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Silicon Sports | 24/05/2019

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New tactical Shooter Announced by Hi-Rez

Paladins Announcement

Hi-Rez more widely known for the third-person MOBA, Smite, has just announced a new free-to-play first person shooter, Paladins.

To be released on PC and consoles in 2016, Paladins is a fantasy set team based shooter with deep strategy and in-match character progression through decks of collectible cards, which amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities.

In Paladins, teams are pitted against one another. Each combatant enters the battle with a primary weapon, a set of combat and movement abilities, and a personal mount to carry them quickly from one fight to the next. Players begin each match with a customizable deck of skill cards which can be activated and evolved upon levelling up in-match for enhanced strength, defence or utility throughout the session.

“We’ve managed to keep Paladins under wraps for over a year now, so the dev team is really  looking forward to receiving feedback from the hands-on demo at gamescom,” said Todd Harris, COO at Hi-Rez Studios. “We’ve focused on making something we find fun and competitive, and soon players will help us craft how Paladins grows from here.”

Looking at some of the characters, it appears their is a strong element of MOBA overtones in the game. For instance Cassie draws similarities to Tyrande from Heroes, Barik looks exactly like Sniper from Dota 2.

While it has been presented as an FPS, this could be the natural progression by Hi-Rez to develop a MOBA into a first person shooter. This isn’t surprising considering their work with Smite and the third-person point of view.

We will get a chance to see the game in action at GamesCom later this year, where attendees will get a chance to get their hands on it.

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Paladins – new F2P FPS from Hi-Rez