Paladins Overtakes GTA V On Steam

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You could argue that being free-to-play immediately gives Hi-Rez's shooter an advantage. But the free-to-play game is quickly picking up popularity on Steam, surpassing long-time favourites on Steam such as Rust, Skyrim, Arma 3 and GTA V.

Paladins has been kicking around for while; anyone who attended PAX Australia last year might have played around with it a little on the exhibition floor. But the game's open beta only officially kicked off around 10 days ago, and has quickly become one of the most popular titles on Steam.

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Comparisons between Paladins and Overwatch don't seem to have hurt, either. Its free-to-play nature works for people who didn't want to shell out $60 or more for Overwatch. The game's also been revamped substantially in the last year; the look is much sharper, and the gameplay has been sped up substantially.

It's a helpful reminder of just how popular the team-based, MOBA-esque formula still is. There's no word on when Paladins plans to leave Early Access, although if the path of similar games — Heroes of the Storm and SMITE come to mind — you can probably expect a full release within 12 to 18 months.

Paladins is free to download on Steam right now.


Comments

    Bomb king is the bestest. His servants have no idea what their in for.

    can blizzard sue paladin makers if its free to play? its so close to overwatch its unreal

      Overwatch isn't that original either

        *COUGH* Team Fortress 2 *COUGH*

          OW is not as similar to TF2 as Paladins is to Overwatch, but who fucking cares.

      it was in development way before overwatch

    global agenda was good while it lasted..... might have to get this

    It's worth getting Paladins just to annoy the crap outta blizzard.

      Yes, blizzard is totally annoyed that 20 thousand people play Palandins while around 10 million play overwatch.

      Blizzard is gonna be soooooo triggered......

      Last edited 26/09/16 5:30 pm

    Yes we all know how this goes, It will be popular for a week or two, Then it will drop like every other F2P game that gets a sudden surge on steam.

      I think you are wrong why would it drop its what people what who cant afford overwatch or dont want to pay and i have recently downloaded it and its fun even if you loose and has good servers

        Why would it drop? I dont know, Because every single other F2P game has done the exact same thing?

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