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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Hi-Rez Studios
Hi-Rez’s mythology-themed MOBA Smite is now available on Steam. Up until the recent final launch of the Xbox One version, the free-to-play title had been downloadable through a proprietary service. The Steam version supports integration with the current infrastructure, so both communities can queue and play together. No migration is needed for those who prefer playing their titles through Steam, as the game is account based, and all that is required is players to log in with their username. To celebrate the release, Hi-Rez is selling the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future gods, for the reduced price of $19.99 until September 13.
Hi-Rez Studios’ free-to-play mythology-themed MOBA Smite has left beta and is now officially available for Xbox One. All million-plus beta participants will find that all purchases, progress, and achievements have been carried over. While free to play, Smite also offers for-pay content in the form of cosmetic skins and new gods. Items can be purchased singularly or in a bundle via The Founder’s Pack, available until August 31, which contains all 67 gods, all future gods, 400 Gems, Ares ‘Soldier of Fortune’ skin, and Ymir ‘Cacodemon X’ for $29.99. For those wanting a freebie, PC players who take advantage of a one-time deal to link their accounts before August 31 will receive a Zeus Xbox skin for both versions. Monthly updates are planned to add new gods, content, and modes.
Hi-Rez Studios has announced that their free-to-play sci-fi shooter Tribes: Ascend will be released on April 12. The follow-up to Dynamix and Sierra’s 2001 Tribes 2 is part of a thirteen-year-old franchise that seems to be going strong, judging by the 400,000-plus participants in the open beta. For gamers wanting to join in the pre-release action, all they have to do is sign up at the game’s official site. No key is required, and Hi-Rez announced that progress will carry over to the final version.
The closed beta for Hi-Rez Studios’ Tribes: Ascend is set to kick off on November 4. Invitations will be sent out in waves to registered players and to those who pre-ordered the VIP Started Bundle. The bundle, available for purchase at the official site for $29.99, guarantees access to the beta and also includes permanent VIP status, a 30-day Booster, and 800 Tribes Gold.