Hi-Rez Studios will be introducing a new Battle Royale game mode, to their smash-hit title, Paladins. The new mode will be known as Paladins: Battlegrounds.
Hi-Rez Studios and the World eSports Association (WESA) have announced that they will be streaming the Paladins Premier League content exclusively through Facebook Live. Facebook Groups will offer Amateur players a new path through which to compete.
The Paladins Premier League is the newest official eSports league for Hi-Rez Studios’ hero shooter, Paladins. The Paladins Premier League consists of ten member organizations from the WESA. Professional players in the league will be receiving a minimum salary and teams will be participating in revenue sharing of league profits.
“We’re very excited to announce this top tier of competitive league play as a complement to the grassroots Paladins Global Series we established last month,” said Todd Harris, COO and Co-Founder of Hi-Rez Studios. “As a community driven developer we try to meet our players where they are. And we saw our players organically congregating on Facebook with an appetite to form teams and play Paladins competitively in tournaments. This comprehensive program supports a well-defined path from amateur to professional all leveraging the global reach of Facebook.”
The Paladins community will get to enjoy top-tier gameplay, quality live coverage, and community-focused features that will help bring the Paladins community closer together. A new weekly show on Watch, Facebook’s new platform for shows, will bring news, insight, and analysis of the competitive scene.
You can learn all about the Paladins Premier League in the video below.
“We are thrilled that Facebook has joined us as we work with Hi-Rez and the WESA teams to grow the Paladins Premier League into the world-class competition that the game deserves,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Chairman and Commissioner of WESA. “We look forward to working together with Facebook on new and exciting ways to grow and engage with this exciting community.”
Paladins Premier League livestreams will kick off in Fall of 2017 on Facebook. To learn more about Paladins, check out the official site. To follow the Paladins Premier League on Facebook check the page.
Hi-Rez Studios has put out new content updates for all three of the company’s games. SMITE received a new god in the form of Artio, The Bear Goddess, Paladins received its newest hero in Janos, the Ascended, while Hand of the Gods received the biggest content update with the release of the newest pantheon in the game, the Mayan.
Hi-Rez Studios is embracing Microsoft’s newest console as they are bringing their games, SMITE and Paladins, to Xbox One X.
Paladins received its newest update, patch OB51, which gives the multiplayer hero arena shooter a new playable champion Ash, known as the War Machine.
Hi-Rez Studios has finally unveiled the announcement that so many Paladins fans have been craving. It is now official; this PC shooter can now be played for free on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Hi-Rez Expo 2017 (or HRX 2017) in Atlanta has come and gone, and as one of the bigger expos in North-eastern USA, it brought fans and developers together in an energetic celebration of all things Hi-Rez Studios.
Paladins: Champions of the Realm is one of the rare, unexpected MOBA-FPS titles to hit the gaming community this year. Once called an “Overwatch clone,” the game has stood its own on both PC and console. And according to Steam statistics from Nov 11th, that includes hitting the top five charts for Steam’s most popular video games.
Paladins: Champions of the Realm has turned out to be quite the successful FPS-MOBA hit over the past month. First, Hi-Rez Studios and Chinese investment holding company Tencent Holdings brought the game into the Chinese casual and eSports market. Then the game emerged on Steam’s top 10 list, along with plans for inviting international teams to Hi-Rez’s official Paladins Invitational. Now, the PlayStation Blog has officially announced that Hi-Rez Studios’ offering is headed to PlayStation 4, with the official Paladins website also offering an Xbox One sign-up.
Posted by Hi-Rez Console Producer Kabir Barry, the PlayStation Blog announcement reveals that Paladins was “designed with console in mind” during the game’s development. In order to create a solid console control scheme, Barry states that Hi-Rez “enlisted some big-name console gamers to make sure the control scheme feels just right.” Of course, the game is also free on console, just as it is on PC: making it an easy FPS-MOBA choice for players that cannot quite afford Blizzard’s Overwatch or Gearbox Software’s Battleborn.
The news is also a major move forward for Paladins, providing Hi-Rez an ever-expanding audience to play their game. With Barry noting that “more than 1 million people played Paladins” during its first ten days in open beta,” it’s certainly proven a popular title on PC and Mac alone. Its debut on Steam most likely helped boost Paladins‘ popularity too, raising it into a unique alternative to Blizzard’s retail release. But the jump into the console market may give Paladins the push to break out across demographics, landing with both PC enthusiasts and console players looking for a quick competitive fix.
No plans have been announced yet by Hi-Rez for the Closed Beta’s official release date. Until then, links for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are live now, so feel free to stop by and put your name in.
September has been a strong month for Hi-Rez Studios. Earlier in the month, Hi-Rez Studios partnered with Tencent Holdings in China, inviting the top Paladins: Champions of the Realm eSports Chinese team to compete at the Paladins Invitational at the Hi-Rez Expo held early next year. Then on Sept 16th, Hi-Rez made headlines again with the introduction of Paladins onto Steam Early Access. Today, Hi-Rez issued a press release confirming that Paladins is not just among Steam’s most popular games, but that Hi-Rez is also expanding their Paladins Invitational to include teams from around the world.
aHi-Rez Studios’ free-to-play first-person shooter Paladins: Champions of the Realm is headed to China, a press release announced today. Teaming up with Chinese investment holding company Tencent Holdings, Hi-Rez and Tencent will host the top Chinese Paladins eSports team at the inaugural Paladins Invitational Tournament at the Hi-Rez Expo from January 5th to 8th. The Invitational will hold a $150,000 prize for whichever team can hold their own throughout the competition.