Blizzard’s recently released Diablo 4 Season 1 has been met with criticism, and while developer Grinding Gear Games brings forth news of new gameplay and the closed beta date for Path of Exile 2, it appears that Diablo 4 enthusiasts remain unconvinced about its sequel. Fans highlight the complexity of Path of Exile as a major deterrent for players looking to make the switch from Blizzard’s action-RPG.
A Game of Complexity
One Diablo subreddit user named ChornLane points out that the number of features in Path of Exile is overwhelming, stating that if Diablo 4 had the same level of complexity, the majority of its playerbase would quit. Speaking from personal experience, ChornLane explains how they were overwhelmed by the abundance of items and intricate gameplay mechanics in Path of Exile. They describe their frustration of needing multiple items to access other parts of the game.
Another player expresses a similar sentiment, claiming that despite making multiple attempts at playing Path of Exile and watching hours of content, they still lack understanding of what they are supposed to be doing. The confusion and lack of direction appear to be a barrier preventing them from fully engaging with the game. The expectation is that Path of Exile 2 will reduce this entry barrier and entice more Diablo players to explore the game.
An Unfavorable Visual Experience
In addition to the game’s complexity, some Diablo 4 fans criticize the visual experience offered by Path of Exile. On the Diablo 4 subreddit, a user argues that a brief observation of Path of Exile’s gameplay demonstrates that the developers made the right decision in terms of their mini-map design. They find the overlay in Path of Exile cumbersome and obstructive, making it difficult to observe the actual gameplay.
Yearning for Similarities
Amid the skepticism of Diablo 4 fans, there are those who highly regard Grinding Gear Games’ accomplishments with Path of Exile 2 and express a desire for Diablo 4 to follow suit. A subreddit user named fixmeforall admits to not seeking the same level of depth as Path of Exile 2 in Diablo 4, but raises the question of whether it is possible for Diablo 4 to achieve a similar level of quality. They long for real seasons, abundant new features, and the opportunity to play any build in a seamless and enjoyable manner.
Appealing to FromSoftware Fans
While Path of Exile 2 may not be attracting Diablo 4 fans, it may have the potential to win over supporters of FromSoftware’s games. In an interview, director Jonathan Rogers explains that the sequel will adopt an “Elden Ring sort of direction,” diverging from the “MMO path” chosen by Diablo 4. This direction change may gather interest from fans of FromSoftware’s previous titles, providing them with a fresh and revered experience.
As the release of Diablo 4 Season 1 generates criticism, Grinding Gear Games’ Path of Exile 2 struggles to sway Diablo fans amid concerns about complexity and visual design. Despite these obstacles, there remains a cohort of players who are intrigued by the depth and quality of Path of Exile 2. While Diablo 4 fans may be hesitant, the upcoming sequel may find solace in capturing the attention and support of FromSoftware’s enthusiastic fanbase. Only time will tell if Path of Exile 2 can successfully unite the diverse communities of action-RPG players.