The release date of PoE 3.13 is
January 15, 2021. The original release plan is December 11, 2020. PoE 3.13 Launch Delayed until January because Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on December 10. GGG does not want to players make a hard decision between Path of Exile and Cyberpunk 2077. Therefore, the Path of Exile 3.13 will be delayed until January.
|Server||PoE 3.13 Release Date||PoE 3.12 Heist End Time|
|PC||January 15, 2021||January 11, 2021|
|Xbox One||January 22, 2021||January 22, 2021|
|PlayStation 4||January 22, 2021||January 22, 2021|
The release date is January 15, 2021. A lot more GGG team members are back by the 15th, so that is the date GGG is likely to announce.
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Players still have some interesting Path of Exile stuff to play over the Christmas/New Year break, GGG is planning to run at least one multi-week event (for example, Endless Delve, Flashback, etc.).
Cyberpunk 2077 is an excellent game. Many people are going to play and they may play very hard. By looking at the statistics of services such as Steam, you can see the player engagement curve of a large-scale release like this. It is easy to see that when everyone likes it, there is likely to be an absolute advantage for several weeks.
Historically, GGG releases the Blight league less than two weeks after WoW Classic's launch. The result is that the Path of Exile almost lost half of the users. It was a bit of a disaster and quite a big learning experience for GGG.
The truth is, for a lot of players, if they miss the initial launch of a league, they'll probably skip it or not take it anywhere near as seriously as if they managed to make good progress and get established in the early days or weeks. It's vitally important to have a clean release. As a side note, this is why GGG also has a lot of implicit motivation to make sure our releases are as stable and bug-free as possible. Bad launches have very large ripple effects that could threaten our ability to sustain the game.
GGG still expects to finish 3.13 by early/mid-December. The scope of this expansion will remain unchanged. During the month of the delay before release, GGG will start work on the PoE 3.14 expansion.
This causes the Path of Exile next release schedule to change a little bit during 2021.
From Path of Exile’s release in 2013 until late 2015, GGG struggled to grow the community and was getting worried as the game’s popularity started to slowly decline. GGG tried releases of many different sizes and cadences, before eventually settling into a 13-week cycle with the launch of Talisman in December 2015. Since then, GGG has developed 19 leagues with this cadence and had a lot of success with it. Path of Exile grew exponentially and allowed them to put even more content into each expansion to meet the expectations of their growing community.
A 13-week expansion cycle is best for the continued growth and long-term health of Path of Exile in the period before Path of Exile 2 is released.
GGG has defined a very specific scope for December’s 3.13 expansion. It contains everything that a large Path of Exile expansion needs, but no more. The schedule that GGG will hopefully achieve with this approach will likely have everything quite playable and ready for gameplay iteration before their marketing deadline, and in a very stable and polished state by the time it is released.