hi rez studios

A studio known primarily for SMITE, Global Agenda, Tribes: Ascend, and Paladins.

Da Ji is live in SMITE today; enter our giveaway to snag her special skin!

If I never read another story about a woman whose beauty ruins everything, I’ll be thrilled. However, the Da Ji of Chinese mythology at least has a twist: She was possessed by a fox spirit. So it all makes sense now, right?

SMITE hopes so as it’s introduced Da Ji, The Nine-Tailed Fox, as a playable hero today. She’s a melee assassin toon who slashes and burns with her flaming claws. Today’s patch also has new skins for Camazotz, Medusa, Kuzenbo, Jing Wei, and Ganesha, and Hi-Rez has canceled plans to rescale player experience level, though it’s still working on the snowballing match play problem.

Hi-Rez has granted us a slew of keys for Da Ji and her special “vixen” skin. Read on to enter to win one!

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SMITE Tactics has been renamed Hand of the Gods – enter to win a beta key to check it out!

If SMITE Tactics didn’t quite grab you before, maybe Hand of the Gods will. No, it’s not a new game — it’s a new name. Hi-Rez Studios‘ turn-based strategy game based on the gods of  SMITE has been rebranded to Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics, complete with a shiny new site and a new reveal trailer.

However, the name isn’t the only change as the game has been developing. We’ve added the trailer here so you can watch snippets of the newest gameplay, including the new pantheons and the summoning stones. If you are intrigued by what you see and want to try your hand at Hand of the Gods, you can sign up for a chance to get into the currently closed beta on the official site, or buy a founders pack for $20.00 that grants immediate entry (along with other goodies).

We also have beta keys to give away to five lucky readers — read on for your chance to win!

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The MOP Up: SMITE’s console mea culpa (May 7, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from Skyforge, EVE Online, IngressWar ThunderWorld of TanksWakfuLeague of LegendsSMITEGTA OnlineElsword OnlineWurm OnlineDarkfall: Rise of AgonWorlds AdriftCounter-Strike, SEAL Online, and Warspear Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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SMITE honors ‘painting god’ Bob Ross in next week’s update

I almost feel sorry for a patch like the one hitting SMITE next week — it’s got new skins for Erlang Shen, Sol, Thoth, Kuzenbo, and Thanotos in addition to mechanics updates — but the bit that’s getting all the attention is the tribute to painter Bob Ross, whose estate apparently licensed his likeness and his “happy little trees” catchphrase for use as a SMITE character. He’s part of a new Sylvanus skin, if you’re wondering, and Hi-Rez is cheekily calling him “undeniably one of the true Gods of painting.” Why do I get the feeling the art team pitched this as a joke they never believed would actually happen?

Hi-Rez also notes that it’s testing balances changes on the PTS right now that won’t go live with the rest, though they may go live with 4.9. The goal with the tweaks is to fix the “snowballing” problem of a match that appears to be lost just a few minutes in.

“While we see players are able to come back from these scenarios, it can feel devastating and demoralizing to have such a hill to climb off the first few moments of the game. To counteract this, we are adjusting the Experience needed to reach Level 2 to from 308 to 225. What this means is that the first wave of Minions, even when split by 2 players, will provide those players with enough Experience to hit Level 2. Gold Fury is also becoming a bit more difficult and the early game reward toned down to lessen the lead that an early Gold Fury can provide.”

The Bob Ross bundle and associated goodies arrive on May 9th for PC.

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SMITE honors terminally ill player with community avatar

A popular SMITE player and streamer battling cancer has shared the news that it’s terminal, and the impending loss is affecting the community deeply. David Hance, known as Allied, played most recently with Luminosity Gaming, and the organization is urging folks to donate to cancer research.  In honor of Allied, who has touched the lives of many, Hi-Rez is offering an avatar with his likeness to every player for free; just redeem the code #alliedstrong in the store. The code works for both PC and consoles.

We wish Allied and his family and friends much strength and comfort during his struggles. You can join with the devs and the rest of the community in offering support on Twitter with the hashtag #alliedstrong.

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The Stream Team: Watch and win SMITE Tactics beta access

Tired of being left out of betas? Want the satisfaction of prying a set of beta doors open so you can get in? Massively OP’s MJ has a crowbar right here to help you get into SMITE Tactics! She’ll be playing and giving away a bunch of beta codes, so tune in live at 10:00 a.m. for your chance to get in and check the game out for yourself.

