The biggest news story of the week in the gaming world so far has been the latest delay for the highly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. If we've noticed a trend throughout 2020 in gaming, it's that a Cyberpunk launch date is usually followed by a number of games getting out of its way. This trend looks to hold true, as the team at Grinding Gear Games is essentially admitting that it can't compete with this juggernaut. On Wednesday, the team announced that Path of Exile's next expansion would be delayed by a month in order to accommodate Cyberpunk 2077's new release date.
Grinding Gear CEO Chris Wilson posted the following to the Path of Exile website:
We were previously targeting a launch date of December 11 for our 3.13 end-game expansion. As we discussed last week, our new development methodology gives us confidence that we'd be able to hit this date with a high quality expansion. Yesterday, CD Projekt Red announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will now be released on December 10. We do not want to put our players in a position of having to choose between these two games, so we have decided to step out of the way and delay the release of Path of Exile 3.13 until January.
We still expect to finish 3.13 by early/mid-December. The scope of this expansion will remain unchanged. During the month of delay before release, we will start work on the 3.14 expansion.
So that you still have some interesting Path of Exile stuff to play over the Christmas/New Year break, we're planning to run at least one multi-week event (for example, Flashback). We'll confirm details of these event(s) once we have put together a plan.
While this delay will hopefully not affect our development schedule, it will probably cause our release schedule to change a little bit during 2021. We'll post details about this as soon as we have more information about these dates and when we'll be announcing 3.13.
In the meantime, let's all get out our Albino Rhoa Feathers and pray to Kuduku that they don't delay again.
Wilson previously noted back during the Harvest expansion reveal that COVID-19 had affected Path of Exile's development slightly, but with New Zealand tackling the pandemic in such an efficient manner, Wilson later stated that development was fully back on track. It's currently unknown whether this new delay will drastically affect Path of Exile going forward or whether it will have any effect at all on the upcoming Path of Exile 2 or Path of Exile Mobile.
Shacknews has been checking in with Grinding Gear on a regular basis, most recently getting details on Path of Exile's Heist update. We'll stand by our Zoom machines and wait to hear about what's next for the dungeon crawler. Stay tuned to Shacknews for the latest news on both Path of Exile and Cyberpunk 2077.
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I wonder what the plan is when Cyberpunk gets delayed yet again.
It's weird because in an interview before cyberpunk was pushed to November he was asked if he was going to move it. and he said "NO". Because people could always play cyberpunk after the league start. But now this happens.
So either he wants his team to have a nice time during the holidays with family and cyberpunk or they are taking advantage of the delay so they can ease their own schedule. Either way I think it is a smart move. No use launching a league when most of your staff is going to be playing cyberpunk.