SMITE World Championship Keynote Reveals
Hi-Rez Studios has opened the 2016 SMITE World Championship, revealing new details about SMITE and its latest titles, Paladins and Jetpack Fighter.
Season 3 of SMITE will focus heavily on improving the game's overall user experience, including changes to the in-game shop, the introduction of Daily Quests and a host of user interface updates. But most notably, Season 3 will introduce the long-awaitedÂ Japanese Pantheon. Amaterasu, the Goddess of the Sun, will be the first of these new playable characters based on Japanese mythology to join the Battleground of the Gods, starting January 12th on PC (and late February on Xbox One). Amaterasu's release also begins the new multi-week event, Rising Dawn, which will include many Japanese-themed skins, such as Kaiju Sobek and Harajuku Neith.
SMITE will also feature aÂ 3v3 Joust League, a highly requested feature from the community, as well as an all-newÂ 3v3 Joust map, a Chinese-themed environment based on the sky palace from the famous Sun Wukong legend.
In addition, Hi-Rez has officially launched its first mobile game,Â Jetpack Fighter, a swipe-to-attack, high-speed platformer with gear progression. One of Jetpack Fighter's heroines, Leona, will also appear in SMITE as an alternate skin for the goddess Nemesis, and Nemesis will be a playable character in Jetpack Fighter. The game is available today in all English-speaking territories as a free-to-download title on select iOS devices via the App Store; additional markets will follow in the coming months.
Hi-Rez also revealed that Grover, the treant of SMITE's Sylvanus, will be the next playable Champion to join Paladins, its team-based, first-person shooter, currently in closed beta on PC. Hi-Rez announced the first official Paladins tournament, expected this spring with a prize pool of $100,000. More information about the game's development will arrive throughout the year.
The SMITE World Championship is currently underway and will conclude on Sunday, January 10th. The winning team from the PC World Championship will take home the majority share of a $1 million prize pool, while competitors in the Xbox One Invitational will battle over a $150,000 prize pool. Watch the SWC at www.twitch.tv/smitegame.