Calling all gods and goddesses! Smite has finally moved into open beta on the Xbox One, meaning anyone with a console and some free time can now jump in and get to battling friends and strangers alike in this free-to-play MOBA.
After hosting a closed beta for Smite earlier this year, the folks at Hi-Rez Studios are now ready to throw the doors wide open, inviting everyone with an Xbox One to log in, pick a deity and get to fighting.
As stated above, Smite is a free-to-play title, so as long as you have an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you don’t need to pay a dime to play the game to your heart’s content. There are certainly things you can spend your money on in-game if you feel so inclined, but we’ll get to those details in just a moment. It’s also important to note that all of your progress in the open beta will roll over into the full game, so don’t worry about your toons and stats getting wiped.
Similar to League of Legends and DotA 2, as well as the much more recently launched Heroes of the Storm, Smite is all about two teams of players battling for control over a map. In order to do that, you’ll need to pick a god or goddess and find a healthy mix of abilities with your teammates in order to overpower the other squad. Playing with strangers works just fine but, if you really want to have a blast, these games typically play best when you’ve got a group of regulars together who know their role and work as a single unit.
What sets Smite apart from those other games is the fact that it’s available on a home console, and not just PC. This is the Xbox One’s first MOBA, actually, so I imagine the open beta will draw a decent crowd.
While much of the game is available for you to enjoy at no cost, Smite works on a free-to-play system similar to those other MOBAs listed above. You can spend real world currency on gems, which are used as an in-game currency, or you can jump into the deep end by picking up the Founder’s Pack for $30. Those thirty bucks will unlock all 65 playable characters in Smite, as well as any other characters set to release as DLC. You’ll also net 400 gems to use on extra in-game goodies, as well as a pair of exclusive skins.
If you jump into the beta and like what you experience, you might want to act quickly on that Founder’s Pack, because it won’t be around once the game goes into full release.
Finally, for those of you who already play Smite on the PC, you can link your existing account with your Xbox One to receive an extra skin for the Zeus character.
For more details, check out Smite’s official page for Xbox One.