Grinding Gear Games announced that the second round of the open beta test for their popular action RPG Path of Exile will begin Wednesday, June 5th (New Zealand time). A wealth of new gameplay features have been implemented, including two four-month leagues that will provide players with new gameplay, new Unique items, and eight exclusive achievement-like Challenges.
The 0.11.0 update also includes a significant re-balance of game areas and monster abilities. All monster damage has been reduced, corresponding with reductions to passive skills involving player Life and Energy Shield. Now characters rely much less on life than before, compensating with defensive options such as armor. Although melee characters benefit most from this re-balance, previously underpowered builds have also seen substantial improvements. As a result of these changes, players will receive a full reset of their passive skills via a single-use button.