Grinding Gear Games has touted over 265K concurrent players at launch for their latest Path of Exile: Echoes of the Atlas expansion. This cemented the game as their most successful expansion to date, and pushed POE to the 4th most popular game on steam during launch.
When you manage to break your expectations like Grinding Gear Games did with their latest expansion, you deserve to toot your own horn a little. With the latest expansion for Path of Exile, close to 800K unique viewers tuned in to check out the Echoes of the Atlas debut livestream. The team has also stated that player numbers were 11% higher than their next most successful launch, Delirium, which released back in March of 2020. Chris Wilson, co-founder of Grinding Gear Games spoke to the exceptional numbers and response they saw to the expansion by stating:
“Echoes of the Atlas has been Path of Exile's most successful expansion so far. We are so pleased to still be setting new player number records after over 30 quarterly league releases since 2013. It shows us that our development methodologies are evolving in the right direction as we work towards completing Path of Exile 2."
-Chris Wilson, co-founder of Grinding Gear Games
Path of Exile originally released in October of 2013, but has seen some renewed attention as they have almost tripled their community since August of 2017.