Over in SMITE, the studio is getting ready to reveal Artio, the Bear Goddess, on its afternoon livestream, along with the next phase of Project Olympus, the MOBA’s far-reaching overhaul patch series that began implementation earlier this summer.
You just know that whenever another MMO is attempting to have a bright and bold day full of announcement joy, Blizzard is compelled to come along and slap you until your attention turns back to its games. So forget everything else that’s going on today and revel in the fact that World of Warcraft’s third wing of Tomb of Sargeras, Chamber of the Avatar, is now unlocked on the raid finder. That’s a lot of green!
Over on the patchy side of the game, the dev team hotfixed several class tuning changes for PvP and PvE. The big winners of the buffing roulette are Frost Death Knights, Protection Paladins, and Retribution Paladins. The team also decreased the health of Kil’jaeden and the Fallen Avatar in the new raid to help players clear mythic difficulty.
Hi-Rez took the floor of DreamHack Valencia in Spain today for announcements across its stable of games.
First, the renamed online TCG Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics has kicked off its open beta, meaning it’s accessible for everyone now. It’s also launched a 70-card Venus Competitor’s Pack that includes a crossover Aphrodite skin in SMITE.SMITE itself, the team announced Project Olympus, a “new initiative intended to improve core game features and further polish” the MOBA over the next three updates. Expect “major” engine upgrades, improved 64-bit client support, HUD and controller improvements for console, better in-game tutorials, and post-level-30 prestige levels.
Paladins introduced new support toon Jenos, the Ascended, and revealed the Splitstone Quarry map.
During the event, SMITE and Paladins players will be going head to head in multiple competitions with a combined prize pool of over $200,000.
Is your Paladins’ mount feeling stale? Is that old gray mare not what she used to be? Well today just might be your lucky day to change all that! Massively OP’s MJ has a special realm pack to give away that includes the new Frostmare Mount as well as a seven-day booster, 10 radiant chests, and two flair chests. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. for your chance to win!
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
Paladins’ Sunsational patch — yeah, it’s really called that! — is live this week in the open beta with lots of summer goodies, a Fourth of July theme, and bans! For cheaters, that is. To celebrate the update, Hi-Rez has granted us a bundle of keys for Realm Packs, which each grant a seven-day booster, 10 radiant chests, two flair chests, as well as the new Frostmare Mount.
Read on to enter to win!
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!
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.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
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!
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?
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.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 19th, 2017
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!
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!
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.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017