What: SMITE Tactics
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 10:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

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The Stream Team: Speeding around in SMITE’s new Racer Rumble adventure

Remember back when Massively OP’s MJ announced that SMITE would be doing all sorts of new specialty adventures? Back then, even she couldn’t imaging a racing game of the gods! Yet here it is, in all its racing glory: Apollo’s Racer Rumble. MJ can’t wait to hop in a car and speed around the track. Join us live at 6:00 p.m. and get in on the action. Go speed racer, go!

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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Perfect Ten: Conversations with anthropomorphic concepts of MMO studios

Every so often, a man needs to have a conversation with some anthropomorphized concepts. I do that every few years. In the past, I’ve usually focused on more philosophical concepts. I had a great conversation with Insight and really learned a lot about myself in the process, for example, and I can’t stop thinking about my talk with Contemplation. My dinner with Indulgence was fun, too, even if I would up spending far too much money on it; I feel like scheduling a chat with Regret the morning after was a bad idea.

Most recently, though, I decided to have some conversations with studios. Not their representatives, but with the actual studios themselves. Some of those conversations went better than others, though. You don’t need to take my word for it, though; I included the most interesting ones just past the break. I double-checked with Honesty first, so we’re good, it’s all fair.

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SMITE lands dual patches this week, delays Racer Rumble one day

If you are a SMITE dev this week, chances are that you’re probably not getting a lot of sleep. Hi-Rez Studios made it some sort of insane mission to push out two large updates this week, one for consoles and one for PC.

Both consoles got Patch 4.5: Celestial Voyage yesterday. This update came with spectator mode, a visual update to Poseidon, several new god skins, and the 12-quest Celestial Voyage event. Following a short delay, Patch 4.6: Racer Rumble should arrive for the PC tomorrow with more skins and the wacky new racing mode. We once again remind you that April 1st is over and past, so this is not a goof.

As a bonus to all of the patching fun, SMITE is planning a “double everything” event for this weekend from April 14th through the 16th. During this event, players will earn double XP, favor, and worshipers.

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SMITE gets a new racing mode, Paladins maps out e-sports tourney

Hi-Rez’s MOBAs are both seeing fresh updates this week.

In SMITE land, the 4.6 patch updates Hades and Ravana, adds a bunch of new skins, and perhaps most amusingly, adds Apollo’s Racer Rumble – a racing mode. “Pick from a cast of gods, get in their themed cars (yes, cars) and drive through two tracks with obstacles, items, and drifting,” says the studio. Vrooooooom.

Paladins, on the other hand, has witnessed a volcanic eruption! Patch 47 to the open beta landed yesterday, introducing the freebie Volcanic Makoa (free if you hit level 30, that is), along with new digs for Kinessa. E-sports is on the agenda too:

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The Stream Team: Dipping into SMITE with an Isis and Anubis giveaway

SMITE doesn’t stop at celebrating its birthday on just one day — or even one week! No, the party is still going, and Hi-Rez and Massively OP have more gifts to give away. MJ has codes for Celestial Isis and Stargazer Anubis to hand out to lucky viewers. She’ll also be showing off the gods themselves in a match or two, so tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for your chance to win

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Enjoy the show!

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Grab a pair of SMITE skins in honor of Celestial Voyage, courtesy of Hi-Rez and Massively OP

SMITE is kicking off a new event today, this one sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone obsessed with Stargate or Indy IV or just “alien astronaut” sci-fi in general. Dubbed Celestial Voyage, the event will ask players to complete quests to unlock goodies and hieroglyphs, the latter of which function as a puzzle for more loot.

As is traditional for SMITE, the update comes with a ton of exclusive themed skins. We’ve got two extra existing skins that match the theme to give away to our readers today: Celestial Isis and Stargazer Anubis. Onward to the giveaways!

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Global Agenda may be reappearing in your Steam library

If you don’t remember the whole story about Global Agenda, you could be forgiven for pushing it out of your mind; it’s a bit of a sad one. The first game out of Hi-Rez Studios was not a massive success compared to the studio’s later titles, and with more profitable releases from the studio, the game’s support dropped and it was quietly removed from Steam. The game is still playable right now for people who download it directly, but it’s not there for Steam players to find. Even players who already downloaded it found it gone… until this weekend.

We’ve had some reports (confirmed by our staff) that the game is indeed showing up in Steam libraries once again, although as of this writing it’s not showing up on the main store page. (Searching for it uncovers a demo page that does not actually load.) This could all just be a matter of database maintenance for Steam, or it could be a subtle hint that something is on the horizon. There’s nothing to do but speculate; the last update on the game’s status was that the servers are going to be kept online for the forseeable future, but the studio does need to make plans for a shutdown and has no intention of selling the servers to another company or the fans.

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