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Kevin Sorbo returns as Hercules in Smite


Here's how to get the voice pack
Jul 24
// Jordan Devore
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys star Kevin Sorbo has lent his voice to Hi-Rez Studios' mythology-themed MOBA Smite. How this collaboration didn't happen sooner, I'm not sure. Before crying "disappointed!" over microtransacti...
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SMITE

No more code begging! SMITE enters open beta on Xbox One


You just need Xbox Live Gold
Jul 08
// Jordan Devore
Thanks to its third-person gameplay and familiar mythological characters, SMITE was one of the few MOBAs to win me over. That was years ago, and I've long since lost interest. But now that the game's closed beta on Xbox One h...
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Hi-Rez

Hi-Rez tried to be funny on Kickstarter


Let's all shuffle awkwardly away
Jun 10
// Joe Parlock
[Update #3: A Hi-Rez employee who wishes to remain anonymous confirmed that Andrew Sexton is part of the Hi-Rez marketing team and also provided us with the following comment: "There are a number of employees that haven...

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SMITE

Ratatoskr is a cute new character in SMITE that will happily murder you in your sleep


Awww....aaaaaghhh
May 19
// Chris Carter
SMITE is still trucking along for the long haul on PC and with the Xbox One beta, and developer Hi-Rez Studios has just revealed the newest god -- Ratatoskr. In case you're wondering, yes, that cute little critter is a r...
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Smite

Smite's now in closed beta on Xbox One


Oh goody! Gems! My favourite!
May 15
// Joe Parlock
Hi-Rez’s free-to-play MOBA Smite is now in closed beta on Xbox One. If you want it, you can sign up for it here. While being retooled to fit better with a controller, the game’s also had a few updates from i...
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SMITE

Hi-Rez is helping out with Nepal relief through SMITE


Open chests to contribute
May 13
// Chris Carter
Hi-Rez Studios has just sent over word that they will be contributing to the efforts to aid Nepal, following Ubisoft, CCP, and Bungie's leads. For the price of 400 gems in SMITE, you can buy a chest that will grant you a...
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SMITE bans

Pro SMITE player gets one-year ban


Account sharing is apparently frowned upon
Apr 09
// Laura Kate Dale
If you're into the professional SMITE eSports scene you might notice a couple of names you recognise not being around for a little while as five professional SMITE players have just received a series of bans ranging from a fe...

SMITE's Xbox One alpha is off to a great start

Mar 12 // Chris Carter
While many of you out there probably dislike the lack of ingenuity when it comes to SMITE's roster, I must admit I still love the gimmick of tapping into existing spiritual and celestial beings. SMITE has playable characters representing Norse, Greek, Roman, Hindu, Chinese, Mayan, and Egyptian mythology, and odds are you'll recognize at least a few faces in the crowd. I'm addicted to scrolling through the little bios for each character, like binge-reading a series of Wikipedia entries. Hi-Rez has done a great job making them their own aesthetically. For those who aren't familiar with SMITE, gameplay comes in three varieties currently with the Xbox One alpha -- Arena (5v5 all-out combat), Siege (4v4 with two lanes, the most traditional MOBA experience), and Joust (3v3 with just one lane). Assault and Conquest from the PC version are currently not enabled, but the three aforementioned Xbox modes have a "first win of the day" bonus that grants you extra currency. It's a smart move, as it encourages you to boot up the game, relax, play a few matches, then retire for the evening after getting your bonuses. Heroes of the Storm and many other MOBAs have similar practices, but it feels especially at home on a console for me. The alpha currently does not allow you to connect your existing PC account (although it is promised for the future) or purchase "Gems" (the premium currency), but it has a decent selection of free characters at the moment, as well as the ability to earn "Favor," which allows you to "buy" characters by playing the game. I expect Gems will be sold by way of Xbox Live, and so far, the interface isn't confusing -- all of the cost info is right up front. Currently the going rate is roughly 400 Gems for $8, and each character in the alpha costs 200. The good news is that you can earn about half of the roster by buying each character with Favor, with the earn rate working out to a little less than a week of casual play. It's a little on the high side, but I've seen worse. Plus, the free rotation has been generous so far. [embed]285826:56801:0[/embed] Surprisingly, it controls great on the Xbox One. Everything is extremely easy to pick up, including movement, aiming, and getting to know all four of your character's abilities, which are mapped to the face buttons. Line targeting and even area-of-effect (AOE) powers are easy to aim using both sticks, and I had very little problem getting my powers where they needed to go. Since basic attacks are all done manually, a controller lends itself well to the action-oriented scheme, and using some character's dodge abilities felt more natural. Having the rumble feature go off when a queue is finished pre-match is a nice touch. Currently, the user interface needs a little work. It's a bit dated, and can stand to look a lot sleeker with its console debut. There are also a few minor issues with the current build, like the lack of indication that you're holding down the left trigger to "prep" your currently equipped items. Often times I'd need to use an item like a speed boost in a sticky situation, and it wouldn't go off because I apparently wasn't holding the trigger correctly. So far the visuals are very smooth, even for an alpha, but this is a testing phase after all so everything didn't go off without a hitch. My first match was rocky and unplayable, constantly lagging and counting back the game clock -- I tried to leave, but I couldn't jump into a new game until it was completely finished, which took a fair bit of time. I must say though that nearly all of my matches were very smooth, with little lag involved at all. This bodes well for Hi-Rez considering that it's still early in the console version's life cycle. If Xbox One owners are willing to take the plunge on SMITE, Hi-Rez stands to make quite a bit of money from daily players. The studio is going to have to stay on its game this year however, as there is plenty of competition as more and more developers are jumping into the space. While SMITE still isn't quite at the top of my MOBA list, I think I'm going to make an effort to play more when it arrives on the Xbox One later this year.
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Hi-Rez's MOBA has transitioned well to consoles
There aren't a whole lot of fully featured MOBA games on consoles. While a handful of them exist, some faring better than others, there's going to be a bigger push this year with games like SMITE and Gigantic headin...

