Hi-Rez Studios' 2017 celebration of itself kicks off today in Atlanta, making it the perfect time to reveal one of Smite's coolest gods yet, The Morrigan, and a third (that's right, third) game in the mythology battles franchise, Smite Rivals.
What began as the annual Smite World Championships has blossomed into a fan convention with the 2017 esports grand finals as the centrepiece. Teams from around the world will be competing for top honours in the god-based action MOBA on both PC and console. This time around the competition is joined by Hi-Rez's newly booming competitive game, Paladins, with select teams competing in a $US150,000 ($206,250) invitational, leading in to the hero shooter's first official competitive season.
The first day of the 2017 Hi-Rez Expo also marks a milestone for Smite Tactics, the 1-on-1 competitive turn-based spin-off announced back in October. The game is now entering closed beta, which in Hi-Rez terms means folks who purchase a founders pack get instant access and a slew of things they should probably get their hands on at a low price anyway, as it just makes sense.
Not content to have two games from two different genres with two different art styles, Hi-Rez today announces Smite Rivals, a fast-paced, free-to-play collectible card battler for PC and mobile devices. Interested players can sign up for that beta over at the Smite Rivals website.
This is all very nice, but the best news out of the show today is the reveal of The Morrigan, the first entry in Smite's new Celtic pantheon. The Morrigan is sneaky, manipulative and has the power to use the ultimate of any god in the match she is currently playing in. In the right hands, she's going to be so terrifying.
Hi-Rez has a whole to-do going on about the addition of the Celtic pantheon to Smite, which you can get more info on here.