The gods are truly returning to Earth this time, as Hi-Rez Studio’s third-person MOBA SMITE has finally been unshackled from its beta bindings and released to players in both North America and Europe who are eager to pick their favorite Pantheon.
Boasting 3 million registered players and 51 gods across 7 pantheons, SMITE has enjoyed a surprising amount of popularity over its long beta period. According to an info-graph on the official release announcement, SMITE players enjoyed over 74 million hours played racking up a billion player kills. While not on the same level as other more established MOBAs, SMITE’s early financial success can be seen with Hi-Rez’s upcoming $200,000 launch tournament where half of the prize pool was generated from player purchases in-game.
Of course, no MOBA release is complete without a cinematic trailer depicting action which never occurs as it appears in-game, and Hi-Rez wasn’t one to disappoint.
For more details regarding the launch tournament which is scheduled to begin this Friday, March 28th, be sure to check out the full release announcement here.