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.

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  1. darknopror on October 19, 2015

    know what this is rlly serious smite is now RIP

  2. Coffee on August 4, 2015

    rip smite

    • darknopror on October 19, 2015

      you are right

      • darknopror on October 19, 2015

        I hope that some people will still play SMITE so i can find a match instead of this fucking game PALADINS THE FUCK this is the new name of this game rlly bullshit

  3. HD32PLAY on August 4, 2015

    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….

  4. fromhelll on August 3, 2015

    same old characters, the dwarf, elf, knight, i already don’t want to play it,

  5. Trumbles on August 3, 2015

    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.

    • detestt on August 4, 2015

      Well if they are making another IP, that means Tribes will cease to exist at all. Wouldn’t surprise me if they kill the servers permanently.

      • darknopror on October 19, 2015

        you know SMITE would also be full of bugs and it will not be fixed ever as TRIBES: ASCEND

  6. Nova on August 3, 2015

    so dirty bomb?

  7. Urs-00 on August 3, 2015

    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

  8. Todoran on August 3, 2015

    damnn mobas… i hoped they wjould be gone till now….

    • Cyril on August 23, 2015

      People play MOBAs, why in the fuck do you want them gone? Don’t play any of them and you’ll live.

    • Cyril on August 23, 2015

      And you’ll be gone by the time MOBAs are gone.

  9. TORK on August 3, 2015


    • Master on August 3, 2015

      on top of me

    • Pleb on August 3, 2015

      Why do I see this in every post’s comment section, and what does it mean here?

      • Berney on August 3, 2015

        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

      • oldskoolkool on August 3, 2015

        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!”