Xbox One's First MOBA Enters Open Beta Today
You can play Smite right now on Xbox One; special reward available for people who link their PC and Xbox One accounts.
Following its closed beta period in May, the Xbox One's first MOBA--the third-person action game Smite--is now available to everyone. You can download the free-to-play, mythology-inspired game right now through your console or online at the Xbox website. Smite requires an Xbox Live Gold subscription on Xbox One.
Smite's virtual marketplace, where players can spend real-world money to acquire new gear, has also launched. Developer Hi Rez stresses that all purchases, progress, and achievements earned during the open beta will carry forward to the final version, which is scheduled to launch sometime this summer.
Though Smite is a free game, players can buy the $30 Founder's Pack to unlock every god character currently in the game (there are 65 right now), as well as all future gods, 400 Gems (the game's virtual currency), an "exclusive" Ares skin, and the Ymir "Cacodemon X" skin.
The Founder's Pack will be discontinued when Smite launches in full.
Hi Rez has also announced that people who link their PC and Xbox One Smite accounts will receive a special bonus in the form of a Zeus skin, which can be used on both platforms. There is also a one-time account merge option players can take advantage of; get all the details at this special landing page.
Originally released in March 2014 for PC to a positive critical reception, Smite has attracted more than 7 million players to date. The game is focused around the Gods of mythology, and Hi Rez claims it offers "more game modes than any other leading game in its genre."
For lots more on Smite, check out GameSpot's in-depth interview with the game's creators.
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