Path of Exile Public Beta Weekend Announced and Screens

The Path of Exile Beta servers will open for public access at 5pm PDT on Friday, March 30. Public access will end at 11:59pm PDT Sunday night, April 1
Along with these two new screenshots, Grinding Gear Games today announced that a beta weekend for its action RPG, Path of Exile, will be open to the public for stress testing this weekend: March 30th - April 1st, 2012. All of Path of Exile's current content may be played during the public stress test weekend, including the upcoming 0.9.8 Beta patch, which adds new skills, improved social features and numerous balance improvements.
Players participating in the stress test weekend will be ranked on a ladder web page, showing who has gained the most experience. A separate ladder is available for players playing in 'Hardcore' mode where characters are removed if they die. Developer-run events, such as two hour ladder races and competitions to full-clear areas first, will occur throughout the weekend with details posted on the Path of Exile website.