Are you interested in flying to New Zealand to attend PoE convention? Yes, you did not hear wrong. GGG have recently been considering the idea of running a Path of Exile convention in New Zealand late next year, as a great opportunity to meet their fans and to announce 4.0.0.
As these events take a long time to plan, GGG wanted to find out how many of their players would be interested in flying to New Zealand to attend a convention like this.
They’re planning to hold ExileCon in their home city of Auckland, New Zealand. This allows all of their developers to attend and lets them run a larger and more interesting event than if they had to arrange it in a foreign city.
Here’s some of the stuff they would love to have at ExileCon:
- Announcement of whatever the next large expansion is (tentatively December 2019’s 3.9.0, according to their schedule)
- Announcement of the 4.0.0 mega-expansion
- A play area with computers set up for demos of all products announced
- Talks from Grinding Gear Games developers about their areas of expertise
Finals of various tournaments
- A Merchandise shop
- Developer signing sessions
- Some type of party
- Swag bag potentially containing exclusive microtransactions and some physical items.
Because they’re planning to hold ExileCon in New Zealand, travel costs may be expensive for many of their users. This is why they’re announcing their intention to investigate this event so early. New Zealand is a beautiful place to visit in Summer, so they figured that if they give enough notice, people can plan more extensive holidays around New Zealand after attending ExileCon.
They don’t yet know how expensive tickets to ExileCon will be, but the predominant cost is likely to be the international travel and accommodation in Auckland. They’ll try to arrange discounted hotel rooms for attendees and offer various tickets options to meet different budgets.
To all non-kiwis! I highly suggest flying down to NZ at some point in your lives, it is a beautiful place and a very welcoming place. If you have the time and the budget, come down during ExileCon and plan for a sight-seeing trip for the week after. Two birds with one stone. For more news on PoE, please click https://www.u4gm.com/path-of-exile.