Hi-Rez Studios has officially launched the SMITE Open Beta today for North America and Europe. In addition, they've announced their sponsorship of an upcoming SMITE competitive season, with a launch tournament featuring prizing of over $100,000!
"SMITE has been our fastest growing game to date, with over 900,000 players participating in Beta already”, says Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios Chief Operating Officer. “We’ve been giving out keys very liberally, but today we officially drop the key requirement in order to stress and stabilize our North American and European servers in preparation for release. We will continue to polish the game, release additional gods, and further refine the god and item balance over the coming weeks before a general release later this quarter."
Player progress and unlocks WILL be preserved through Open Beta and into release, with no planned character wipes in the foreseeable future. Anyone who reaches level 30 during this beta period will be awarded a Limited Edition cosmetic skin for the frost giant Ymir, to be given upon the official release of the game. The Open Beta features:
- Graphical upgrade of Conquest Map
- Practice match against new AI opponent Ra
- In-game Team & Roster Management
- Ranked Team Conquest queue - Draft Picking for ranked and Challenge Conquest matches Improved Spectator Camera for Tournament Admins - including a 3-minute delay for spectators to prevent cheating and improved spectator controls (slow-motion, pause, rewind, fast-forward)
- Refer-A-Friend Program
SMITE is a new online battleground between gods. Players can choose from several mythologies' worth of gods to play, join session-based arena combat, and use custom powers and team tactics against other player-controlled gods and non-player controlled minions.
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