Hello Rez Studios and Titan Forge Video games will launch a sequel to Smite, the third-person MOBA that was first launched in 2014 and has drawn 40 million gamers since, the businesses introduced Friday. Smite 2 will deliver with it an Unreal Engine 5-powered improve, and guarantees full cross-play and cross-progression.
Smite 2’s builders say that the transfer from Smite’s Unreal Engine three to Epic Video games’ latest recreation engine will give the sequel extra “godlike influence” — that means graphical upgrades and extra dazzling results. However Titan Forge and Hello Rez are additionally promising gameplay enhancements, together with an up to date person interface and higher matchmaking. Builders additionally say that Smite 2 shall be constructed with a number of management schemes in thoughts from the beginning: keyboard and mouse, controller, and even SteamDeck.
The unique Smite isn’t going away. Titan Forge and Hello Rez say they plan to maintain the unique operating as a stand-alone title, and the sport “will proceed to obtain common updates and servers will stay out there for the foreseeable future.” However not all cosmetics from Smite will carry over to Smite 2, given the endeavor of bringing 10 years of content material to the sequel.
“There are at the moment over 1,600 skins in Smite, excluding Mastery skins,” Titan Forge and Hello Rez mentioned in an FAQ on the Smite 2 web site. “To simply port each pores and skin to Smite 2 would take about 246 person-years of labor. And we couldn’t each try this, and make Smite 2 as wonderful as we knew it could possibly be if we centered on beginning anew.”
An alpha playtest of Smite 2 is deliberate for the spring. Smite followers desirous about giving the sequel a go can register to participate on the recreation’s official web site.
Smite 2 shall be playable on PlayStation 5, SteamDeck, Home windows PC, and Xbox Sequence X. Like the unique Smite, it is going to be free to play.
The unique Smite launched on PC in 2014, and has since been ported to Nintendo Change, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. That recreation has greater than 130 playable gods from greater than a dozen pantheons, however the playable roster additionally included visitor appearances from painter Bob Ross, metallic band Slipknot, and characters from Avatar: The Final Airbender and The Legend of Korra.