Path of Exile has delayed its 3.13 end-game extension until January just because the developer Grinding Gear Games does not want its players to choose between Path of Exile 3.13 and Cyberpunk 2077. The CD Projekt team delayed Cyberpunk 2077 and has issued a new release date as December 10. This has led Grinding Gear Games to change their release date also and the developers explain in a blog post that its original release date coincides with the new release date of Cyberpunk 2077.
Designer Chris Wilson wrote, “Yesterday, CD Projekt Red announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will now be released on December 10.” He further added, “We have decided to step out of the way and delay the release of Path of Exile 3.13 until January.”
Path of Exile May Delay Again if Cyberpunk 2077 Delays
It is clear that the Path of Exile developers don’t want to release their game during/around the Cyberpunk 2077 release. Grinding Gear Games had earlier fixed December 11 as the launch date for their 3.13 end-game extension. “We were previously targeting a launch date of December 11 for our 3.13 end-game expansion,” said the developer in its forum. But, as Cyberpunk 2077 is now releasing on December 10, it has forced Path of Exile to delay too. The launch date is now shifted to January, that too if Cyberpunk 2077 does not delay its date again.
You may see that the delay is not because the developers will not be able to finish the 3.13 extension till December. In fact, the post further says that they will start work on the 3.14 extension during the delay. “We still expect to finish 3.13 by early/mid-December,” says the post. “The scope of this expansion will remain unchanged. During the month of delay before release, we will start work on the 3.14 expansion.” It is appropriate for us to say that if Cyberpunk 2077 delays again, Path of Exile will again move its date forward because the developers don’t want to clash the two launch dates.