If you build it, they will come. That was the hopeful mentality of Grinding Gear Games as they set out to make the Diablo 2 successor everyone wanted. Path of Exile was ambitious, an incredibly deep action-RPG with loads of customization and a balanced non pay-to-win approach. To say Grinding Gear Games succeeded would be an understatement, they knocked it out of the park.

Since launching its Open Beta in late January, PoE has seen over two million registered players with more joining every day. At this pace it is on track to becoming one of the most popular PC game releases of 2013. Chris Wilson, producer for Grinding Gear Games had this to say about the explosive success:

“We’re really pleased with Path of Exile’s reception. It blew our expectations out of the water and continues to grow every day,” said Chris. “The continued feedback and support from our fans has been great. We expect to add a lot of new content and features during the Open Beta period as we approach full release later this year.”

GGG isn’t one to stop and simply enjoy their hard earned success. The developers plan on sticking to providing new content each week. The most recent updates added new skills and eight new unique items, six of which were designed by the game’s Diamond Supporters – those who donated $1000 in order to be involved in the development of an item. GGG really seems committed to not only constantly improving the players experience in PoE, but also involving the community in the creation of new content as well. Something we don’t see much of outside of Valve.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. The graphic’s not so perfect as expected. There’s much to be done, actually way too much from that of Age of Wushu’s! Despite the beatiful sceneries, the moves and the special-effects in AoW are cool! You deserve a try!

  2. i love action styled mmorpgs, check out the newley released age of wushu, the free battle system is exactly what i mean, a game without level and class, only thousands of skills to work for.

  3. PoE is finaly a dungeon crawler that actualy wasnt afraid to bring up that dark environment that I for one enjoyed in the first diablo in 96.
    Oh and i did play “diablo”3 and idk where people say its polished and balanced and all that…. i mean even for me a huge diablo fan who both the game at relese i was just …uhhh… the game took a big step back with its animated graphics and all the mecanics.
    And get this GGG is actualy lisening to its players something D3 failed to do (or lets be honest here they just didnt care like most said they got there money out of milions of copies and still get from auction boots that cost 250$ haha )
    In the end for me PoEis a far superior game one i will play till that other huge dungeon crawler even before Diablo will be relse(might know what i am saying if not ehhh live with that) ^^

  4. “Grinding Gear Games as they set out to make the Diablo 2 successor everyone wanted”.
    Erm, no.
    I tried the game on CBT and again on OBT, its a fine game, for a f2p stand point, but no where NEAR as fun, smooth, polished and balanced as Diablo III.
    Sorry, say what you want, you may even be the majority (or maybe you arent), but you shouldnt say ‘Diablo 2 successor everyone wanted’ cus some people had a bad time with D3 (most of the complainers didnt even play the damn game).
    D3 has its flaws (and being getting better by each patch), but its far better than PoE for me and milion who STILL play D3.

    • We are so sorry that we can please you. We tried the best we can to make a 2million dollar game to please you and only you 🙁 The 30mil+ people that play Isomeric games are more than happy to take your joy. thanks have a good one

      • I don’t get why people use builds as a witch. My guide to being good at a witch:
        1) Play witch,
        2) Zombies,
        3) Play more witch.

        Lesson over.

    • Lol PoE beated D3 ? In which way ?
      D3 sold over 12 milion copies.
      It has still MILIONS of players playing, takes me less than 5 seconds to find multiplayer party.
      Yes it had some connection problems in the 1st week, but after that it was smooth.
      D3 also had some flaws in the 1st months, but just like D2, its getting better by each patch Blizzard deliveres, adding more and more to the game.

      So, ya, they didnt beat in any way, money, player ammount, or fun (since this one is opinion based).

  5. Great company. The devs are always checking out on the forums. They post often, and their changes seem to reflect the suggestions of the players. Skills are really imbalanced, more so than other games, but they’re constantly fixing, and expanding. Great game once again.

  6. Awsome to see,that GGG is doing great with this game and that many ppl enjoy it. I hope they also make enough money to keep the great work up and may will bring us more sweet games.
    Big like. Good Job GGG!

  7. I’m glad PoE is doing that good. Is a game i really enjoy and that F2P model is one of the best out there. Except for the extra stash tabs you cannot get anything else other then cosmetic.
    As far as i know, even the 1000$ diamond supporters do not get the item they create. That item is added in game and they will find it like everyone else.
    And that skill tree… Now i’m never happy with the skill customization in any other game 😀

    • you’re confused, they are ->letting<- you make an item to be in the game, they're not asking you to make it for them.

    • It’s called designing an item that will be part of the RNG in the game. A few games have this feature. There are people who intrigued by this & are will to spend money to leave their imprint on the game.

    • It means that Path of Exile has an amazing free-to-play model. There’s no content-locking for players who don’t cough up cash, there seems to be weekly updates, the cash shop is for purely cosmetic items, it’s actually fun to play, and the staff listens to the players and works to keep them satisfied. That’s not something you see every day.

      It’s a great game by its own right, but the fact that it’s in the free-to-play field makes it all the more sweet. It’s not even out of beta and it already has two million players. This is huge. The way things are looking, it’s going to keep growing, too.

      What it means is that Path of Exile is getting the attention it deserves. It’s using a free-to-play model, and it’s using it right.

    • Why? Just because it has subscribers (not players or active players just subscribers. You understand I have 10 email accounts registered there so they count “10 subers”…in fact it isjust 1) the reason you quit will still be there when you log in pudding for brains.


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