Path of Exile, the free to play ARPG from Grinding Gear Games, has officially kicked off the closed beta for its upcoming patch, The Awakening. You can still sign up for the closed beta on the game’s website and if you’re really bored you can watch the timer on the home page that gives away closed beta access every 5 minutes.
So you may be asking yourself, “Why are they holding a closed beta just for a new patch?” Fair question. Not only is The Awakening adding a ton of new story content, skills, items, and all of the other usual fare one would expect to find in a game patch, but some of the main gameplay mechanics are receiving an overhaul from the very beginning levels.
User Interface updates, a fully re-balanced game, and even a new jewel system to supplement your passive skill tree are all examples of such large scale changes being made that warrant some beta love before being implemented in full.
Take a peek through the game’s forums for even more information on the massive amount of changes coming and why a lot of them are welcome additions for players.