The fantasy action role-playing game Path of Exile was released in October 2013. Since the mechanics are very reminiscent of Diablo, you can also attribute the game to the Hack and Slay genre. Although the title can also be played without payment, items or even pets must be purchased with real money.
A mysterious entity known only as The Elder is a new threat to the Atlas while the latest War for the Atlas DLC has been announced in Path of Exile. The Elder haunts the Atlas, spreading decay and battling The Shaper for control.
As you begin exploring the Atlas of Worlds, you'll see map locations that have become tainted by either The Shaper or The Elder. These taints manifest physically in the level, adding greater challenges to contend with. The Elder and The Shaper are at war and its up to you to decide which one wins.
Each time you complete a map, the Elder or Shaper taint spreads like mould to new maps, and it's up to you to try and control it. By completing maps with an Elder or Shaper taint you'll cleanse it, allowing the other to move in and take it over. Players can choose to either destroy the Shaper, the Elder, or try and stop both from spreading and taking over the entire Atlas of Worlds.
If the Elder's taint spreads far enough, he'll manifest in certain maps, killing its boss and stealing its powers to create a guardian similar to the four you'd fight trying to kill the Shaper. So before the Shaper encounter begins, the player must defeat four side bosses at the nexus. After that a portal opens in the middle to the Shaper's arena.
The Shaper is a boss residing in the Shaper's Realm. He is the main antagonist of the Atlas of Worlds expansion. Background information is given through the Memory Fragments shattered across the maps. He is one of the most difficult bosses in Path of Exile, if not the most difficult of them all. His abilities deal very high damage and he has the highest health pool out of any enemy in the game. The fight consists of multiple phases.
The Shaper himself has three phases. At the end of the first and second phases he sends Zana and the player to an area they must traverse with a boss waiting at the end. Killing that boss opens a portal to resume the Shaper fight. The Shaper recovers health slowly between phases.
As the war between the Shaper and Elder rages, challenge their control of the Atlas to find exclusive new rare items that have special properties: Shaped Items and Elder Items. When clearing either type of map, it's possible to find Shaper or Elder gear, which has a special starry or tentacled background. On its own, this gear might not be any different than the normal loot you'd find, but Shaper and Elder gear can have special extremely rare properties randomly pop up while crafting it. Getting these Path of Exile items will be a challenge, because each time you complete a zone looking for them to drop, you're also effectively shrinking that god's taint.