Kiwi action RPG Path of Exile's popularity continues to rise.

The free-to-play fantasy game's latest update was its most successful yet, resulting in a 40-percent increase in the number of players in-game.

Update 2.6.0 and the accompanying Legacy Challenge League achieved a peak online player count of 112,800 on Friday, March 3.

A total of 65,000 of those players were on Steam, which made Path of Exile the third most active game on the platform during the time frame, only trailing perennial favorites Dota 2 and CS:GO.

The game's September 2016 Atlas of Worlds launch garnered a 19-percent peak-user increase over the June 2016 Prophecy launch, while December's Breach launch was up 34-percent over September.

Overall, Path of Exile has more than doubled its player base in the last nine months.

The game's growth looks to continue with the forthcoming update The Fall of Oriath, which will introduce six new acts of gameplay content, and herald the game's arrival on Xbox One.