Today, developer Hi-Rez Studios’ free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game Smite – the mythology-themed third-person action game – officially launched on Xbox One after a successful beta testing process. The game’s already racked up over 1 million players during the course of its alpha and beta, and now all Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download the game, jump in, and have some fun.
“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 e-Sports.”
Indeed, Smite’s first Xbox One tournament will unfold at the Major League Gaming World Finals from October 16-18 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Teams will compete for a spot in the MLG Pro League, as well as a $25,000 prize. The MLG Pro League consists of 6-8 teams, one of which will qualify for the Smite World Championship from January 7-10, 2016 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. The SWC 2016 – which will conclude Season 2 of Smite for both Xbox One and PC – has already surpassed its $1 million prize pool through season ticket sales. All further proceeds will go toward funding additional Smite tournament prize pools throughout the season.
Smite’s in-game marketplace allows players to acquire new gods, cosmetic skins, and more on Xbox One – and all players who link their PC and Xbox One accounts will receive a free Zeus Xbox skin on both platforms. Players can also purchase the Smite Founder’s Pack for $29.99 through the Xbox Games Store until August 31. This awesome pack it includes every god currently in the game (66 so far on Xbox One!) and all future gods, as well as 400 gems, the exclusive Ares “Soldier of Fortune” skin, and the limited Ymir “Cacodemon X” skin. A one-time account merge option lets players copy select progress and items from their PC account to Xbox One until August 31, so get cracking before it’s too late!
And remember, if you haven’t tried Smite yet, it’s free to play, and deals don’t really get any better than that. It’s the next big step for the MOBA genre – and now’s your chance to get in and play on Xbox One!