As you know, we have an alternating expansion/large patch cycle that looks like this:
Our next update, 2.5.0, will follow this pattern and contains a challenge league as well as a content update. It's also the last such release in the 2.x.x series, as we're heading towards the release of Path of Exile 3.0.0 next year.
We're currently aiming to release 2.5.0 on either December 2 or December 9, US time. We'll provide a more firm release date in a couple of weeks when we do our official announcement. Alongside the new challenge league and various other updates, this will also mark the official release of our new DirectX 11/64 bit Path of Exile game client. We've been working hard to make sure that both it and the regular DirectX 9 version run as fast as possible. It's a big improvement.
We're also planning to run an opt-in test of the new DirectX 11/64 bit client in our upcoming 2.4.2 update, which will likely be released mid-next-week. It also includes three new channelled skills (Blade Flurry, Scorching Ray and Blight). Please try it out and let us know how it runs on your machine!
As a side note, we've actually included most of the miscellaneous bug fixes and small features from 2.5.0 in the 2.4.2 update, for a few reasons:
on Nov 7, 2016, 9:07:11 PM
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