The expansion of the final Path of Exile 3.13 game has been delayed until January because, as the developers explain in a new blog post, the original release date now coincides with the new Cyberpunk 2077 release date.
"Yesterday, CD Projekt Red announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will now be released on December 10 ," wrote designer Chris Wilson in a new blog post. "We don't want to put our players in the position of having to choose between these two games, so we decided to get out of the way and postpone the release of Path of Exile 3.13 until January."
The original release date for update 3.13 was December 11.
Previously, we had a target for a December 11 launch date for our 3.13 expansion. Yesterday, CD Projekt Red announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on December 10th. We decided to postpone the release of Path of Exile 3.13 until January. https://t.co/Jw7PXnd4Bf pic.twitter .com / sL3npV4eH6
– Path of Exile (@pathofexile) October 28, 2020
Wilson says the team from development still expects Path of Exile 3.13 to be completed early by mid-December, but the team will begin work on expansion 3.14 during the month of delay.
Grinding Gear Games will hold a multi-week event for Path of Exile players during the Christmas and New Year holidays as a replacement for the planned expansion.
The developers also warn that the delay will have a slight domino effect and will "probably" cause the release schedule to change slightly during 2021 to accommodate the delay.
Meanwhile, the shockwaves of the latest Cyberpunk 2077 delay are still being felt, not at all by the CD Projekt Red social media team.
Matt T.M. Kim is an IGN reporter.