Paladins introduces two new game modes in today’s ‘Chicken Patch’

Hi-Rez’s online shooter Paladins is undergoing a major patch for its ongoing closed beta today. The so-dubbed “Chicken Patch” introduces new game modes, Survival and Payload, the latter of which is played out in a new map called Outpost:

“Attackers must attempt to push the Payload along the tracks to the Defenders base to win the game. Defenders must keep the Attackers off the Payload cart long enough for the time to run out. If the Attackers reach the checkpoints they gain additional time.”

There’s much more to the update, including a big balance pass for champions. We’ve included both tutorial videos below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y78Y2UH5uR4

Source: Official forums. With special thanks to MOBA maven Sorenthaz!
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Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

“MOBA maven”… 
Now imagining a Chain Chomp with a monocle sitting back in a fancy chair and sipping a wine labeled after a MOBA.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

nahenway There’s really becoming less and less comparison between the two beyond initial appearances.  They don’t even play the same.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

PurpleCopper agemyth People will find any reason to quickly dismiss a game even though Paladins plays nothing like TF2 and this update made it more MOBA-oriented than anything.
If anyone wants to claim that Paladins is like TF2 and act like Overwatch isn’t moreso revolving around TF2’s style, then there’s clearly some BS being flung around.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Siphaed Paladins doesn’t play anything like a TF2 game.  If you looked at the actual list of changes you’d see they actually made it more MOBA-oriented than anything with the addition of ultimates, grass you can hide in, better definied abilities/build paths, a card-ban system of sorts, etc.

nahenway
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nahenway

It’s almost impossible for me not to compare this and overwatch… and overwatch just looks so much better. I know graphics aren’t everything but this game looks so boring, greyish and made without love 

Might give it a shot but meh :/

digi_owl
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digi_owl

Karl_Hungus TnA indeed…

h4
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AdeptusEnginus Skyewauker Thats one ancient history nerfnow comic to still have male characters!

Ecchiboy1
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Ecchiboy1

AdeptusEnginus Ecchiboy1 Joseph C Siphaed Community updates are not real updates…At least none I want to play. And 50,000 isn’t a lot of ppl that is crazy small. On average 2.2% of a free to play game are actually paying customers. That is like 1100 paying players only. So like I said nobody gives a crap about that dead game.

AdeptusEnginus
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AdeptusEnginus

Skyewauker …uh, no. Global Agenda very much took a ton of stuff from TF2. Was it a clone? No. But it definitely took inspiration from TF2…a lot of it. When it came out there was a lot of people noting that fact. TF2 came out in 2007, and Payload was introduced in 2008. Global Agenda didn’t come out until 2010.
Being an anti-fanboy is just as bad as being a blind fanboy. Its definitely true that not every shooter is a TF2 clone, but that doesn’t mean that blatantly taking inspiration from it is not blatantly taking inspiration from it. It was the most popular shooter on PC for a rather sizable number of years, you can’t really expect people not to compare other shooters to it…or do you expect people to not compare other MMOs to WoW? Because if that’s the case, I’ve got some bad news for you.

AdeptusEnginus
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AdeptusEnginus

Ecchiboy1 Joseph C Siphaed Yes, the third most popular game on Steam with an average concurrent userbase of 50,000 players that still receives updates has definitely been dropped like a bad habit.

Ecchiboy1
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Ecchiboy1

Joseph C Siphaed Ecchiboy1 I didn’t bother replying to the whole TF2 is the best game ever crap. Nobody cares about TF2 anymore. Even the developers dropped that thing like a bad habit years ago. I doubt he even plays it. Some ppl just like regurgitating the same crap they hear other people say.

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PurpleCopper agemyth Yeah Paladins and Gigantic I would not compare that closely to TF2.

I understand how people come to that conclusion though. I thought Pally was going to be a lot closer to TF2 from the videos, but in reality it’s nothing like it. It’s really similar to SMITE sadly.

PizzaDoh
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Siphaed Ecchiboy1 Uhm, preordering does not give you access. We’ll see come Feb.

It’s okay to not be excited for a game, but making shit up and treating it as fact is not.

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

I can see two very big uh, game modes that got me interested

Madda
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Madda

Joseph C Siphaed Ecchiboy1 Show where it says that people who prepurchase the game get into the beta.

and Please read Joseph’s comment. Is very relevant.

Skyewauker
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Skyewauker

Global Agenda had Payload as a map before or at worst at the same time as TF2. Guess which developer makes Paladins? Guess who made Global Agenda? And Paladins plays absolutely nothing like TF2. I’m sick of people saying that every class based cartoony like shooter is a TF2 clone. Clone = identical. Not almost identical.

Joseph C
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Siphaed Ecchiboy1 The cash shop is for skins. You pay a single, flat fee for all the characters you could want, including future ones, and maps, etc, and skins are what they charge for. So not only are you buying it for LESS than a normal game if you’re a PC player, but you’re getting everything in the future. They’re using the SMITE model and it’s wonderful, and apparently gave beta access with pre-orders because the community ASKED FOR IT. Please stop WHINING and be thankful they’re actually being this nice, when games like Heroes of the Storm and the like just can’t WAIT to nickle and dime you.

PurpleCopper
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agemyth

How exactly is Paladins a TF2 clone?

I get that Payload is pretty much the same thing, but besides that I don’t see any other similarity.

ThunderJackson
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ThunderJackson

Ecchiboy1 Then play for free like me. They give beta keys out like candy on halloween. I even have extras, but they are sent via e mail otherwise I’d post them here.

Ecchiboy1
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Ecchiboy1

Siphaed Ecchiboy1 Yea it will be.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

agemyth 
Because MOBA is over-saturated and people are sick of it.  Single shooters or ones that are online only “with a story” (see Evolve, Titanfall) kind of fall flat.   Players want action and excitement of a MOBA-like scenario in a more fast paced shooter environment.  And as you said, TF2 does that but it is 9 years old!  Time to refresh genre with some new competition and that is exactly what both Blizzard and Hi-Rez are doing.

Siphaed
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Ecchiboy1 
Overwatch is a paid beta.  You’ll have to pre-purchase it from Blizzard to access their currently inaccessible Beta (February the lights turn back on, supposedly).   And the game is going to be B2P for $40 with a future cash shop as well!   Won’t that be fun!

Siphaed
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Siphaed

I’m not going to say that Payload is a ripoff of the TF2 map/mode of the same exact name… because it goes without saying!

I see beacons as “spawn camping” positions when the enemy team portals in.  It’ll be an interesting tactic, for sure. Runs similar to the Engineer’s teleporter device in TF2 (as well). 

Honestly with this game looking more and more like a TF2 game and less and less like a MOBA game, why are they trying to change the class mechanics to be more MOBA like?  Wouldn’t it be fitting of the genre to be more TF2/shooter like instead?

PizzaDoh
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Ecchiboy1 Honestly it’s less like Overwatch and more like smite with vertical aiming added. I really don’t understand why the game exists as part of Hi-Rez’s game catalog.

Ecchiboy1
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Ecchiboy1

I think I will wait for Overwatch. No more paid betas for me. It was my 2016 New Years resolution! :)

agemyth
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agemyth

It is pretty weird how 2016 is becoming the year of the TF2 clone when that game is almost 9 years old.
I’m not necessarily against the idea that new developers finally figured out a way to iterate on TF2 since TF2 became a mess with the items/equipment. Payload is also a great game mode in other games, so I might check out Paladins again for it.

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