At this year’s ExileCon, Grinding Gear Games revealed that Path of Exile Mobile is currently in development, and early gameplay footage looks fantastic. Between this and the upcoming release of Diablo Immortal, players will have access to two mobile titles, one being a great ARPG, and the other being a Diablo game.
The creation of a mobile version of Path of Exile is not surprising when considering the recent acquisition of the developer by Chinese tech company Tencent in May of 2018. The mobile user base in Asian markets has been viewed as particularly lucrative, and having a high-quality title is sure to be profitable.
Tencent is no stranger to mobile gaming and is one of the most dominant gaming companies in China. Since 2011 they have hosted popular games in the Call of Duty series, and are now owners of League of Legends, the popular MOBA that is also being ported to mobile devices. Over the past few years Tencent has also gained part ownership of other massive games, including Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Ring of Elysium.
Path of Exile may seem slightly out of place compared to the games offered or partially owned by Tencent, but the game is a perfect fit for the mobile market. First, the game is already Free to Play with cash purchases only available for microtransactions of cosmetic items, and this model has been wildly successful for Grinding Gear Games since 2013.
Second, mobile ARPGs are a big hit in China, and Tencent would have reason to want to capitalize on that market. Crusaders of Light and Endless of God are two popular games, and were subject of controversy with regards to Diablo Immortal, which many claimed to simply be a reskin of those other popular games. One could easily be mistaken in thinking this to be the case, especially when looking at the watered-down mechanics in the upcoming Diablo Immortal.
Path of Exile Mobile looks to take an already great game and simply make it mobile, with zero compromise to the gameplay or complex mechanics that players have come to expect over the years. As explained in the trailer, players will feel right at home with the mobile version of the game, and the only real difference is that maps will be smaller, as players use their mobile devices for shorter periods of time compared to PC and console gaming.
We cannot wait to give the game a try, and more importantly, to compare the gameplay between it and Diablo Immortal.