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Tuesday
Jan102017

New Smite Game Revealed

Now before people start freaking out thinking that there's going to be a split in the player base, and that's why would they create a game to compete with themselves, this is not a MOBA. This game is called Smite Rivals. It is a tower defense game mixed with a card system. You will have a three lane setup and you will be using your cards to try to push the lanes and take out your opponent.

The really interesting thing about this game is the fact that this is going to be Hi-Rez's first truly cross platform playable game. You could be playing on your phone, tablet, or PC. Your progress is saved from one to another so that no matter where you are, you can keep playing the game.

If you are interested in getting in on this game you can sign up over at The Smite Rivals Website. Also, there's a little bit of an incentive to get as many people to sign up as possible as there are mana drops that are applied to a pool and there are milestones that once hit will unlock global goodies for all.

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Tuesday
Jan102017

Smite Tactics Closed Beta Announced

I know that Smite isn't for everyone, and Hi-Rez Studios knows this as well. So at the Smite World Championship (Sorry Hi-Rez I just can't call it HRX) during one of the game breaks the closed beta for Smite Tactics was revealed.

There are a couple of things that need to be said. Just like other Hi-Rez games this will be free to play, and there of course are in game currency purchase options to help get you more of the cards that you want in the game. The other thing that you need to know is that the best way to get into the closed beta is that you purchase the Founder's Pack. Doing so will get you in the game immediately, if you don't want to go this route you can sign up for the chance at The Smite Tactics Website.

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Tuesday
Jan102017

Smite World Championship 2017

It is over and there is a repeat champion for the Smite World Championship. The name might be different, but Team Epsilon, now NRG, steamrolled through most of the competition. Their greatest foe was Luminosity, the US darling that had most of the Cognitive Prime / Cloud9 members. Sadly NRG took them out in the semi-finals, although it took 7 games to do so.

The whole affair grows each year, and is now called HRX, Hi-Rez Expo. The best way to describe it is a small scale version of BlizzCon, and to be honest, I think that's what they really want to do in the end, but first they are going to have to gain enough street credit as well as fanbase. That's not to say that their fanbase isn't increasing, but they have some growth to catch the likes of Blizzard.

The reason why I call it a small version of BlizzCon is that Hi-Rez is utilizing this chance to show off new projects, new patches, maps, skins, and 2 other tournaments that were happening in a side room until the finals. There was the first ever Paladins finals, as well as the Smite console final.

I'm going to be honest, there wasn't really the pull of the Smite PC finals, but you could see that there was some pull if you were in the crowd, live. That is what I love to do, I want to be in the crowd, I want to get lost in the energy. Sadly with the crazy Atlanta weather I didn't get to spend as much time as I wanted to, but it was still awesome. You get to meet all your favorite players, you get to rub elbows with some of the people in the frontlines of making the games. There's also digital loot as an incentive as well as merchandise that you can't get outside of the Expo.

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Thursday
Jan052017

Hmm, a Greed-Driven Twin-Stick Shooter? Interesting

If the title of this article drew you in let me tell you about Vostok, Inc., a game in which you will be playing the role of a corrupt and narcissistic person bent of trying to rake in as much money as you can. You will do that, be flying your ship over 40 different planets, colonize, build factories, and then watch the money roll in. 

Now of course there will always be some competition, most of it coming from the planets' natural inhabitants and of course others who want in on your financial gains. This game is set to release in 2017 on Steam, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and XBOX One. There is one more thing, though, this game will have 13 mini-games to help give you a break from all the greed, mayhem, and death that you will be feeling.

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Thursday
Jan052017

Who Knew a Single Line Could Do So Much?

The indie studio My Dog Zorro wants to introduce it's upcoming game LINELIGHT to the world. In this game you will notice that you are but a simple line, but that line is a lot more than it first appears. It is with this line that you will be able to active level mechanics, control your fate, and of course take on 300 different levels.

This game is slated for release in Q1 of 2017. For those of you out there who don't really understand what that means, it means that some time in the next 3 months we're going to get to play this game. The best part about the arrival of this game, whenever it is actually going to release, is that it will be available on Steam, PlayStation 4, and XBOX One.

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