Grinding Gear Games launched the latest expansion for its action role-playing game Path of Exile today. War for the Atlas is available now on PC. It will come out for the Xbox One version later this month.

This is Path of Exile’s seventh expansion since launching in 2013. The game is free-to-play, and that includes all expansions. Path of Exile supports itself with microtransactions, like additional stash tabs and character slots. Players can also buy cosmetic items like pets and armor skins.

Despite its age, Path of Exile is growing. According to Grinding Gear Games, the ARPG saw a 58 percent increase in hours played in 2017 compared to 2016. The constant release of updates and expansions has kept players engaged, and Path of Exile has proved a popular alternative to Diablo III for those looking for something more similar to the classic Diablo II. Path of Exile also adds new content more frequently than Diablo III.

War for the Atlas adds 32 new maps for the end-game and a new boss, the Elder. The expansion also adds new weapons, armor, and gems.

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