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!
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, Ingress, War Thunder, World of Tanks, Wakfu, League of Legends, SMITE, GTA Online, Elsword Online, Wurm Online, Darkfall: Rise of Agon, Worlds Adrift, Counter-Strike, SEAL Online, and Warspear Online, all waiting for you after the break!
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.
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.
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
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!
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 13th, 2017
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.
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:
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
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Enjoy the show!
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!
SMITE turned three years old today, and in that time it has offered players a multitude of new gods to play (many of which Massively OP’s MJ has really enjoyed showing off!). Now you can get presents for celebrating its birthday with us; MJ has a multitude of gods and skins to give away as well as one special gift of 2,500 gems! Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. for the birthday giveaway and your chance to win.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 25th, 2017
continues its third birthday celebrations
, it’s running multiple sales and bonus events in-game. Out of game, it’s produced an inexplicably weird dance-off video and an infographic to brag up the game’s stats.
Of note, players have counted over 247 million hours played in the last year alone — and mage roles are by far the most popular (it’s not even close!). And never let anyone tell you MOBAs are doomed to be short popcorn games; Hi-Rez says the longest conquest match ran 3 and a half hours.
A bonus slice of cake goes out to the two players — only two! — who’ve managed to achieve diamond mastery on every single god. I just counted: That’s 86 characters maxed out.
Check ’em both out below. Especially that video, because what?
Touting proudly (and weirdly) that SMITE
is almost out of its “toddler years,” Hi-Rez Studios
is throwing a week of celebration for the MOBA’s third birthday
. Starting tomorrow and running through March 27th, SMITE
will boast ongoing and daily events to mark this occasion.
For the full week, SMITE is activating double login bonuses and handing out a birthday global emote to any player that gets a single win during the promotion. There’s also a schedule posted of daily sales and giveaways that include free gems, a free enigma chest, and triple worshipers. The studio is also planning to run another community skin contest, starting tomorrow.
Hi-Rez recently put development of mobile spin-off SMITE Rivals on indefinite hold in favor of focusing more on a different spin-off, SMITE Tactics.