Path of Exile has added its first battle pass -- and, like many games that try to do something new, the execution isn't sitting right with fans.
The Kirac's Vault pass costs $30 and requires players to complete objectives in the Atlas of Worlds to unlock eight cosmetic bonus skins and effects for "popular end-game items." There are 117 objectives in all to complete, with one reward given upon purchase and the other seven handed out approximately every 17 achievements. The pass will expire after the current league ends and its rewards will not be available after that.
Responses to the Kirac's Vault pass from fans has been almost universally negative, and it's not hard to see why. The skins are only usable for a select group of endgame items that even experienced players might not possess or use in their builds. The $30 price tag is seen as too much given the skins' limited number and nature. And while I can't speak to the amount of work required to complete these objectives, having over a hundred of them seems like an extraordinary amount of effort that has to be jammed into about three months, the typical duration of a league. FOMO much?
We'll see if Grinding Gear Games keeps the Kirac's Vault pass as it is or makes some adjustments while it's still ongoing. In any case, we'd expect things to be handled differently if another pass is announced for the next league -- unless people actually buy this one, despite so many arguing against it.
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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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