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Posts tagged “Hi-Rez Expo 2018”

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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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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Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics goes into open beta

As our resident person-we-push-towards-digital-card-games-whether-he-likes-it-or-not, Brendy has the most RPS experience with the Smite spin-off, Tactics (now called Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics [official site]). But now pretty much any Tom, Chris or Richard* can develop their own expertise vie the game's open beta which starts... now! In case you need a touch more backstory, Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics is a turn-based collectible…

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