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Paladins

4 weeks ago

Dragons and democracy are coming to Paladins

You'll often hear Hi-Rez described as a company living in Blizzard's shadow. Sometimes, that rings true. Other times, they go ahead and reveal a black female character for Paladins the week after Overwatch fails to - a character named Imani, a mobile damage dealer that can turn into a dragon. You win this round, Hi-Rez. They've also revealed plans for the Assembly of Champions, an…

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Cross-platform play coming to Paladins, Realm Royale and Smite

Two weeks ago, I was sat in a dive bar so scuzzy it was practically underwater. It was there my friend told me he spent nearly all his time playing Paladins on his Xbox, and I learnt two things. 1) Paladins must be bigger than I thought, and 2) platform restrictions can make me sad. Today, in the opening announco-blast of Atlanta's Hi-Rez Expo, Hi-Rez…

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4 months ago

Smite & Paladins devs Hi-Rez splitting into multiple studios

The developers behind Paladins, Smite, Realm Royale, and Tribes: Ascend today announced they're formally splitting into distinct new studios to handle their big games (no, not including Tribes) under an overarching publisher. At the very least, this should assuage some fears about Hi-Rez's track record of ditching older games when their limited teams shifted over to newer games. For now, it seems their three core…

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5 months ago

The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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6 months ago

Realm Royale takes Paladins to battle royale

Take the class-based wizard shooter action of Paladins, riff on the battle royale modes whizzing all over games these days, and bish bash bosh you've got Realm Royale. Hi-Rez's Paladins spin-off, which previously bore the remarkably cheeky name Paladins Battlegrounds, has now properly launched onto Steam Early Access, letting all play for free. Are you a bad enough wizard to murder like 99 other wizards?…

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7 months ago

Free-to-play Overwatch-alike Paladins launches today

It feels almost unfair to call free-to-play 'hero shooter' Paladins an Overwatch clone, but then I look at screenshots like the one above, and another one with a big n' heavy character with a chain-hook attack and... yeah, it's pretty clear that Paladins is riding on Blizzard's coattails. But it's also fun, good-looking, and free to jump into. It's been a regular in Steam's top…

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8 months ago

Paladins officially launches next week

Free-to-play class-based FPS Paladins will launch properly next week, developers Hi-Rez Studios (the Smite lot) announced today, on Tuesday the 8th of May. It's been in open beta testing for almost twenty months, long enough that I'd forgotten it's not actually out-out, and added heaps of heroes and things since then - as well as dabbling in battle royale. Development won't end when it hits…

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10 months ago

Paladins Battlegrounds mode now battling royale in beta

The thing about battle royale modes, right, is that the broad principle can be bent to many different games across different genres. They needn't be 'Playerunknown's Battlegrounds but with...' (Plunkbuts, as I'm sure you already know 'em). Robocraft doing battle royale with weird warbots is pretty decent and certainly different, and now battle royale is meeting class-based fantasy action in Paladins' Battlegrounds mode. Yes, that…

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11 months ago

Paladins plunking it up with new Battlegrounds mode

The Battle Royale genre brewed for a few years, shifting and gurgling trying to find a stable form until Playerunknown's Battlegrounds burst out the barrel and engulfed the world in its murderous foam. Now everyone's drunk on last-man-standing murder and--watch out!--here comes Paladins stumbling down the digital alley, announcing plans to mix its class-based shooter action with a new Battle Royale mode. It's shamelessly named…

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1 year ago

Paladins hits the big 3-oh with its champ roster, plus new map and new-look Ruckus

I remember when team-based FPS Paladins [official site] only had eight characters, when all this was fields *gestures expansively* and when Beanie Babies were a financial investment on a par with an art collection or a real estate portfolio. Cut to the present day where Beanie Babies are now Beanie Millennials drowning in debt and avocado toast, fields are something I invoke only in jokes…

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2 years ago

Willo wisps into the Paladins lineup

A new champ is always a good reason to check back in with Hi-Rez's free-to-play team FPS, Paladins [official site]. This time it's Willo, of the Summer Court. As you can probably tell from the header image and the name, Willo is a nature-themed fairy creature. Skimming her kit she seems to be a mobile pain in the bum, chucking out damage and getting in…

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Texts from Rezzed, Day 2

Day 2 of EGX Rezzed 2017 is underway in That London, where Tobacco Dock [nb: I've discovered it does have a boat but still neither boat trips nor fags -ed.] is filled with games, talks, and lights for three days. We're Rezzed's official "media partner" so we've dispatched Pip, Adam, Graham, and a poorly Alec to poke around, host some talks, interview some developers, and…

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Giveaway: 10,000 More Paladins Champion Skin Keys

Paladins is a first-person shooter in which you customise your characters by building a deck of cards between matches. It's made by Hi-Res, developers of Smite, and also draws on elements of MOBAs and MMOs. It entered open beta last week and at the time we gave away 10,000 codes to unlock the 'Black Ice' skin for one of its champions, a frost/ice witch named…

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3 years ago

Paladins: “More Characters, Not Just A Lot Of Variation”

When I was out at Hi-Rez Studios earlier this month the developers gave a presentation about Paladins [official site]. At some point during the presentation CEO Erez Goren crashed the stage and joined in the Q&A (which then turned into an impromptu game dev meeting). As part of that I asked for a bit more information about how flexible the team see the in-game champions…

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Smite’s Pet Treant Goes Solo, Joins Paladins Roster

"Gonna wash that man right out of my hair." This is both a fantastically useful response to a) a failed relationship and b) to being a long-suffering treant in Smite who has spent their entire time having to carry an elderly god in your branches and have now decided it's time to go it alone in Hi-Rez's FPS game, Paladins [official site]. [Translation: A Smite…

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Paladins Is Now In Beta, With Multiple Ways To Join

Paladins: Champions of the Realm [official site], the next from Smite devs Hi-Rez, is now in closed beta. It's a 5 vs 5 shooter in which you must capture control points, escort siege engines, and destroy your opponent's base, but where the real twist is that your character levels over the course of a match, allowing you to choose from a selection of cards and…

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Peek At Paladins, The Next F2P FPS From Smite Devs

Y'seen those folks behind Tribes: Ascend and Smite are working on a new free-to-play FPS, right? After showings at shows, Hi-Rez Studios are now ready to show Paladins [official site] to those of us who didn't schlep ourselves to shows to see the showings. Show. Show? Showww. Which is to say Hi-Rez have dropped a trailer showing bits of gameplay alongside scenes of people using…

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Paladins: A F2P FPS From Smite Devs Hi-Rez

After starting out under ye olde subscription model with their first game, Global Agenda, Hi-Rez Studios turned it free-to-play and have stuck that way since. Over-the-shoulder MOBA Smite was the first game of theirs that seemed to really take off (poor, dear, sweet Tribes: Ascend, left to fade away). Now they've announced another F2P game, and another FPS - a fantasy "strategic team-based shooter" named…

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