If you follow game developer Hi-Rez Studios
, it's no secret to you their free-to-play shooter Paladins: Champions of the Realm
was destined for Xbox One and PS4. Though the game has been blatantly labeled as an Overwatch
ripoff by some outlets (despite being in development for some time as well as being the spiritual successor to their 2010 title, Global Agenda
, that already contained much of the groundwork and abilities), this type of publicity only appears to have done wonders for the game, which is regularly sitting pretty atop Steam's most-played list
. Hi-Rez is giving console players the chance to check it out before release with Paladins'
upcoming closed beta.Paladins
is a team-based shooter with strategy elements featuring quests, mastering characters and card-collecting. Like Hi-Rez's other title, SMITE
, you can expect regular updates, as well as a "buy-in" option similar to SMITE's
Ultimate God Pack. The Founders Pack will unlock all present and future champions, as well as some swag for your characters, though the Founders Pack hasn't been confirmed to be coming to consoles yet. Also of interest is whether or not PC players will be able to do a one-time sharing of their PC account with their console account, as was the case for SMITE
on Xbox One and PS4.
Hi-Rez says Paladins
was designed with consoles in mind "from day one of development" and touts that "we’ve enlisted some big-name console gamers to make sure the control scheme feels just right."
Signing up for the beta only gives players an e-mail stating, "More information will be coming soon!", so we're not quite sure when this one will be landing on your living room console. You can sign up for the closed beta here