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Those who have been eager to get their hands on Path of Exile 2 are going to have to wait quite a bit longer. The new sequel to the popular action-RPG Path of Exile has been in development for a while now and will be for a while longer.

The reason? You guessed it: COVID-19.

PC Gamer reports on a phone interview conducted with Grinding Gear Games studio head Chris Wilson. The interview includes a bit about how COVID-19 has impacted the New Zealand development studio.

"I hate to blame COVID for stuff, but that is a big part of it at the moment," Wilson said. "We have had difficulty hiring internationally because the borders to New Zealand are closed, so that has curtailed the exponential growth of our asset creation team a little bit. The progress of development hasn't been as fast as we wanted, and so our goal is to bash as hard as we can during 2021 on Path of Exile 2 stuff and see how much headway we make. Trying to get as much done as possible, and that'll give us a better idea of a good release date we can estimate, which should be towards the end of the year."
When asked for clarification about if Path of Exile 2 would arrive in 2022, Wilson said that, "yeah, I think that's accurate." Path of Exile 2 was first announced by Grinding Gear Games on November 15, 2019.

They continue on to note that there will still be some content released that should make Path of Exile fans happy. On January 15, the Echoes of the Atlas expansion will be released for the first Path of Exile. It brings with it all new environments for the endgame players. Several of these areas supposedly use assets from the upcoming sequel. It is a "taste of things to come" in a matter of speaking.