Game developer Grinding Gear Games recently talked to a game publication about their latest game, Path of Exile 2, reacted to its competition Diablo 4, and more.
Path of Exile 2 developers talk about Diablo 4 reveal
Talking to popular gaming publication
GameSpot, Grinding Gear Games founder Chris Wilson discussed their reaction to
the reveal of the next installment Diablo 4 by Blizzard Entertainment. He said
that other companies are making a new action RPG, while Blizzard is taking a
gamble. The game design decisions that Blizzard could make would be great for
their game or could detract from it. Players would not know the answers until
they play the released game.
Comparing Diablo 4 to their video game,
Wilson stated that theirs is a solid 90%. Its popularity is the proof for that
statement and the millions of viewers that are watching the event ExileCon plus
the 1400 die-hard fans who flew to New Zealand to see it in person. He boasted
that the changes they are making for their game are carefully made with the
goal of only increasing the number. The new campaign is far better than the old
The new skill system allowed players to
do everything that were not possible before, while being far easier to
understand and solving many confusing problems. Wilson said that the competitors might release
a 100% game, but there are so many new and untested-on-a-global-scale decisions
that it is entirely possible that some may be the wrong call.
Coulson does root for everyone to make
great action RPGs.
Broader player base
Coulson was asked if they ever
considered appealing to a broader player base. He answered that if it does not
in any way hurt what makes their game great for hardcore players, then they
would try to appeal the broader player base. The second title is a good
opportunity for this, but they do not want to water down any systems that
players currently enjoy. The ideal situation would be that their game would be
more approachable while also being deeper than it currently is.
The game is currently in development. It has a beta release window in late 2020.