Following an inquiry by a player on the Path of Exile forums, Grinding Gear Games has revealed that they will be introducing a system that will help those looking for a pickup group when playing the game.
The question raised centered around the world itself, and whether or not it operating on an instance or global architecture. The issue of course being that in non-instanced areas, players could potentially run in and defeat a boss you’ve been fighting and reap the rewards for themselves. This is particularly troublesome for those planning to put time into PoE solo.
This was addressed in a response by Chris from the Grinding Gear Games team, who replied:
The areas are instanced and randomly generated for each party. The only public shared areas are towns and some PvP areas. We’re going to make it very easy to find other people to play with. We haven’t announced our plans for this, but it will definitely help people who want to play in a “pick up group”.
For those who may be unfamiliar with this particular term, a pickup group is a common trait particularly in the MMORPG genre in games such as World of Warcraft, and essentially means a group of random people you don’t know for you to play the game with as opposed to having to find a group yourself.
The action role-playing game Path of Exile is now available on PC, and is currently underway with its closed beta on Xbox One, marking its debut on the console platform.