If you’re eagerly looking forward to Path of Exile’s new content update/expansion, The Awakening, but aren’t actually in the closed beta to see for yourself how it’s progressing, Grinding Gear Games has got you covered!

PoE Designer Carl de Visser has been doing State of the Beta reports for a few weeks now, and his third missive details some of the major things going on behind the scenes with The Awakening’s development. A new patch is going live today and has an early fix for the desync issue, and gem vendors now offer some of their goods at highly affordable rates. In addition voice acting has been added for Highgate NPCs, and jewels have seen a notable increase in power.

Most significantly, The Awakening is still on track for a late June/early July release, and de Visser is hopeful that they’ll soon have added all the major new content and made the biggest changes and most of the rest of the work will be refining and balancing. If you can’t get enough of progress reports — and who can? — check out the first and second State of the Beta reports.

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  1. Preciel on May 20, 2015

    desync killing all the hardcore league players, about damn time that they would fix it!!!

  2. wootz91 on May 19, 2015

    Love that game but I have really hard times to introduce this game to my friends. I tried the game with atleast 8 people and everyone one of them got tired and bored within the first 1 – 2 acts. So I end up playing alone and getting bored aswell after a couple of weeks.
    Hope the expansion will solve this problem somehow 🙁

    • Lagwin1980 on May 20, 2015

      Well they have shortend acts 1 to 3 a bit and there is some stuff added for all levels(masters, corrupted areas, loot boxes) but at it’s core it’s still the same game.

  3. Lagwin1980 on May 19, 2015

    Testing out lockstep atm, it’s a shame there was a wipe along with the patch since it would give people a chance to really push it but so far it feels realy good

  4. Merkadis on May 19, 2015

    Playing the game right now still as good as 2 years ago when i first tried it, and even gotten better.
    POE and GGG, you’re the best.

  5. Lagwin1980 on May 18, 2015

    A decent read, i’d highly recomend some videos with developer Q&A, Chris(Lead dev), Rory(Senior game dev) and Carl(Game dev) the videos can be viewed on ZiggyD’s youtube channel