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SMITE

Hi-Rez announces more plans for SMITE on Xbox One, including possible transfer process


From your PC account
Mar 02
// Chris Carter
I really enjoyed my time with SMITE, and loved the more action-oriented approach to the MOBA sub-genre. The problem is when I get on my PC, I usually just opt to play something else, like League of Legends or Heroes...
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Smite Xbox beta

Smite's Xbox One beta sign-ups are open


You smite have fun with it
Jan 06
// Jordan Devore
You can now sign up for the Xbox One beta test of Smite, Hi-Rez Studios' third-person, mythological MOBA. I'd recommend it to anyone who's curious about the genre but can't seem to get into Dota 2 or League of Legends. Be su...
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SMITE

SMITE is set for a March 2014 release date


It's been in open beta this whole time
Nov 26
// Chris Carter
I know some of you have been enjoying SMITE for quite some time now, but it's been in open beta for over a year. Finally, Hi-Rez Studios has set a release date -- March 25, 2014. Hi-Rez will have a $100,000 tournament in Atla...
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SMITE

SMITE debuts Hel, Goddess of the Underworld


She can't be good news if she's the daughter of Loki
Oct 10
// Chris Carter
Although SMITE may not have the following that League of Legends and Dota 2 have, it's still a pretty decent game in its own right. It also keeps on trucking with new Gods to choose from, and the newest rework is Hel -- keep...
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SMITE impressions

SMITE is definitely worth your time


A MOBA with some twists
Aug 29
// Chris Carter
It took me quite a while to come around to SMITE. Despite the fact that it was getting rave reviews from some of my Twitter followers, I was already knee-deep in a number of MOBAs, keeping up with Dota 2 and League of Legends...
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Map-making tools in the works for Tribes: Ascend


All is not lost
Jul 18
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The team behind Tribes: Ascend have no more major updates planned for the game in the foreseeable future as they focus development on their MOBA, Smite. All is not doomed for the frantic first-person shooter community though ...
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Tribes

No more 'major' updates for Tribes: Ascend for six months


Studio to shift focus on Smite
Jul 14
// Harry Monogenis
Some rather worrisome news for Tribes: Ascend players has emerged from its development team regarding future support. According to a statement put out by High-Rez Studios' co-founder, there will be an absence of any 'maj...
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SMITE

$10,000 SMITE tournament to be held at PAX East


Event will be streamed to Twitch
Mar 06
// Patrick Hancock
Hi-Rez announced today that an eight-team, 5v5 tournament will be held at PAX East from March 22 - 24 for its third-person free-to-play MOBA SMITE. This is an invitation-only tournament, and seven teams have already been dete...
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SMITE

Hi-Rez introduces one-time payment option for SMITE


Poseidon added as latest character
Feb 28
// Jordan Devore
For games to start off as playable for free with microtransaction support only to shift back to a traditional one-time payment option seems a bit silly, but I'm not about to argue against providing customers with choices. Hi-...
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Tribes: Ascend update

Tribes: Ascend announces a single-purchase option


Unlocks all gameplay content
Feb 13
// Patrick Hancock
I've always wished that free-to-play games would allow me to pay a certain amount of cash upfront and just give me everything I want. Well, Tribes: Ascend is doing exactly that, starting February 15. Stop reading my dia...
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SMITE open beta

Hi-Rez launches open beta for free-to-play SMITE


Now would be a great time to dive in
Jan 24
// Jordan Devore
After spending a generous amount of time in closed beta, SMITE has opened up. The full release isn't here yet, but now players can get into this rather enjoyable MOBA without having to beg for a key. The video above walks th...
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Arena mode and new map added to SMITE


Plus everyone's favorite mischievous god
Nov 02
// Jordan Devore
Hi-Rez Studios' SMITE has been updated with a new team deathmatch-style mode dubbed Arena, including a Colosseum map to play it on. Two teams of five members each earn points for killing other players and minions as opposed t...
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Tribes: Ascend gets new mode, Technician goodies


Aug 22
// Patrick Hancock
Tribes: Ascend has just received an update, adding not only a new mode but a slew of new items and upgrades. CTF Blitz is the mode, which will move the flag to a different location each time it's captured. It will conti...
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This SMITE developer walkthrough highlights Bakasura


Jul 20
// Jordan Devore
In this latest video for Hi-Rez Studio's SMITE, we're given an informative look at another one of the game's playable characters: Bakasura. Beyond running down his various abilities, there's a healthy amount of protips expla...
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Live show: Mash Tactics is playing Tribes Ascend


May 24
// Bill Zoeker
King Foom is looking for a cheap thrill on Mash Tactics today. By "cheap", I of course mean free-to-play, as seems to be a rising trend these days. One of the latest in the genre of first-person shooters is Tribes Ascend, a g...
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SMITE now taking your pre-orders, beta begins soon


May 15
// Patrick Hancock
First of all, don't get confused. The upcoming action-MOBA title SMITE is still free-to-play. However, you can now plunk down twenty of your hard-earned dollars and not only be guaranteed beta access, but you'll get an e...
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Tribes: Ascend is the fast paced free-to-play first-person shooter from Hi-Rez Studio that just launched this past month. A bunch of us at Destructoid have been playing like crazy, including Patrick Hancock. If you haven't t...


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