Posts Tagged ‘Hi-Rez Studios’

Paladins: “More Characters, Not Just A Lot Of Variation”

When I was out at Hi-Rez Studios earlier this month the developers gave a presentation about Paladins [official site]. At some point during the presentation CEO Erez Goren crashed the stage and joined in the Q&A (which then turned into an impromptu game dev meeting). As part of that I asked for a bit more information about how flexible the team see the in-game champions as being. The answer touches on character identity and how the players currently approach variation – they want more characters with narrower skillsets and not jacks of all trades.

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Smite World Championships 2016: Grand Finals Day

It’s the grand finals of the Smite World Championship 2016 later today. Half a million dollars is on the line for the winning team (plus you get a massive trophy with a detachable hammer) and, as of yesterday’s semi-finals, the matches just got a lot more tense and interesting. Before the final kicks off let’s take a look at the mindgames and the comebacks which have led two teams to the brink of Worlds victory. Spoilers ahead!

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Smite World Championships 2016: Semifinals Day

The Smite World Championship 2016 contenders have been whittled down to four teams. So far the tournament has involved possibly the fewest upsets of any esports event I’ve attended (precisely zero). But today is where the uncertainty starts to kick in as the final four bring highly skilled players with very different team personalities to the world stage.

Here’s the story so far [with proper spoilers after the jump]:

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Smite World Championship 2016: Day 2

With the placement round out of the way eight teams remain in the running for the Smite World Championship 2016 crown. Now it’s time for some meatier matches in the form of the quarterfinals best-of-3s. To get you up to speed let’s take a look at the story so far and THEN what’s on the cards for today’s teams:

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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 mount is joining the Paladins roster as a standalone hero.]

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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 as the seventy-second addition to the Smite roster. Reading an article in the official Smite magazine, it also seems like the Japanese pantheon in general will be mostly Shinto deities but with scope for some other figures from Japanese mythology. But who is Amaterasu for a Smite player, how does she work and what the heck does Guan Yu have to do with her ultimate?

Read on:

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