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Paladins will probably do pretty well for itself on consoles

With its open beta newly available on Steam Early Access, Paladins: Champions of the Realm has stepped into the spotlight. This is a team-based shooter from Hi-Rez, the studio behind SMITE and Tribes: Ascend, and I don't think it's unfair ...   read


Tribes: Ascend gets a final patch and unofficial goodbye

[Header courtesy of Steam user Apoc Hedgie] Tribes 2 was one of my favorite games as a pre-teen. I would wake up super early so I could get some uninterrupted play in on my dial-up modem. That is a piece of technology I haven't thought abou...   read

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Hi-Rez Studios' familiar-looking team shooter Paladins hits open beta

Today marks my first time really looking at Paladins, the new team-based shooter from Smite maker Hi-Rez. So, excuse me if this is well-worn territory by now, but boy does it look familiar. The game comes across as a veritable hodgepodge o...   read

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Smite is hitting PS4 tomorrow, still doesn't have Cross-Play

Ever since Microsoft opened its Cross-Play gates, I've been waiting for Sony to oblige. That would certainly help out fans of SMITE, a game that's getting a PS4 version on May 31, but cannot interact with either the PC or Xbox One editions....   read

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Smite is unlocking all gods and doubling 'everything' for the weekend

Remember Smite? I do, occasionally, before it slips far back in my mind with Heroes of the Storm hogging most of my limited attention for MOBAs. I'm looking over the list of gods now as a refresher, and there's so many unfamiliar faces! Ah ...   read

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Smite on PS4

Smite is coming to the PS4, begins closed beta sign-ups

The cat was out of the bag already, but the free-to-play third-person MOBA, Smite, is officially on its way to the PS4 following an announcement on the PlayStation blog. While the game is already in a closed alpha, Hi-Rez studios plans to h...   read

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Smite developer's Paladins gets a Founder's Pack, beta date

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a thing that exists, and is the newest first-person team shooter project from the folks over at Hi-Rez who created the controversial Tribes Ascend and Smite. While there hasn't been a whole lot of bu...   read

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Free PC games

Tribes Ascend dev releases past Tribes for free

Lot of out of the blue Tribes news this year. Developer Hi-Rez released its appropriately named "Out of the Blue" update to Tribes Ascend after two years of nada back in September. Now, each entry in the series joins Ascend in being free. T...   read

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Paladins behind-the-scenes video goes into the deck-building aspect

Originally announced as just "Paladins," Hi-Rez's free-to-play team-based shooter Paladins: Champions of the Realm is set to have card collection and a sort of deck-building aspect. Details were scant during the announcement, but the video ...   read

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Tribes Ascend

After two years, Tribes Ascend is finally getting a new update

Plenty of people (myself included) have been upset about Hi-Rez’s treatment of the pretty damn excellent FPS Tribes Ascend. Development was abandoned a few years ago, and ever since Smite has been the developer’s core focus. Hi-...   read


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Review: Smite (Xbox One)

Hi-Rez Studios has earned a rather interesting reputation in recent years. After creating Tribes: Ascend, a game heavily reliant on the free-to-play model, fans accused the studio of abandoning the game in record time (roughly a year), to f...   read

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Smite Xbox One

If you want to buy every God in Smite for $30, you have until August 31

If you're into Smite on Xbox One and want access to every current and future character in the game, you might want to start thinking about buying the Founder's Pack soon. Hi-Rez has announced that the $30 bundle will be removed after A...   read

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New Hi-Rez game

(Update) Hi-Rez announces tactical team-based shooter Paladins

[Update: In an email with Destructoid, a Hi-Rez representative confirmed that Paladins will be free to play, but the developer is "still working out the specifics." To prognosticate for a bit, I would personally guess the monetization will ...   read

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Kevin Sorbo returns as Hercules in Smite

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 microtransactions, note that ...   read

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

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 has opened up, I...   read

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Hi-Rez tried to be funny on Kickstarter

[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't been so enth...   read

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

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 real Norse god, ...   read

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Smite's now in closed beta on Xbox One

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 its Xbox One alp...   read

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Hi-Rez is helping out with Nepal relief through SMITE

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 access to skins ...   read

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SMITE bans

Pro SMITE player gets one-year ban

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 few days to a yea...   read

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SMITE on Xbox One
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SMITE's Xbox One alpha is great so far

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 heading to the Xbox O...   read

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

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 of the Storm. ...   read

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Smite Xbox beta
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Smite's Xbox One beta sign-ups are open

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 sure to try Aweso...   read

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SMITE is set for a March 2014 release date

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 Atlanta to celebrat...   read

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SMITE debuts Hel, Goddess of the Underworld

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 -- keeper of the dead,...   read

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