Hi-Rez Studios, the developers of Smite have revealed their latest game, Paladins a free-to-play team-based shooter with strategic character progression that will be enabled through decks of ability-boosting collectable card decks. The description to these types of games just gets longer, but it’ll be interesting to see if the game offers anything new.
“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 will be pitted against each other. Each combatant enters the arena his or her primary weapon and a set of combat and movement abilities. Players will have a customisable deck of skill cards which can then be activated and evolved to level up in match to enhance strength, defense or utility throughout the game.
“Paladins has been a passion project of ours from the beginning,” commented Mick Larkins, senior producer on the title. “We’ve dedicated a separate team from SMITE to work on it, and while we are still early in development, we know we’re crafting something very special. Paladins is extremely quick, with a great deal of depth in how it blends action, tactics, and teamwork, and we’re excited for gamers to start discovering all it has to offer.”
Paladins will be a first person shooter and promises fast action. How this playing style will also be able to offer the deep strategy elements will be interesting to see.
Paladins will be coming to PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One in 2016.
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