It really is April Fools' Day, so do not trust anything you read. Most developers will make a throwaway announcement that may make you double take, chuckle for a couple of seconds, then move on, but Grinding Gear Games has gone the entire hog and temporarily transformed its free-to-play action RPG Path of Exile(buy PoE Items) into a 100-player battle royale game. Seriously.

"Based on community feedback, we're announcing that we've got abandoned the action RPG genre to focus on what players actually want. Path of Exile is being replaced by Path of Exile: Royale, a 100-person free-for-all battle royale game," it said on its web site. It claims that it only took one day of improvement to make the switch.

Once again, this really is legit: my game is updating on Steam as I variety this. It'll rename itself in your library and you are going to be able to jump straight into a round. Just like in other battle royale games, there's an ever-shrinking red zone to avoid (the direction from the zone's centre is shown in your character's feet), however the Path of Exile-twist is that you will have to fight computer-controlled monsters too as other players. Final one standing gets Path of Exile Items a Rhoa Dinner.

Presumably, it'll switch back on Monday. But what if the player count skyrockets (no sign of that but, but it's still early)? Will Grinding Gear keep it in as a separate game mode? Surely that should be inside the back with the team's minds. For now, it appears like a fun alter of pace in the regular game, and it may possibly be worth diving in if you possess a spare half hour.

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