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Hi-Rez Studios today announced that its free-to-play MOBA SMITE, the mythology-themed third-person action game, has officially launched on Xbox One. Since first appearing on the Xbox One for a round of beta tests, SMITE for Xbox One now boasts over one million unique players. All purchases, progress and achievements unlocked during the beta period will carry over seamlessly to the launch version of SMITE. Newcomers can now access the complete SMITE experience directly via the Xbox Live Store.
SMITE has become a leading eSports franchise through its rapid growth that first began on PC and now has grown exponentially as the first MOBA to launch on Xbox One. With a rich and continually expanding pantheon of playable gods, SMITE offers an engaging, unique spin on the MOBA formula via its use of a third-person camera that pulls players directly into the action. The game rewards quick reflexes and teamwork through its emphasis on strategic thinking and tactical moves via third-person action gameplay. Offering a little something for everyone, SMITE delivers a wide variety of gameplay modes ranging from the traditional 5v5 multi-lane battles to smaller, single-path jousts and wide-open arenas.
“With over one million participants in our beta, there is clearly an appetite for the right MOBA on console,” said Todd Harris, co-founder and COO of Hi-Rez Studios. “MOBAs have historically been a PC-only genre, but SMITE’s action oriented gameplay is a great fit with the Xbox One controller. The strong player retention we’ve seen during beta makes us confident that this is just the beginning for console MOBAs and console eSports”.
SMITE will host its first major Xbox One tournament at the Major League Gaming World Finals in New Orleans from Oct. 16-18. There SMITE teams will compete for a spot in the MLG Pro League, as well as a $25,000 grand prize. The MLG Pro League consists of 6-8 teams, only one of which will qualify for the SMITE World Championship presented by Xbox One. Taking place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta from January 7-10th, the SWC will feature two tournaments; the Season 2 PC Championship made up of 10 teams from around the world competing for a $1 million prize pool and an Xbox Invitational made up of 4 teams competing for a $150,000 prize pool. All additional season ticket sales will be added to the SMITE tournament winnings.
SMITE’s in-game marketplace allows players to acquire new gods, character skins, in-game currency and more on Xbox One, and those who choose to link their PC and Xbox One accounts will receive a free Zeus Xbox skin for use on both PC and Xbox One. Hi-Rez Studios has confirmed that players can still purchase the SMITE Founder’s Pack for $29.99 through the Xbox Games Store until Aug. 31. The Founder’s Pack includes all 67 gods currently available in the game on Xbox One along with all future gods, 400 Gems, the exclusive Ares “Soldier of Fortune” skin, and the limited Ymir “Cacodemon X” skin. Players will have the option to use a one-time account merge feature that lets them copy select progress and items from their PC account to Xbox One until Aug. 31.
Hi-Rez’s long-term plans to support SMITE after launch on Xbox One include new gods to be released on a monthly basis, updates to content and gameplay, UI updates, support for multiple languages, a spectator mode and much more. For the latest news from SMITE on Xbox One and PC, please visit the official SMITE website at www.SmiteGame.com and follow the game on Twitter and Facebook.
What do you think of SMITE‘s official launch on XBOX One? Do you welcome more console MOBAs or do you feel that the genre is over-saturated at the moment? Let us know below.
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