Hi-Rez Studios has always been a company that doesn't stray far from the latest gaming trends. They have SMITE
in the MOBA department and Paladins: Champions of the Realm
making waves with FPS fans. Now they've announced the imminent launch of Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics
Hand of the Gods
is a free-to-play strategy card game that players have placed in a genre alongside titles like Hearthstone
and Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
. It takes the mythological gods featured in the SMITE
universe and sees them as leaders of their respective pantheons, such as Mayan, Egyptian and Norse. Each pantheon has a special leader ability and accompanying cards. Mixing the two together creates a variety of playstyles and strategies with the attraction of card collecting to boot.
Formerly known simply as SMITE Tactics
, Hand of the Gods
was announced last year and began closed testing shortly after. The PC version went into open beta in July. Its release will roll out on consoles in the same fashion as SMITE
; it will begin with a closed testing phase and will be followed by an open beta before later releasing in full.
Always looking to incentivize players to invest in their full library of games, Hand of the Gods
has a Founder's Pack that gives access to the Enyo Bellona skin in SMITE
, similar to how SMITE
cosmetics could be obtained by buying the Paladins Founder's Pack
. There is also the Venus Competitors Pack that will reward SMITE
players the Venus Aphrodite skin. The packs are already available
for the PC version and can be expected to appear on consoles further in the testing phase.
For those interested in testing out the free game on console, sign ups are already live for PS4 here