the one that owns the occasion doesn’t have the final phrase on what modifiers are picked in every trial; each group member will get to vote on that are put in. (If the vote ends in a draw, the modifier will likely be chosen at random.)
To the Trialmaster’s area
Sometimes, gamers will get the possibility to journey to the Trialmaster’s area for an extra problem by discovering the rarer Inscribed Ultimatums in maps. These Inscribed Ultimatums are inserted into the map system to open the gateway to this area. Ensure you learn the inscription earlier than you go as it can let you know the providing you need to convey to do the trial! The truth that it additionally offers you the knowledge you want about rewards and the attainable modifiers can be useful. The rewards right here, Wilson says, are roughly twice the worth of your sacrifice. For example, if you’re risking on Exalted Orb, your reward can be two, or a stack of 5 risked would have a stack of 10 as reward.
These Inscribed Ultimatums can positively be traded, so gamers can choose and select which Ultimatums they need to run.
New methods to slaughter enemies with Ultimatum uniques and expertise
If you happen to take heed to Wilson, POE gamers are all the time wanting new methods to slaughter enemies! He isn’t fallacious. And each league has launched new expertise and has particular uniques which might be particular unto it. The primary Distinctive revealed as we speak was the Glimpse of Chaos Vaal Masks. This merchandise supplies highly effective advantages to most life, mana and vitality protect — however at the price of having severely diminished elemental resistances and completely no chaos resistance. Sure, you’ll be able to corrupt this merchandise (many instances, even), and it has its personal distinctive corrupted outcomes. You would possibly simply take away a random modifier, otherwise you would possibly really change the helmet into a unique random corrupted distinctive helmet that simply retains its corruption implicit mod.
The second Vaal distinctive to hitch in Ultimatum is Mahuxotl’s Machination. This merchandise grants the participant six keystone passives directly. Wilson famous that combining all of those keystones will end in some very uncommon outcomes. Oh, and it additionally has a wholly distinctive new keystone as effectively.
Now let’s have a look at 4 new talent gems and 4 assist gems, that are all centered on blood in step with the Vaal theme. Spend life, not mana! The low life mechanic was additionally adjusted, altering the brink to 50%. Your new bloody expertise are: Petrified Blood (low life builds use life pool to soak up hits), Corrupting Fever (consumes life and grants buff that makes hits apply Corrupted Blood), Exsanguinate (spend life to shoot tendrils of assault blood), and Reap (conjures a large bloody scythe). As for assist gems, Blood Magic Assist was break up into two, Conceitedness Assist (reserve life as a substitute of mana) and Lifetap (talent price turns into life as a substitute of mana). Further helps are Cruelty (buff will increase DOTs) and Bloodthirst (provides a proportion of your life as bodily weapon injury whereas low life).
Tweaking previous reward methods
Talking of league rewards… you know the way previous leagues all had their very own rewards? Nicely, they’re getting tweaks to work higher within the current Path of Exile. Wilson defined that “the core drop pool of simply objects that drop if you kill common monsters simply wasn’t actually compelling sufficient.” So not solely have been earlier league rewards modified, however the core drop pool was altered as effectively. This all occurs within the Customary league in addition to Ultimatum.
Modifications embrace two extra foreign money drops: Orbs of Binding from the Harbinger league, and the brand new Veiled Chaos Orb (extra data to come back). The workforce has additionally added 5 new Atlas Base Sorts. One instance showcased is Vitality Defend Recharge Amulet, which drop in particular areas of the Atlas of Worlds and have some highly effective new implicit mods. One other change is making boss runs extra worthwhile. To attain that, Wilson defined, GGG has ensured that “Remaining Act Bosses now drop extra and higher objects, supplying you with a way more satisfying near a tough act, and a extra item-focused strategy to preparing for maps if you happen to want.” On high of all which might be new vendor recipes.
Did you assume that was all? Unsuitable! The core drop pool additionally has a brand new kind of Reliquary Key that may be obtained kind any mob or chest. Put that key into the map system and you’re granted entry to a vault the place a particular foil model of any attainable Vaal-themed distinctive merchandise waits for you. If that sounds fairly spectacular, effectively, it’s — however it can additionally make this the rarest key within the recreation.
Much more enjoyable for individuals who missed getting a desired merchandise in a particular league is the addition of league-specific uniques into the core drop pool. These useful — and highly effective — objects can drop from any sufficiently high-level monster with out gamers taking part in specialised content material. Wilson supplied these examples: Badge of the Brotherhood, Assailum, Pledge of Fingers, Maloney’s Mechanism, Brutus’ Lead Sprinkler, and Headhunter.
Wilson informed me that extra adjustments referring to objects that you just earn by taking part in previous leagues and expansions are coming too. The dual targets for the studio are so as to add and enhance objects so that each one previous content material has a compelling set of rewards and to make sure that one of the simplest ways to get any reward is to play the content material related to that reward. This consists of tweaks to rewards for Queen of the Vaal Atziri, labyrinth adjustments (enchantments, eradicating distinctive jewels for quickest every day labyrinth runs, including portals to random trials, and new objects), extra uniques from Perandus, and so very rather more. Honest warning: There may be one nerf to talismans. Try all the main points within the video beneath!