Hi-Rez Studios, the developer behind popular free-to-play title Paladins, has a lot of good stuff planned for this year. The studio which is also responsible for MOBA game Smite and last year’s third-person shooter Rogue Company held an online showcase event detailing everything coming to the games in 2021.
“2020 was a huge year for Hi-Rez Studios and our development teams, with the massively successful launch of Rogue Company, plus record years for both SMITE and Paladins,” says Hi-Rez Studio’s CEO Stew Chisam. “With 2021 calendars for each game full of content updates, Hi-Rez Studios will continue to deliver world class gaming experiences for our growing millions of fans.”
2020 was the best ever year for Hi-Rez Studios’ incredibly popular mythical MOBA. This year’s Season 8: Dawn of Babylon will be even better, with an all-new evolving Babylonian pantheon Conquest map (first in 3 years), new Gods (including Tiamat and Gilgamesh), new battle passes, new collaborations and plenty more esports action throughout the year.
With a blockbuster 2020 launch (gaining over 15 million players) Hi-Rez Studios’ newest title will enjoy four seasons of cross-play shooter action this year; each featuring new Rogues (including Kestrel), new maps (such as Hollows), new events and much more.
The 45+ million players of the fantasy team-based shooter sensation can look forward to even more content this year in Season 4: Calamity. 2021 will see more champions, more frequent updates, all-new limited time events, event passes, and more. The first Champion of the year will be the much-anticipated Yagorath – teased for years in Paladins lore this threat from beyond the Realm is bent on subsuming all life and existence.
All three titles are available for free on PC and consoles for free, albeit with monetized in-game content. While the new Rogue Company hasn’t been out that long, Smite and Paladins have established strong esports scenes over the years. The Smite World Champion finals featuring a $600,000 prize pool will be held this Sunday live on Twitch.