paladins

Official Site: Paladins
Studio: Hi-Rez Studios
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Shooter
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

E3 2017: SMITE and Paladins are coming to the Xbox One X on day one

Hi-Rez has just announced this morning that both its MOBA SMITE and its MOBA Paladins will launch for the Xbox One X on November 7th, the same day the platform itself arrives. Both games are already playable on the Xbox One proper.

The studio’s released a video for each game showing off gameplay and visuals captured with the Xbox One dev kit — and yep, it’s native 4K with 60 FPS. Enjoy!

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The Stream Team: Paladins adds a pain in the Ash, and you could get one!

Paladins has recently added a new frontline champion to the mix: Ash. Described as a living siege engine, she sports a massive cannon to match her attitude. And you know Massively OP’s MJ has to check her out! Let’s see how much carnage she can inflict. You could join her: MJ has a fistful of keys to give away, both for Ash and also for her Hellion skin. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for your chance to win Ash and a skin or two.

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

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Paladins brings a war machine to the fight

If they bring a knife, you bring a gun. If they bring a stylized goofy fighter, you bring a war machine. That’s the Paladins way.

There’s a new champion in Paladins’ beta wreaking havoc all over the battlfield. Ash, the war machine, is an armored lady who sports a truly gigantic mobile cannon. With her gun, Ash can fire shrapnel rounds and kinetic bursts. She’s got a few other tricks up her metallic sleeves, including a siege shield, shoulder bash, and a banner that creates a damage immunity zone for eight seconds.

The game’s open beta 51 update also included a change to its skins: “We are reorganizing how we package our skin cosmetics in order to accommodate players seeking full outfits. Players will still be able to equip parts individually and mix & match as they like. But accessory and body pieces (along with voice packs when available) can now be acquired together as a unit referred to as a ‘Champion Skin.'”

Check out Ash’s champion trailer after the jump!

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Massively Overthinking: Disentangling MMO classes and races

Last week, a guildie of mine mentioned that he’d been interested in Crowfall until he realized he couldn’t be a gerbil (Guineacean) of the class of his choosing. It was a total coincidence that the Crowfall devs had literally that same week announced they were nuking their race/class-locked archetype system and disentangling races and classes, so I got to tell him his wish had been granted.

I think this pushes the game more solidly into MMORPG territory, so I’m happy to see it: More customization and choice and variety is what I’m all about. But I was going to play it before, too. For this week’s Massively Overthinking, I’m presenting the idea of locked vs. unlocked archetypes to our staff to mull over. How important is it to you to be able to play any race/class combo in a game? Is it something you see as critical to MMORPGs? Is archetype-locking more the domain of MOBAs and ARPGs? When do you let it slide to play a fun game?

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The Stream Team: Win some Rekt weapons in Paladins

Who needs serious battle when you can have whimsical? Paladins has introduced some amusing new weapon skins that shoot sticky suction arrows made of foam. Even better, Massively OP’s MJ has some to give away! There’s Tyra with a REKT Carbine, Viktor with a REKT War Rifle, and Androxus with a REKT Hand Cannon. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. for your chance to win and shoot a little more fun in your matches.

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 19th, 2017

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Paladins’ 50th open beta patch suggests you Get Rekt

Paladins would like to invite you to Get Rekt — the REKT Chest, that is.

Hi-Rez has introduced the goofy, plasticized new loot set to the MOBA with this week’s patch, hot on the heels of its console free-to-play launch earlier this month.

The open beta update (#50!) also includes new announcer packs, the new Bend map, bug fixes, tweaks for existing maps, a balancing pass for heroes, and new skins for Buck, Evie, Kinessa, and Sha Lin.

Check out the patch overview videos below!

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Grab a Paladins Evie Conjuration skin key in honor of the console F2P open beta launch

Hi-Rez MOBA/shooter Paladins officially launches into its free-to-play open beta on console today, meaning gamers on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 can finally join their 8.5M PC counterparts at no cost. The studio is dubbing the game “the most-played new Steam game of 2016.”

In celebration of today’s launch, Hi-Rez has granted Massively OP piles and piles of keys for Evie and her full Conjuration outfit (head, body, and weapon). The best part is these keys will work on all platforms — PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

Update: Hi-Rez has discovered that the original keys will unlock just Evie’s outfit, not Evie too as intended. We now have a batch of Evie-only keys tucked down below as well, so if you don’t have Evie, grab one of those!

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The Stream Team: Practicing with Paladins’ new healer, Seris

With the release of Paladins’ Souls and Shadows update, Massively OP’s MJ has a new champion to play. She’s really looking forward to checking out Seris, the newest healer. Even better, she has codes to share that include both Seris as well as her Taboo skin set. Want to win one? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. EDT for your chance to collect her.

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

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Shadow Priest-esque hero Seris is live in Paladins’ open beta

Paladins’ open beta update #48 went live yesterday, and with it arrived the champion teased for the last week and change. Her name is Seris, Oracle of the Abyss; Hi-Rez says she “plays unlike any other champion currently in the game and she really speaks to the fantasy art style” the studio is pursuing. That’s because she’s a bit of a hybrid shadow priest, with shadow damage and heals as well as a stealthy shift-phase and a super annoying (for enemies) crowd control move.

There are also a few new skins for existing characters (Alley Cat Maeve! Bomb King in what appears to be a blinged-out pimp costume!), plus tweaks to the co-op Cops and Robbers map and a bunch of requisite balance adjustments for other toons. Check out Seris’ vid below!

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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: Celebrating Paladins’ console closed beta with Inara

Paladins just started closed beta on console today, so Massively OP’s MJ is diving in to celebrate by trying out the new champion introduced recently to the front line ranks.  As the Stone Warden, Inara commands stones to shoot, slow, and block her foes. Can MJ get the hang of this champion well enough to dive into some PvP with her, or will she have to fall back on Maeve or Ying? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for the action, and don’t forget to grab a key if you want to play the game on Xbox One or PlayStation 4!

What: Paladins
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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Grab a Paladins closed beta key for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 from Hi-Rez and MOP

Hi-Rez’s team-shooter MOBA Paladins hits closed beta for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 today, expanding the game beyond its 8 million open beta players on PC. That means the Season 1 patch — with 22 champs, customization, trio of PvP modes, AI co-op challenges, and competitive ranked mode — debuts today. And Hi-Rez is touting a $50,000 prize pool for what it’s dubbed the “Console WarsPaladins tourney at Dreamhack this July.

Paladins will be free-to-play on launch; in the meantime, you’ll need keys to play on console. Guess who’s got keys for both platforms? You betcha! Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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Paladins bumps up Essence gains significantly for players

The Paladins community was not terribly happy with the changes made to the game’s microtransaction model for, let’s face it, entirely understandable reasons. Introducing Legendary cards, swapping things out for Essence, and then making Essence accumulate at such a slow rate as to be irrelevant? The good news is that the developers have heard the complaints and are rolling out fixes to make Essence easier to acquire from all sources.

Players will need 12,000 Essence rather than 18,000 to purchase Legendary cards, while duplicate Common cards will offer 250 Essence rather than 60. Players can also earn 1000 Essence per achievement, and Mastery bonuses achieved before the chest rewards were put into place will retroactively award a large amount of Essence rather than retroactive chests. That doesn’t necessarily mean that players will be totally all right with the changes made so far, but it’s a step in the direction of correcting course.

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