Hi-Rez Studios, the team behind SMITE, has announced their next foray into the free to play game space with “Paladins: Champions of the Realm.” The team based, first person shooter combines elements of fantasy with the progression of card based games to augment abilities and stats. Paladins is currently slated to release on the PC and current-generation consoles.

“We’ve managed to keep Paladins under wraps for over a year now, so the dev team is really looking forward to receiving feedback from the hands-on demo at Gamescom,” said Todd Harris, COO at Hi-Rez Studios. “We’ve focused on making something we find fun and competitive, and soon players will help us craft how Paladins grows from here.”

In Paladins, teams are pitted against one another to capture control points and demolish the enemy’s base while defending their own. Each combatant enters the battle with a primary weapon, a set of combat and movement abilities, and a personal mount to carry them quickly from one fight to the next. Players begin each match with a customizable deck of skill cards which can be activated and evolved upon leveling up in-match for enhanced strength, defense or utility throughout the session.

If you’re headed to Gamescom you’ll be able to get some hands on time with the game, if not, pay the new Paladins website a visit to sign up for beta and check out some information on some of the game’s heroes. Release is currently scheduled for 2016.

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.


  1. Pls Hi Rez, you got a good thing going on with Smite, Every time you do something new, then abandon the previous project. Smite is the best MOBA out there, don’t screw it over with this….

  2. They trashed Tribes, one of the most unique PC shooters on the market, for this? It looks like another Gigantic/Overwatch.

    Don’t bother with this. It’ll just end up full of bugs that they never fix, and then they’ll abandon it in favor of SMITE, just like they did with Tribes: Ascend.

  3. So, they finally didn’t need to kill their current game to fund the development of another game? that’s surprising…

    I wouldn’t advise people to try this next title though, if they didn’t use SMITE as a cash cow to make this game, this will probably be their new cash cow and the one that will die in a year

      • A long while ago, on the free to play cast, one of the hosts was tired of seeing “First” on every post and wanted to make a new “First”. He spit-balled the idea of “Mounted” (I cant remember why) and it just stuck

      • It was from one of the first mmobomb podcasts. One of the guest speakers (I cant remember who said that games should have mounts which ride the player. Then magicman said instead of the typical “First!” you see on many posts he would like you to see people say “mounted!”


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