The PlayStation 4 is about to become the epic battleground of gods as Sony announces the highly-anticipated arrival of Smite with a new gameplay trailer.
Launching on the PC a few years back and joining the Xbox One lineup last year, Smite is finally making its way to the Sony family of consoles with an impending launch on the PlayStation 4.
Earlier this morning we mentioned that Paragon would be upping the MOBA game on consoles soon and, hot on its heels, we now have even more fantastic news for fans of the genre gaming on PS4. The announcement was made official this morning on the PlayStation Blog, complete with the above trailer being posted by Community Manager Amanda Erickson.
According to Erickson, a closed alpha testing period began on Sony’s home console today, with a closed beta to begin in early March. If you would like to sign up to take part in that beta, you may head on over to the official website and provide the team with your email address and country of residence.
MOBAs certainly have been making quite a few waves these days, spurred on by heavy hitters like League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm. It turns out that Smite has a bit more in common with games like Paragon, though, which put a heavier emphasis on action gameplay than straight strategy. There’s plenty of depth, sure, but there’s also more opportunity to just wail on your foes and activate massive abilities.
As the official announcement states, Smite already clocks in at over 14 million players. That number is certainly going to see a spike once the game launches on PS4, however, as there’s an entire audience of folks who either don’t have a gaming PC or simply prefer to play on a console.
Just like its PC and Xbox One counterparts, Smite on PS4 will remain free-to-play. You’ll have access to all of the game’s modes, as well as a collection of free gods who will always be on your roster, including Ymir, Thor, Neith, Guan Yu and Ra. There’s also a free god rotation that lets you try out other deities on a regular basis at no extra charge and, if you like what you see, you can fork over some actual currency to add them to your team. You can also unlock them with currency you acquire in-game, if you are the patient type. In total, there are more than 70 gods currently up for grabs.
And because exclusives are basically mandatory these days, the beta will begin the launch of several players skins that are only available for the PlayStation 4. One will be for folks who link their PS4 and PC accounts while the other is for Plus subscribers.
Want to buy your way into the beta and enjoy all current and future gods, 400 gems and some additional goodies? Then you’ll be able to pick up a Founder’s Pack for $29.99 once the beta begins. Actually, that’s a really decent price considering the fact that some fighting games charge $5 per extra character. Getting 70-plus for $30 seems like a steal if you’re picking up what Smite is putting down.