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Following rumors that Paladins would be announced for the Switch during E3 2018, Hi-Rez Studios has made everything official with a new trailer promising the hero shooter is indeed coming to Nintendo's new console.
The above trailer went live this morning, letting everyone know that Paladins is indeed ready to roll on the Nintendo Switch. That's good news for several reasons, beginning with the fact that Paladins is a very solid free-to-play shooter that's similar in a lot of ways to the genre juggernaut, Overwatch.
In Paladins, players divide into two class-based teams and work together in order to push objectives. Whether you're trying to claim territory or slowly but surely push a payload forward, there's a lot of fun to be had in this colorful shooter that keeps things lighthearted and fun.
Paladins also has a nice cast of playable characters, featuring everything from snipers and assassins to frontline soldiers and mid-range warriors. Each character has a collection of unique abilities to master, too, giving players plenty of reasons to keep coming back for more.
Being a free-to-play game, players can purchase access to additional heroes outside of the starting cast or, of course, cosmetic items. You can earn the currency for all of that simply by playing the game, or you can spend some real-world money. Just like on other platforms, you can also choose to spend 30 bucks to grab the Founder's Pack, which includes every champion currently in the game, as well as any future editions. You'll also get some cosmetic items thrown in for good measure.
Therein lies the trick. The only way to get Paladins on the Switch next week is to purchase the Founder's Pack. Otherwise, you'll need to hang tight and wait for the full rollout later this summer. Hopefully, that sting will be lessened when you hear that the Switch version will run at 60 frames per second and actually support cross-play with the Xbox One version of the game. No word yet on whether or not Paladins accounts on other platforms will carry over to the Switch version of the game, but we've got our fingers crossed.
The other big news is that this announcement lends even more weight to the rumored list of games to be featured for the Switch at E3 next week. Paladins was on that list, and now we know that it's happening for sure. In other words, we figure that means there's a pretty good chance the other games on that list will be proven accurate, including Dragon Ball FighterZ and, of course, Fortnite.
Other than Splatoon 2, there aren't a lot of shooters available on the Switch right now. In other words, it was smart of Hi-Rez to get their game on the platform this early, as they're just about the only major FPS on Nintendo's home console/portable hybrid.