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2 months ago

Those Avatar: The Last Airbender skins have arrived in Smite

Theological battle arena Smite's gone all Nickelodeon on us today. Those Avatar: The Last Airbender skins Hi-Rez Studios announced last month have arrived, packed inside their own bespoke battle-pass added to the god-smashing MOBA today. They might not be full characters in their own right - instead, possessing three of Smite's existing mythical warriors - but if you've ever wanted to batter Zeus as a…

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3 months ago

Avatar: The Last Airbender skins coming to Smite in weird crossover

The next fighters coming to mythological MOBA Smite are not gods or fantastical creatures at all, they're movie characters. Hi-Rez Studios today announced a cross-over with Avatar: The Last Airbender, the M. Night Shyamalan movie. Aang, Zuko, and Korra (and her dog Naga) are all coming to Smite as skins for existing characters, to be clear, not new characters. They're looking a lot more cartoony…

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2 years ago

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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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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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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3 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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4 years ago

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 a…

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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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Camazotz, Deadly God Of Bats Swoops Into Smite

I did not know that there was a god of bats. I guess that's what happens when you're not a bat and you don't have any observant bat friends. Hi-Rez have heard about the god of bats though, and have invited him to join the cast of their MOBA, Smite [official site]. His name is Camazotz, by the way, and he fits into the assassin…

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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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Susano Storms Into Smite’s Playable Pantheon

Smite's [official site] pantheon of playable gods continues to expand apace with the addition of Susano, God Of The Summer Storm. He's from Japanese mythology and is the brother of an earlier addition, Amaterasu. In terms of sibling rivalry, they seem like quite the handful. One account I'm looking at describes the fallout from an argument about who wins a creation challenge. Apparently Susano destroys…

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5 years ago

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 character's…

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Amaterasu Leads Smite’s Japanese Pantheon

Smite [official site] developers, Hi-Rez, have been teasing their Japanese pantheon for a while now but they've been keeping tight-lipped over which deities they were working on. All president, Stew Chisam, would tell me a few months back was that we could expect a goddess. Amaterasu, a sun (and universe) deity from the Shinto religion, was a common guess and today's announcement officially confirmed her…

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