Memories are fragile, ephemeral issues, and the brand new memory-dungeons in Path Of Exile‘s latest update – Synthesis – start crumbling the moment you look at them. In Grinding Gear’s free-to-play motion RPG’s newest league, gamers must blaze via these new optionally available areas shortly in hopes of stabilising them, as a result of the reward is the prospect to construct your personal loot-filled labyrinth to raid. This would be the first league shortly to not take away something, both. The Shadow of Mordor-ish Betrayal system of the earlier league remains to be accessible, however has been shuffled to later in the principle story.
The new stuff within the Synthesis league occurs principally in parallel to the principle story. Early on you’ll meet a brand new character – a ghost named Cavas – who asks gamers to assist recuperate his misplaced reminiscences. This being Path Of Exile, you do that by killing issues in a short time for loot. You’ll encounter portals to little reminiscence areas as you play, and speeding via them and activating the reminiscence stabilisers gives you reminiscence fragments, that are used to construct your personal dungeons.
In Cavas’s residence within the void, there’s an incomplete map of his reminiscences to fit these fragments into. Some areas (corresponding to your begin level and managers) are static, so that you’ll have to position fragments to bridge between them. By chaining to sure particular tiles on the map, you may apply loot or enemy spawn multipliers to the whole customized dungeon, making it a possible gold-mine for treasure. You can solely run every dungeon a set variety of occasions earlier than your positioned fragments degrade and wish changing, nonetheless, so that you’ll must go and rustle up extra fragments sometimes.
In these memory-themed dungeons (which do characteristic some slightly cool new enemy designs), gamers can rustle up ‘fractured’ loot. While not inherently dangerous in itself, a number of fractured gadgets mixed at a particular crafting desk within the void gives you Synthesised gear. Only fundamental rarity (you’re meant to enchant it your self), however with stat profiles not like something you’ll usually choose up, best for high-level gamers to min/max with. This league additionally features a main re-balance of spellcasting to make wands and staves extra viable, plus a bunch of latest Chaos and Holy ingredient spells.
Interestingly, as a lot of the stuff launched within the Betrayal league was to exchange the previous Masters system, a few of your progress with side-quest content material corresponding to Delves will carry over between leagues now. Your (now-expanded) hideout will carry over, as will unlocks corresponding to Jun’s veiled merchandise mods. You won’t be capable to take your stash with you into a brand new league, however not less than you’ll have some fringe advantages this time spherical. Oh, and for probably the most hardcore of gamers, the Atlas Of Worlds (post-plot endgame) has been up to date, with new maps sorts and participant hideouts to seek out.
The Synthesis league is now dwell. You can see the (huge as typical) patch notes here. Alternatively, you may see the patch notes run via a Markov Chain generator here, which is much less helpful however good for a giggle. Path Of Exile is free to play, expansions and all. Find it here or on Steam.