Paladins enters open beta on PS4 and Xbox One


Hi-Rez Studios is taking its online shooter Paladins: Champions of the Realm to the next stage, with the beginning of the open beta on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. To celebrate this milestone, there’s a special Double Gold event running for all platforms (PC included) until May 7, where players earn double gold from their matches (in case the name of the event didn’t give it away).

But there’s more! There’s a Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 Console Wars Tournament where the best Paladins console players can earn a free trip to Valencia, Spain to compete for a pool of $50,000 in the Paladins Console Wars at DreamHack Valencia 2017. Players may quality for the tournament through open bracket qualifiers, held May 20 – June 25. The top teams on each platform from North America and Europe will earn the right to participate in the tournament. For more info go here.

In another note, Hi-Rez Studios’ CEO Todd Harris told GamesIndustry.biz that he firmly believes that Paladins will be bigger than SMITE soon, which is a formidable feat. And by soon we mean in about a year:

“I expect both games [SMITE and Paladins] to continue to grow very well, but I certainly expect a year from now there will likely be more Paladins players on all platforms than Smite, and part of that is because the game is a bit more accessible.” He continues: “Smite is a MOBA with shooting elements; Paladins is an FPS with MOBA elements, and I think that’s going to make it accessible to a larger number of people. And that’s what we’ve already seen on the PC and what we expect to happen on the console.”

Do you think it will actually happen or Paladins needs a bit more than one year?


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