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Posts tagged “Hi-Rez Studios”

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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Feature: Counting your chickens

Realm Royale general guide: tips and tricks to win

With their new game Realm Royale, Hi-Rez are taking on the likes of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite, but instead of taking what's already successful and simply slapping their name on it, they've brought more of a unique spin on the genre. It's set in the same fantasy world as Paladins, for example, and it adds forges to craft gear and the ability to scrap weapons into resources.…

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Feature: Know your role

Realm Royale classes: how to use them and what spells to grab

Perhaps the strangest thing for new players of Realm Royale is knowing the differences between the various classes on offer. Each one has a uniquely different play style with a host of abilities to master, as well as their own unique class legendary weapon to craft at the forge. This guide will take you through each one, detail what spells and weapons to grab, and…

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Feature: Come see the sights

Realm Royale map: where to drop, best places to loot

Like most battle royale games these days, the best loot in Realm Royale tends to be in locations that have larger clusters of buildings. With five different climates crammed into one tiny island, it's a bit difficult to know exactly where the best places are to drop for loot. But knowing where to go is only half of what you need to know and so…

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Feature: All that shiny loot!

Realm Royale weapons and armour: how to find them and which are the best

The most important loot in all battle royale games like Realm Royale are the weapons and armour. Without them, you can't exactly do much to your enemy beyond flailing a small knife around. Obviously this is going to be about as much use as it sounds, what with the amount of weapons that you can find just lying there in chests, waiting to be snagged…

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Feature: A poultry task

Playstyle Royale: Once, twice, three times a chicken

This is Playstyle Royale, where I head into Playerunknown's Battlergounds a battle royale game and try to win my chicken dinner while adhering to arbitrary rules. This time's a bit different, because I'm more interested in becoming a chicken than winning one. I'm playing Realm Royale, the battle royale spin off to Hi-Rez's Paladins. One of its best ideas is that when you run out…

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Feature: Reams of fun

Realm Royale injects battle royale with tasty new ideas

I’m surprised by how much I like Realm Royale, the free-to-play battle royale spin-off to Hi-Rez's Paladins. This is battle royale by way of wizards, and an even goofier spin on the genre than Fortnite’s. Neither has the same tension as Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, but - oddly - this isn’t really a game about tension. This is a game about soaring into the air, whacking down…

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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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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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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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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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Hand of The Gods: Smite Tactics is out today

It seems that Fable Fortune isn't the only lesser-known CCG leaving Early Access this week. While a little more timely than it's genre-cousin due to Smite still being a regular favourite on the competitive MOBA circuit, Hand Of The Gods: Smite Tactics looks like it may be struggling a bit already with its launch today into a very crowded genre as it leaves Early Access.

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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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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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Feature: Update Night

Has Paladins been improved by its updates?

Playing Paladins is like walking into a supermarket in another country: you recognise most of the stuff in there, but everything is slightly wrong. But where exotic hypermarches have tubes of Prângles, cartons of Jiffy Cakes, and peanut-flavoured toothpaste, Paladins has bizarro versions of characters from Dota 2, Team Fortress, and Overwatch.

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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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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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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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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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