As we all know, every Expansion release of Path of Exile will inject new vitality into MMOARPG. Grinding Gear Games has added four Expansions to Path of Exile every year since its release in October 2013.
The currently ongoing POE Expansion is titled The Forbidden Sanctum, which released in December 9, 2022 for PC/Mac. Calculated according to the progress of three months, POE 3.20 will end in early March 2023, and at that time, 3.21 will follow the pace of 3.20 in the near future and provide new content for players.
However, unfortunately, some time ago, there were rumors that "POE 3.21 makes way for Diablo 4" on the Internet. For this situation, GGG also made a corresponding reply, that is, they really want to postpone the release schedule of POE 3.21 by one month. It also left four months of development time for the devs of the Path of Exile 3.21 Update. Let's make a bold prediction, have they started working on 3.22 in these four months?
For a highly anticipated new game like Diablo 4, whether it is a player who has joined the Diablo fan base in recent years or a hardcore player of the Diablo series, it has a strong attraction. It's been over a decade since Blizzard last officially released Diablo 3. Diablo 4 is expected to be released in June 6th, 2023. This timing coincides with the expected end of POE 3.21 Expansion, which was originally scheduled to be released in March. If GGG insists on going its own way, then the release of Diablo 4 is bound to divert away most POE fans during the window period before the release of 3.22.
After all, both belong to the field of MMOARPG, and they have competed for many years. The influence of the Diablo series is still much greater than that of POE Expansion. Now it seems that if the news that GGG postponed the release date of POE 3.21 is true, it has to be said to be a wise decision. If they want to release 3.22 shortly after the end of 3.21, the two Expansions will form an angle with Diablo 4 and block it to a certain extent. In addition, at that time, GGG will also release the trailer of Path of Exile 2 The film will also bring about a wave of enthusiasm among old POE fans. If you look at it this way, the situation is three against one, and it is not certain who will win.
Let us wait and see what will happen in June and July this year.