Blizzard’s plan to interchange Overwatch with Overwatch 2 proved to be simply as messy and complicated because it sounded, but it surely did at the very least do one factor right by making certain that gamers might switch over all their skins and beauty gadgets to Overwatch 2. As we speak Path of Exile’s builders made the shock announcement that they are not changing Path of Exile with its sequel, which was the plan when Path of Exile 2 was introduced again in 2019. Path of Exile 2 is now going to be an entirely separate game, Grinding Gear introduced at ExileCon right this moment, but it surely’s one-upping Blizzard by making cosmetics each forward- and backwards-compatible.

“Path of Exile 1 and a couple of will likely be separate, with their very own mechanics, stability, endgames, and leagues, but it surely’s nonetheless a shared platform,” Grinding Gear Video games co-founder Jonathan Rogers defined throughout right this moment’s ExileCon keynote. 

The “shared platform” means any microtransactions in your account will likely be out there throughout each Path of Exile 1 and a couple of. That goes for stuff you have purchased since 2013, and it additionally goes for stuff you purchase in Path of Exile 2 a number of years from now, with some exceptions.

“Every little thing you will have ever bought or will ever buy sooner or later will likely be usable in each video games except it is hyper-specific to the content material of one in every of them,” Rogers stated. “You’ll be able to’t rework right into a bear in PoE1, so a reskin of your bear type is not going to work. However you completely can equip the superior armor set that you just received and use all of your stash tabs.”

This looks as if an bold plan—or a limiting one, relying on graphical adjustments between the video games. Will it actually be possible to make just about all future Path of Exile 2 microtransactions backwards appropriate with the unique game? Given Grinding Gear’s unique plan to have Path of Exile basically “change into” Path of Exile 2, although, this method ensures that gamers will not be dropping out on any cosmetics they anticipated to preserve round. It additionally signifies that Grinding Gear actually intends to preserve each video games working side-by-side.