Looking for something to do this weekend? How about spending a little time with free to play action MMORPG Path of Exile, which is throwing open the beta doors to everyone who's able to play between March 30 and April 1.
The whole event is part of the on-going testing for the game - this time around, developer Grinding Gears is checking how well the Path of Exile servers can hold up under the weight of the entire world, before officially entering open beta in "a few months".
Path of Exile has been upgraded to Beta version 0.9.7, with a whole bunch of new changes still in the works for 0.9.8, due out - hopefully - before the gates open on Friday. The game's been rebalanced, and is set to receive a bunch of new skills, extra social functionality in the new patch - and the developers want your feedback!
Given all the recent changes - and the upcoming ones - everybody who's been playing the Beta to date will be migrated into the Legacy League, meaning gamers will have a fresh economy and nice new ladder in the Default and Hardcore Leagues (this sort of migration is nothing new, Grinding Gears did the same thing back in December with the 0.9.5 update).
A handy countdown on the official Path of Exile website shows that festivities will kick off in 3 days and 20 hours or so at time of writing - so get yourself organised, pack some tasty snacks and organise a few mates to join you online - this one could be a bit of fun. Keep an eye out too, for developer-run events kicking off at four different times over the weekend, just to keep things interesting.
Jimmy the Geek