Posts Tagged ‘Hi-Rez Studios’

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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Smite Season 4 brings new pantheon, new map

The Morrigan

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 rundown of the main points.

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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 jungler class. Let’s take a closer look… Read the rest of this entry »

Tribes: Ascend Gets Final Update, Again

Eleven months after Tribes: Ascend [official site] unexpectedly received the ‘Out of the Blue’ update, reviving development on the superfast multiplayer FPS, here comes ‘Parting Gifts’. Update 1.4 is now out and seems to be the end for this fleeting reinvigoration. 1.4 is less flashy than some of the recent patches, mostly bringing one last set of balance tweaks and bug fixes. You’re a big boy now, Tribes: Ascend.

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Giveaway: 10,000 More Paladins Champion Skin Keys

Paladins is a first-person shooter in which you customise your characters by building a deck of cards between matches. It’s made by Hi-Res, developers of Smite, and also draws on elements of MOBAs and MMOs. It entered open beta last week and at the time we gave away 10,000 codes to unlock the ‘Black Ice’ skin for one of its champions, a frost/ice witch named Evie. Those keys were gone with 24 hours, so here’s a second batch of 10,000. Have at it.

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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, anything. ‘PvE’, they call it. A bloody nuisance, I say. Last night I found five steaming wizards tangled in my washing line shouting e.g. “It’s casting Root!” and “Watch the adds!” while swatting at the peg bag.

Citizens, be alert. Smite [official site] is adding its first PvE mode this week, and the five-wizard arena battles of Xing Tian’s Mountain will only encourage that rabble.

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