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

‘We love making free-to-play games’

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 below sheds a bit of light on it.

It sounds more like a collectible card game than a deck-building game, as players collect cards and create decks outside of a match only to draw and play them during a battle for various buffs. The video isn’t explicit about pricing, but given that all characters are stated to be available for free, I stand by my initial prediction that the cards are where people will be paying for this. Hopefully it’s not too scummy; I can see that idea turning into pay-to-win very easily.

Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.