The open beta for SMITE on the Xbox One kicks off this week, July 8 to be precise. But here's the interesting thing: it's launching with Australian servers from the get go.
The Xbox One version of SMITE has been in closed beta for a while, but getting local servers going for the public launch gives SMITE a greater chance at success here in Australia. Seems like a great point of difference.
“We’re delighted to offer SMITE communities the best possible experience on PC and now console, and we are impressed with the growth of the game on PC in Australia. We are pleased to support the release of SMITE on Xbox One with dedicated Australian servers from next week,” said Andy Anderson, Xbox One Senior Producer, Hi-Rez Studios.
It seems as though the game will be running on the local infrastructure already set up for the PC version of the game as opposed to running on Microsoft's Azure servers. Either way -- good news for local players.
SMITE on the Xbox One is an interesting sell. On the one hand, the MOBA genre is a very PC focused genre, on the other? SMITE is a very accessible MOBA, with a control system that would appear to work well with a traditional controller. It's very action focused and might work well with players looking to ease their way into a traditionally terrifying genre.