As the world of online gaming continues to evolve, Hi-Rez Studios is gearing up to make a significant mark with the launch of “Smite 2,” a sequel to their popular MOBA game. The announcement comes as Smite approaches its 10th anniversary, a milestone that the studio is celebrating with this ambitious project.
The excitement around Smite 2 is palpable, especially with the opening of registrations for its Alpha version, slated for release in Spring 2024. This early version will provide a sneak peek into the enhanced world of Smite, giving fans and newcomers alike a taste of what’s to come.
Reinventing the Battleground
Smite 2, developed by Titan Forge Games, is being created using Unreal Engine 5, offering a next-generation MOBA experience. The game promises to retain the core elements that fans have loved in the original while introducing substantial upgrades. The visual enhancements are evident, but the game remains true to its roots, ensuring a familiar yet elevated experience for long-time players.
The sequel introduces an array of new features and improvements. A redesigned user interface promises a more intuitive and streamlined experience. Players can look forward to new pantheons and abilities, overhauled systems for Relics and Items, and a simplified process for building items. Dynamic map objectives and more impactful combat mechanics are also on the agenda, though details on these are still under wraps.
Ensuring Legacy and Innovation
One of the key concerns for existing Smite players is the transition to the new game. Hi-Rez Studios has addressed this through the Divine Legacy program. This initiative honors the dedication of veteran players by converting all purchased Gems from the original game into Legacy Gems for Smite 2. Additionally, the program offers unique rewards like skins, badges, and Gold Mastery levels, some of which are cross-generational, bridging both game versions.
In their commitment to the franchise, Titan Forge Games has reassured players that the original Smite will continue to receive support and updates. The servers for the original game will remain active, ensuring that players can enjoy both versions of the game simultaneously. As time progresses, the focus might shift more towards Smite 2, but for the foreseeable future, both games will receive the attention and development they deserve.