Posts Tagged ‘Hi-Rez Studios’

Smite devs put spin-off Smite Rivals on hold

Barely three months after announcing Smite Rivals [official site], Hi-Rez Studios have confirmed that the game is now on indefinite hold. It’s a free-to-play spin-off from their MOBA Smite, turning the mythological action into a real-time lane-pushing card game. Don’t confuse it with Smite Tactics, their Duelyst-ish turn-based CCG, which is still rolling but a bit bum according to Brendan. Rivals did look designed around pocket telephones but a PC release was coming too. So why are Hi-Rez putting Smite Rivals on ice? Because it wasn’t that good and they’re focusing on Tactics, they say. Read the rest of this entry »

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 and mythical figureheads to get you collecting cards instead of pushing mid. Sadly, it’s as skeletal as an argonaut’s worst nightmare, in dire need of some fleshing out.
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RPS Plays Paladins: character design, Overwatch comparisons, and would we play more

Paladins [official site] is a sci-fi-fantasy first-person shooter in which two teams of five do battle, with each player controlling a ‘champion’ who has a customisable hot bar of skills and who can be upgraded across the course of a round. It’s colourful and popular, but it’s also been accused of being overly similar to Blizzard’s Overwatch. Adam, Brendan, Graham and Pip gathered to play it for an afternoon, and now gather again to discuss those similarities, whether the free-to-play model helps or hurts it, and whether they’d want to play it more.

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Smite Tactics strategy card game puts gods on a grid

Smite Tactics

While out at Hi-Rez Expo 2017 I spent a bit of time with the studio’s turn-based strategy card game, Smite Tactics [official site]. I’ve also been tinkering around with it since I came home – a couple of PvP games here, a campaign mission there… I feel like I’ve played enough to give you an overview of what it is and how it’s different from other games in that genre like Duelyst, but it’s also in that really rough-and-ready state that betrays its closed beta status. It’s very much a work in progress, but let’s have a look at how it’s shaping up.

So first up let’s look at what Tactics actually is. There’s a card-collection and deck building aspect you’ll likely be familiar with if you’ve spent time online with Hearthstone or offline with Magic: The Gathering (to pick two big names out of the air). Then there’s the miniatures-on-a-grid battle side of things which has roots in turn based strategy gaming like Final Fantasy Tactics.

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Hi-Rez reveal Smite-based card game Smite Rivals

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 end up turning into a full-blown franchise. It certainly looks like that’s more the case now that Rivals is being added to the studio’s roster.

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Smite Tactics closed beta offers paid insta-access Founder’s Pack

Smite Tactics [official site] is now officially in closed beta. That’s the turn-based strategy card game from Hi-Rez that uses the same setting as their MOBA, Smite. You build decks and spawn units onto a battlefield – I’ve seen it put in the same category as Duelyst although I haven’t carved out the time to play the latter yet.

Couple this with the other announcement today that Smite Rivals is a collectible card arena game which exists and I’m going to spend the rest of my career double-checking which game I’m actually talking about in any given article. ANYWAY! This is what closed beta means in the context of Smite Tactics:

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