One of the beauties of games that have large worlds is that there are many different paths to playing a game. Some like to take a straight path, some like to do all the side quests they can, others like to do crafting to ensure they have the best items, and son. For Path of Exile, an interesting trend called “Solo Self-Found” is rising, and in the next update, the team is actually going to track how many players do this.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Solo Self-Found is a self-enforced play style where trading and partying are forbidden. This means that your character’s progress is entirely based on your own efforts, and cannot be influenced by other players. So any items you might get through trading, or teaming up with people through dungeons can not be had, or even be done. It’s basically a unique way to play that can get you a more wholesome experience if you’re willing to stick to it.
Up until this point, this play style was an “honor system”. Meaning, layers could claim they got to certain levels without help, but there wasn’t a way to know for sure. The Content Update 2.6.0 for Path of Exile will make this feature real, so that players can opt-in and have the rules enforced automatically. Their progress will be tracked on a ladder and they can opt a character out whenever they want to play or trade with other players.
To be clear, this will be an optional mode in the game, and as stated above, you can opt-in, and opt out whenever you want. For full details on the mode, and how it will be implemented into the game, check out the Path of Exile link below.