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2 months ago

Feature: Throwing shade

Is Hi-Rez living in Blizzard’s shadow?

Hi-Rez, the developers of Smite and Paladins, don’t have it easy. They compete head-on with Blizzard’s juggernauts; with their fingers stuck in the same hero-shooter-flavoured pies the comparisons are inevitable, and rarely favourable. Depending on whose questionable extended metaphors you listen to, you might hear it argued that they spend their time looking at where their competitors’ fingers are, and then follow suit. You might…

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Feature: Not so high res

A sloppy setup marred the Smite and Paladins World Championships

The Smite and Paladins World Championships didn't get off to an impressive start. Several thousand fans gathered around several adjacent screens occupying the back wall of Dreamhack Atlanta, each blasting out hype reels with near identical scripts. It was cookie-cutter drama played in disconcerting semi-stereo, leaving me uncomfortable in half a dozen different ways.

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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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5 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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7 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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12 months ago

Feature: Update Night

Has Smite been improved by its updates?

Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they've been changed for better or worse. Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of the Hindu faith, is legendarily generous, wise, and optimistic. He’s a patron of the arts and sciences, and busies himself by working to remove obstacles in the path of honest and caring people. It’s not really on then,…

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1 year ago

Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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2 years ago

Smite offers free Hercules-themed dungeon to players

I tried to wait out the Smite: Trials of King Hercules microsite loading loop by listening to the Disney Hercules soundtrack. Alas, the loading loop is indeed an eternal loop for me and I moved on to Moana before remembering I was supposed to write/finish/publish a news story. Let's listen to Moana's You're Welcome and then I'll explain Smite's new MMO dungeon-style event:

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Smite’s karting minigame, Apollo’s Racer Rumble

Smite [official site] has picked up a little karting mode for a limited time in the form of Apollo's Racer Rumble. It's pretty standard for MOBAs to offer up modes beyond the regular lane-pushing slugfest and often developers use limited time alternate modes to push the boat out a bit in terms of what you do with the characters. Where the mode you'll see in…

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Feature: Odin out for a hero

Premature Evaluation: Smite Tactics

Every Monday Brendan prays to the gods of early access for favour, power and a winning hand. This week, the collectible card game battler Smite Tactics [official site] Being a fan of Duelyst’s card-based lunacy, I was more than happy to dip my toes into Smite Tactics at Pip’s suggestion. It’s a spin-off CCG from the makers of the same-named MOBA, using their collected gods…

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Hi-Rez reveal Smite-based card game Smite Rivals

Hi-Rez Studios have announced a new project – Smite Rivals [official site] – billed as a collectible card arena game featuring familiar faces from its MOBA, Smite. Given Hi-Rez are also developing Paladins (which features some nods to Smite) and Smite Tactics which is a turn-based strategy card game also set in the same universe as Smite, I've been wondering if the mythology-and-deity Smite-iverse would…

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Smite Season 4 brings new pantheon, new map

Along with all the new game announcements/closed beta phases and whatnot, Hi-Rez's god-themed MOBA, Smite [official site] is getting its annual overhaul. The Season 4 changes include a Celtic-focused event to mark the first character from that pantheon (The Morrigan), an Egyptian-themed Clash map, item updates, changes to ranked play, integrated voice chat, multi-queueing and the addition of Rituals to name just a few. Here's…

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Smite Tactics Announced, A Turn-Based Action Spin-Off

Smite developers Hi-Rez today announced Smite Tactics [official site], a turn-based spin-off from their MOBA. Smite Tactics will combine turn-based combat with collect-o-deckbuilding card antics for both competitive multiplayer and a spot of singleplayer. No word yet on when - or how - it'll fully launch but a beta will come later this year.

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Wizard Battle: Smite Adding First PvE Mode This Week

You'll have noticed the "No more than nine wizards at a time" handwritten sign in the corner shop window. It's common knowledge that ten wizards together will inevitably brawl over some Ancient, Nexus, Titan, pick 'n' mix, or goodness knows what. Here's a secret: five wizards are just as unsafe, as they'll group up on an 'epic quest' and wander the neighbourhood to fight something,…

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eGames Announce Which Games Are Going To Rio

The competitive games being featured as part of the eGames competition over in Rio from 15-16 August has been announced. Remember the eGames? They were announced a little while ago as an esports tournament that would run alongside the Olympics in Rio but wouldn't actually be part of the Olympics. So a kind of Olympics-ish-by-proximity affair which seemed to be experimenting with the idea of…

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3 years ago

Smite World Championship 2017 Dates, Paladins Invitational, Spiralized Potatoes

The dates for the Smite World Championship have been announced for 2017: 5-8 January. This time around it will be taking place alongside a Paladins Invitational as well as the existing Xbox version of the professional Smite [official site] scene. In fact, all the accompanying bells and whistles mean developers Hi-Rez are referring to the Atlantan shindig as the Hi-Rex Expo rather than the Smite…

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