On this episode, Paladins gets a payment style overhaul that is the complete opposite of what the President of Hi-Rez Studios advertised the game to be.

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Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

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  1. anticriminal on March 14, 2016

    Its a shi t moba who cares, soon after game will b e f2p like, then game will go down, long story shotrt, look at same politic games gw2, wildstar and many more wich are down already, shi t and scammer should go to pip sooner or latere.

  2. Freegamesrule on March 12, 2016

    What is this guy talking about?? The game was always going to be where you unlock all heroes by playing the game, same as lol, smite, dirty bomb, and most free games. This site makes so many bad videos full of lies trying to get people to complain about good games. Smite gets a ton of free content out each month, a great moba. Hirez is a friendly company, I fully support their games

    • Magicman Author on March 12, 2016

      Actually, that wasn’t their plan at all, hence the “goof up.” Their plan was that all heroes would be unlocked and be free (not even bought with gold), not a MOBA style “earn them or pay money” format. Here’s just one example of MANY you can search for citing that: http://forums.paladins.com/showthread.php?912-About-new-heroes-releases-always-free-or-buy-with-gold

      Also, their new FAQ on the change starts right off with “they were going to all be free, what changed?” http://forums.paladins.com/showthread.php?5014-Champion-Acquisition-FAQ

      Again though, I, and many others like the change itself, it’s just very poor PR and marketing to have made such a big deal about all heroes always being free then to roll that back and add in monetization. THAT’s the goof up, in my book, not the actual decision itself (as I mentioned)…although Jason may not agree with me 🙂

    • Anonymoose on March 13, 2016

      HI-Rez is not a friendly company. They are a mediocre publisher at best and definitely are not pro-consumer, like many other publishers.

    • anticriminal on March 14, 2016

      What a brainless degenera te, google facts if u dont have brains and are sick fanboy

  3. bill obama on March 12, 2016

    this website practices censorship and is garbage, just like the games that show up here.

    • Magicman Author on March 12, 2016

      Not sure what you think was censored. There isn’t a single comment on this post awaiting moderation if it was on this post. If it was some other post feel free to let me know which post and I’ll be happy to check why it went to moderation and why it may not have been approved for you.

  4. Derpina on March 12, 2016

    Hi-Rez is PURE CANCER. SMITE is pure garbage. Look how they treated their only mmorpg that had HUGE potential to pull fans back in…They ofificaly stop working on it, revisit it saying they want to launch a new titles, same game, just the PvP part of it….then abandoned that all together, then abandoned TRIBES. And now they want to copy a Blizzard game for a cash grab. XD *barf

  5. HD32PLAY on March 12, 2016

    Huh I always thought that the Champions in Paladins would have to be unlocked (like every other free game with different classes/champions). With the beta pool sure everyone needs to have them to keep the game from going stale.

    Once it goes live though, having to unlock your champions is the main form of progression and what keeps the free players occupied. People that know they like the game, can pay less than a full game to get all the champions and then just pay for the customization they like. Just like Smite which is still imo the best monetization system I have seen in a free to play.

    Still think Paladins is dead once Overwatch comes out like 😀

  6. Remb on March 12, 2016

    Hi-Rez has done this before in other games. Companies don’t learn from their mistakes, so players must learn to avoid those that make mistakes.

  7. NGoHT on March 12, 2016

    Not a big issue, just dont make it slow like in that boring Smite cuz thats terrible (like the whole art style of that game anyway. Jingling boobs, etc? really?).

  8. A person on March 12, 2016

    First off have you even read what they have been saying lately? If they plan to make it like smite where there is a free rotation and champions are unlockable. They can do that, it’s their game. However you don’t HAVE to buy the champions with real money. Also, they have said there will be a champions pack getting all heroes, whether that will include future heroes is unsure. But if at all like smite all of them will be free via unlocking using ingame currency(gold coins). Secondly they need more champions/heroes the roster is a little small and if you think that doesn’t work in a 5v5 shooter based MOBA type game, just take a look at Overwatch. Overwatch may have more players in matches but they have a much larger roster with counters to almost every one of their heroes while paladins unfortunately does not. That’s all i’ll say.


    • Magicman Author on March 12, 2016

      Umm, all of which we mentioned in the video (Jason even says that champs have to be unlocked with in-game currency or real cash) and said MAY be good for the game. The larger point was not to publicly state your plan then change it drastically on the money front.

      • A person on March 12, 2016

        It seemed to me like you were saying that you have to spend real money to unlock the champions and such. I was trying to say that’s not exactly the case. I got caught up in a rabbit trail. Thanks for taking the time to respond to my post though.

      • Kiyoi777 on March 12, 2016

        Hi-Rez said it was going to be like smite originally. When they first started talking about the game. They didn’t change it drastically or really at all. The champions are free, you earn them in game. They NEVER stated that you’d only have to buy cards. Or at least on their forums/reddit they never said that. Not only that but you can’t buy cards with real money. Or at least from what I played.

        People are mad about the founders pack, but they never stated the champions would come with it. Paladins is a first person moba. At least half the people playing it, knew that. As they said, champions are free, you earn them. It was everyone else who was confused and took their words and twisted them.

        I really like these f2p police videos, but this shouldn’t have been one. Paladins is a moba and they are only doing what mobas do. Charge you for champions and skins. The cards, which are like League Runes, can only be bought with in game gold. Which you can’t buy.

  9. ngyhrf on March 12, 2016

    they are not games anymore, they are scams, rather just buy a full fricking game instead

  10. Fortegs on March 11, 2016

    Paying for champions is something we’ve all come to expect, and is acceptable. But cmon man, choose one or the other. Also stories like this always makes me wonder what sort of communication goes on that makes them feel comfortable with going completely against their own word. Not exactly angry just more…disappointed.