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Legion, the latest challenge league expansion for Grinding Gear Games' Path of Exile, will be going live in a couple of weeks, on June 7, 2019 for PC and June 10th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This new challenge league will make the game's melee combat more responsive, add the usual assortment of new skills, items, and game mechanics, and as its main attraction, will task you with fighting a bunch of ancient warriors lost in time.
Here's the official trailer with some developer commentary:
And an overview of Legion's features:
Path of Exile: Legion
Trapped for thousands of years in the Domain of Timeless Conflict, the mightiest military leaders of Wraeclast's history have been fighting an eternal war. In Path of Exile: Legion, you will free their legions from the endless battle and defeat them in combat to earn their valuable rewards.
Path of Exile's June expansion contains the Legion challenge league, new items, new gems, a game-wide overhaul of melee combat, and much, much more.
As you explore Wraeclast in the Legion league, you'll discover Monoliths. Tag these to reveal an ancient conflict between multiple Legions, frozen in time. Untether monsters by dealing damage to them, but be prepared to fight those monsters when the effect of the Monolith wears off. As certain monsters are powerful and drop valuable items, Legion grants you full control over risk and reward.
The Domain of Timeless Conflict
Enemies from each of the five Legions drop Splinters which combine together to form an Emblem of that Legion. Place two or more Emblems from different Legions in a Map Device to gain access to the Domain of Timeless Conflict, where the eternal battle between those Legions rages. Unlock the upgraded Map Device in order to fight in the ultimate conflict between all five Legions.
Legion Item Rewards
Some Legion monsters display symbols indicating the specific items they drop. Skilled players will focus on freeing the monsters that maximise the type of rewards they are seeking. Certain monsters can drop Incubation Items, which modify a piece of equipment to guarantee a certain reward after you have killed a specific number of monsters.
From each of the five Legions, it's possible to earn a special unique Jewel that can be socketed into your Passive Skill Tree. Each of the five jewels modifies nearby passive skills in different ways, providing completely new character customisation options if you are skilled enough to acquire one.
Melee Combat Revamp
We've addressed most of the core issues with melee combat in Path of Exile. You can now cancel attack animations after they deal their damage. Movement skills are now all instant, and new low-level movement skills have been added for many classes. All melee attacks can now hit multiple adjacent enemies. The animation system has been overhauled, the monster targeting rules improved, and accuracy is no longer capped at 95%. There are more changes to melee combat than are possible to list here, but these changes plus a rebalance of most melee skills create an entirely new combat experience.
New Build Archetypes
The new Blood and Sand Gladiator archetype can switch between Blood Stance and Sand Stance, dynamically modifying the function of new and existing skills. The new Rage Berserker archetype revamps the Rage system and introduces new skills that generate or consume Rage. These powerful archetypes and their new skills offer additional options for many other Path of Exile builds.
Early-Game Monster Rebalance
With all the melee combat improvements, players can now dodge out of the way of attacks easily. We have taken advantage of this by rebalancing monster attacks that used to have poor signalling to now have a wind-up. This rebalance extends to improving monster AI and boss fights throughout the early campaign.
Powerful New Items
Alongside 14 new Divination Cards, Path of Exile: Legion contains 12 new unique items for you to discover. In addition, we have chosen 15 existing unique items that are themed around Legion's five armies and have rebalanced them so that they have become powerful rewards to find in the new league.
Legion Supporter Packs
We're also launching two sets of Supporter Packs alongside Legion - the Cult of Darkness and Blood Knight Packs. There are two price points available for each and they feature masses of points alongside new Armour Sets and other exclusive cosmetic microtransactions!
Path of Exile: Legion will launch on June 7th (PDT) on PC, and June 10 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
This announcement post has a number of links to some early Legion previews.