Smite developer Hi-Rez Studios has announced a new free-to-play shooter with strong strategy elements called Paladins.
Paladins combines a rich fantasy setting with the fast action of a team-based first-person shooter, according to the developer, and also throws in deep strategy through decks of collectible cards, which amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities.
“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.”
In the game, each player enters the battle with a primary weapon, a set of combat and movement abilities, and a personal mount. Players also begin each match with a customizable deck of skill cards which can be activated and improved during a match to offer enhanced strength, defense, or utility.
“Paladins has been a passion project of ours from the beginning,” added Mick Larkins, senior producer on the title. “We’ve dedicated a separate team from Smite to work on it, and while we are still early in development, we know we’re crafting something very special. Paladins is extremely quick, with a great deal of depth in how it blends action, tactics, and teamwork, and we’re excited for gamers to start discovering all it has to offer.”
Paladins is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and is set to launch in 2016.