SMITE patch adds Medusa, clan system [Keys gone now!]

    
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The latest SMITE patch is no joke: It features Medusa, whose speed and high burst damage support what Hi-Rez calls a “more assassin-like playstyle.” The update also adds the clan system that allows players to earn honor points and level their clans up via battlefield achievements.

And here’s a bit of good news for the industry: Hi-Rez is in the middle of a major expansion — of itself. Georgia.org reports that Hi-Rez will soon be “leasing an additional 22,000 square feet in Alpharetta [Georgia] to expand its current headquarters and [will] add 50 jobs in 2015.”

The devs have published an extensive look at Medusa including a designer Q&A and a video which you’ll find past the break, along with a quickie giveaway of keys that each unlock a different playable character and a costume for him or her, including Medusa. Don’t forget the patch notes!

We have a bunch of unlock keys courtesy of Hi-Rez to give away as part of Medusa’s reveal. The first third unlock Medusa herself and her Black Gorgon skin; the second third grant Thor and his Wrath of Valhalla skin, and the final third grant Vulcan and his Warforged skin. Click the button to grab one and cross your fingers you get the one you want!

No keys left! Sorry.

[We’re outta keys now — grats to those who grabbed one!]

To redeem your key, click on the STORE button in-game in the upper left corner of the home screen, then click Redeem Promotion. Enter your code to activate the upgrade. Good luck!

[Source: Dev insight, Georgia.org. Thanks, Sorenthaz.]
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donweel
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donweel

I like the Medusa addition, the mythology behind the character adds spice. Medusa was not a god but a Gorgon and not immortal as she was beheaded by Persius. HiRez is branching out from only gods but that only brings more possible characters from myth for gameplay.

GeneMartin2
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GeneMartin2

Cassiopeia , is that you?

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

Nice to hear that things are going so well for them. It’s really a company which worked it’s way from the ground up to their current state. Their first 2 games, Global Agenda and Tribes:Ascend, were, I guess, not that profitable but let them grow as a studio and professionals. With Smite it seems they hit a sweet spot and they celebrating well deserved success. Great Indie Story.

Kosmic
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Kosmic

Finally was able to use the code. I wasn’t able to find the code link to my account, but thankfully I had the page up on my phone and it was still there. I got the Vulcan war forged skin! Many thanks massively for this awesome promotion!

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

camelotcrusade  Well at least Hi-Rez did create a small but effective detail for portraying that.  Aka she’s got a very beautiful mask over her extremely hideous face.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Curse myself for being asleep while free stuff was being given out for Smite.

Medusa is pretty fun though.  I only played a practice Arena round with her (because I know that whatever match I queue for, I’d have to race people to insta-locking Medusa and I’m not a fan of insta-locking stuff when I can always play other gods just as well), but her kit feels really cool.  

In general she feels like a Hunter who’s pretty much able to 1v1 other Hunters and get in close for some nasty damage while still doing a ton of damage from afar.   Her 3 is a really nice-lengthed dash that can be used offensively or to get the hell out of dodge, her 1 is a pretty strong steroid that applies a DoT, her 2 is an AoE, and her 4 is pretty much like Cassiopeia’s ult from League of Legends.  So she definitely feels monstrous.  

I’ll have to try and eventually get some casual queue games done with her and see how she handles in those.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

camelotcrusade It’s not just a modern thing to have her as pretty. There is actually precedent of her being described in ancient text as being both beautiful and terrifying. I think it was the roman’s ( much later) who created the myth of the beautiful woman transformed by Poseidon into what we now see in movies etc.

fakepants
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fakepants

camelotcrusade Smite’s Medusa wears a mask to conceal her hideousness. She removes it to petrify opponents. 
I agree it’s hilarious that she’s, more often than not, rather pretty when presented in media.

Zaikurron
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Zaikurron

YES MEDUSA!!!!

camelotcrusade
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camelotcrusade

The irony of Medusa’s marketing transformation into sexy, yet ugly enough to petrify, has always amused me greatly.  Do any games actually have ugly Medusas in them anymore?  Would we complain if they did?