However, Path of Exile is still a long way from having the much-coveted sequel it so truly deserves, so the developers are still actively improving the original, with the Ultimatum expansion being the perfect proof.
Ultimatum hits live on April 16th
Ultimatum is a quarter League expansion, and it will allow players to let players play a new and improved version of Double or Nothing, where both monster counts and loot drops will be at an all-time high.
This new league will last for about 3 months, and it will introduce a new way through which players can improve their characters and the way they can exterminate entire screens of enemies.
The Trialmaster brings tougher enemies, but better rewards
Whenever a user rolls a new character, they will encounter the Trialmaster, a new NPC that will invite you to join apparently simple arena battle where the sole purpose is to pretty much kill everything on site.
The caveat here is that you will know exactly what prize you’ll be fighting for, and once you’re done you can choose to either tap out and claim your prize, or go through a much more difficult arena match and win another prize besides the original.
The catch? This second arena match will be the same as the first, but the monster will benefit from other modifiers (faster monsters, more obstacles, etc).
More so, if you lose any arena matches, you will lose all the previous gear you wagered for, staying true to its Double or Nothing namesake.
Finally, players that manage to fight their way to the tenth round (if they don’t die by round 3 that is), will face off a boss, and earn an extra special bonus, besides the 10 items they’ve already accumulated.
While this part isn’t specifically showcased in the video, one could presume that the boss will not be something to be trifled with, so keep your potions and other self-sustain methods at hand at all costs.
In fact, Grinding Gear Games held a short Q&A session earlier this week, and the studio head himself confirmed that there’ll be a tough new final boss hidden deeper within Ultimatum’s arena battles.