Path of Exile: MMO raises $1.2 million in crowd funds, bonus expansion detailed

By Dave Cook, Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:04 GMT

Path of Exile, the fantasy MMO from New Zealand developer Grinding Gears Games has hit NZD$1.2 million in crowd funding, and as such has released details of a new ‘Act III’ expansion pack. Check out the details below.

MCV Pacific reports that the expansion will be available as part of the games incoming open beta, which you can register for now here.

Chris Wilson, producer at Grinding Gears shed light on the expansion, which sounds massive, “Act 3 adds an extra 50% of content to Path of Exile’s world. Our already gritty game gets a lot darker as players explore Sarn and witness the full extent of the corruption and cataclysm. High-level characters will really enjoy some of the enemy encounters and combat challenges.”

Here’s the expansion’s official synopsis:

Path of Exile’s lore and mysteries deepens as you explore Sarn’s abandoned docks, markets, temples and sewers. For reasons unknown, General Gravicius and the Ebony Legion have sailed from your homeland Oriath to scour Sarn for its secrets, joining Piety of Theopolis in a race against the player to plunder Sarn’s tombs for wealth and power.

In the Solaris Temple, a magical army of floating constructs known as the Ribbons continually sterilize the temple even as the centuries wear on. Even though thaumaturgist Malachai the Soulless is long dead, evidence of his dark experiments remain.

In addition to undead, magical constructs and corrupted horrors, players will encounter some unlikely allies. An encampment of exiles survive on the man-made island in the middle of the river, led by wise and well-spoken Karui warrior Maramoa.

The funding milestone will also see PvP added into the mix. Two new in-game screens were also revealed to mark the occasion. Here they are:

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