Hi-Rez Studios News


Smite Xbox One Open Beta begins this July

By Daniel Perez, Jun 18, 2015 1:20pm PDT

Have you been trying to get into the Smite Closed Beta, but haven't had any luck? Don't worry as Hi-Rez Studios is launching Smite's Open Beta in July.


SMITE season 2 kicks off today with new Conquest map and eSports tournament

By Daniel Perez, Feb 11, 2015 6:40am PST

A new season for SMITE is upon us, and with it, we're getting a new Conquest map, a numbe of gameplay tweaks, and a new eSports season.


Watch us interview Smite championship players

By Steve Watts, Jan 14, 2015 11:15am PST

Shacknews recently visited the Smite World Championship in Atlanta. In this set of exclusive interviews, you can see Shacknews interview team COGnitive Gaming on the rise of eSports in general, and Smite in particular.


Smite associate game designer discusses Pantheon creation

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 13, 2015 5:00pm PST

With the Smite World Championship concluded, Shacknews spoke to one of the game's associate designers about what goes into creating the Pantheons.


"it was a really good tourny to watch. As an avid smite player I enjoyed watching the teams from ..."

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Smite World Championships hosts first public showing of Xbox One version

By Daniel Perez, Dec 17, 2014 8:00am PST

The Xbox One version of Smite is currently in development, but Hi-Rez Studios has announced those attending the Smite World Championships will be able to get their hands on the game for the first time.


"I didn't know that Smite actually had league set up. Should have figured. Interesting ..."

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Smite adds Egyptian god Osiris

By Steve Watts, May 05, 2014 2:15pm PDT

Smite has added another new character to its growing pantheon of gods: Osiris, the Egyptian god of the afterlife.


"Or possibly Anubius, who is also an Egyptian God associated with Death. Kinda."

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Smite releasing March 25, followed by $100,000 tournament

By Steve Watts, Nov 26, 2013 8:30am PST

Hi-Rez Studios' free-to-play game Smite is coming on March 25, 2014. Progress from the open beta will carry over, and the top teams from a weekly tournament will take part in the finals on March 29-30.


"It started Closed Beta in 2012 and went into Open beta January of this year."

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Tribes: Ascend won't receive any 'major' updates for at least six months

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 15, 2013 11:00am PDT

A steady flow of fresh content is important for the well-being of free-to-play multiplayer games but Tribes: Ascend, well, is looking a little peaky. Developer Hi-Rez has said its timeline for the next six months doesn't include any "major" for the free-to-play FPS, and mayb...


"That's like saying ArmA made Counter-Strike pointless. They aren't the same type of game at all."

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Tribes: Ascend 'Game of the Year Edition' coming Friday

By Steve Watts, Feb 13, 2013 10:30am PST

Hi-Rez Studios is releasing a Tribes: Ascend "Game of the Year" edition on Friday. It packages all of the classes, weapons, and perks together for a "launch discount" price of $29.99, or $19.99 for current VIPs.


"Blue plating (or green plating, in my case) is still just as awesome as it's always been. ..."

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Smite now in open beta

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 25, 2013 9:00am PST

If you've got the Dota crazies and are stuck by an irresistible urge to play every last one of the games inspired by the classic mod, here's another for you. Tribes: Ascend developer Hi-Rez's Dote 'em up Smite entered open beta yesterday, with the twists of controlling more ...


"Smite was fun and kinda hilarious. Worth playing for a bit imo"

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Smite celebrates doomsday with Mayan God character

By Steve Watts, Dec 21, 2012 4:15pm PST

Hi-Rez Studios issued a new patch today that adds a Mayan God, holiday skins, and various other improvements.


Tribes: Ascend update releases Twinfusor weapon

By Steve Watts, Jul 25, 2012 4:30pm PDT

Tribes: Ascend is issuing the "Twinfusor" update today, which includes a new weapon, new maps, and plenty of tweaks.


"I've really been enjoying this. I picked up the steam starter pack for $9.00 They've done a ..."

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Tribes: Ascend update adds two maps, bug fixes

By Steve Watts, Jun 25, 2012 3:00pm PDT

Tribes: Ascend has added two more maps and a host of bug fixes and balance adjustments with its sixth update.


"What do you mean "if you go that route"? What is the default initial purchase route, which you ..."

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Tribes: Ascend 'Tartarus' update adds new CTF and Arena maps

By Steve Watts, May 08, 2012 3:00pm PDT

Tribes: Ascend is getting a free update with two new maps, saved loadouts, and various gameplay adjustments.


"This game kicks proverbial the ass. I've been having a ton of fun playing mostly as a ..."

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Tribes: Ascend release set for April

By Steve Watts, Mar 09, 2012 8:00am PST

Tribes: Ascend has an official release date of April 12, and Hi-Rez Studios released a parody trailer to mark the occasion.


"This is easily my favorite multiplayer game released this year so far (going by the official ..."

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