Path of Exile - 3.16 Expansion Timeline

While many of us Path of Exile enthusiasts are currently stuck in a holding pattern, waiting for the eventual release of Path of Exile 2, Grinding Gear Games keeps trucking along with their regular updates. And so, we now have this announcement outlining the team's plans for the unveiling of the game's next challenge league.

Here's what we know so far:

It's that time again - announcement of announcements! In today's news, we'll give you an overview of what to expect in the coming weeks as we prepare for the launch of our 3.16 expansion at the end of October.

Later this week, we'll share a follow-up news post that confirms the exact dates of both the 3.16 expansion announcement and its launch. The announcement will take place via Twitch at with Twitch Drops enabled! While we've revealed some of 3.16's details on recent community podcasts, there's still a lot to uncover. Like all Path of Exile expansions, it contains a new challenge league, skills, items, balance changes and more.

Next week, we're planning to start sharing a few minor teasers of things coming in this expansion, like items and divination cards to whet your appetite for what's coming. We're also planning to share many of our planned balance changes ahead of the announcement, including changes to ailments, defences, flasks and more.

As we mentioned in recent podcasts, we're planning to reduce the number of maps and regions in the Atlas. While the details of this are still to come, it's worth noting that this will affect existing Atlases for players in permanent leagues. If you're playing in these leagues, please keep an eye out for a coming news post that indicates what will happen to your watchstones, sextants etc.

There's a lot to talk about, and while this post didn't reveal much, we'll unveil everything in due time.