If you just squint your eyes just a little bit, you’ll almost think you’re looking at Overwatch… First person shooter, featuring colourful and varied “champions” who utilise their own unique abilities? There’s even a guy who uses a chain to hook people!
Alright, that’s a little unfair. If reddit posts from Hi-Rez Studios are anything to go by, Paladins has been in some form of development since 2010 when Hi-Rez released a project called Global Agenda, the project that eventually became Paladins. Give Hi-Rez their due, they’ve been sitting on this idea for a long time.
But with that out of the way, let’s focus on the news. Paladins has been doing fairly well on Steam at the moment as a free-to-play FPS MOBA, which is similar to Overwatch. It’s become a regular top 3 most played game in the free-to-play section, and drew 1 million players within its first 10 days on Steam Early Access.
Following on from the success of Smite on console though, Hi-Rez are looking to bring Paladins to consoles, with sign-ups now open for the closed beta. Dates have yet to be confirmed right now, but the website assures us that an invitation will be coming within the next couple of weeks.
Paladins will be available for free, with all gameplay content updates such as champions and maps being available to all players, whilst cosmetics can be purchased with real money. Check out the trailer below, and let us know in the comments if you’ll be signing up for the beta!
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