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.

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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.

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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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I tried this yesterday, MOBA hard as heck to play on console compared to a PC which i'm used to and it's hard to figure what all the moves are first time playing. I think I will try it out on PC instead.

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Love this game and I'm glad I'll see even more people now!

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The founders pack is definitely worth the money and it saves you the headache.

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Is this PVP only?

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@sladakrobot: yep

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@sladakrobot: if you want to have fun and make more xp yes. The ai is pretty easy to beat on all the modes it's not very fun. It also uses the same opponents over and over.

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@sladakrobot: No, there is co-op pve too.

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$30 Founder pack is such an incredible value worth investing into if you really enjoy this game.

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This game is great fun, I've been in Alpha for a couple months. There is definitely a learning curve, but once you find a character that fits your play style and figure out generally the MOBA dance, it's a blast to play. I play a few matches a week when I've got a spare 40 minutes here and there.

This game is getting me even more hyped for GIGANTIC, which looks insane.

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@dancerofdeath42: I feel the same way. Can't wait for the gigantic beta in August.

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Damn that means even more failed pugs.....lol but smite has been a blast when my whole team is able to get on.

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DLC, subscriptions...looks like a must pass

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@40mdf0: Do your homework before you speak.. peasent

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@40mdf0: wtf u talking about....u dumb?

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It's going to be an awesome game. :d Gonna get some screens on http://glitchbay.net/

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I have put in almost 80 hours in the beta, this game is amazing. It's a must play for sure!!!

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It still needs a sub fee

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@PETERAKO: There's no sub fee for smite....

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@Crypt_mx: I was talking about Xbox live gold

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@PETERAKO: oh lol that's mandatory for mostly everything. I don't know any X1 owners without gold.

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@Crypt_mx: Well, you still play, and the only gold Ive ever had was the free month I got when I bought my xbox360 and that was back 2009

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@PETERAKO: I never said I didn't pay. If you have an Xbox console and don't pay for gold it's a waste imo. Worth every penny for me.

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Xbox rules.

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@MotelDiscoVerde: whatever you say, corporate drone

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@PETERAKO: ur an idiot dude

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@sbkline: You should reconsider who is the idiot. Im not the one licking the bums of people who couldn't care less about me.

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Been playing the game since alpha on the Xbox and the improvements have to great along with the game. I'm enjoying this game and being my first MOBA, I'm glad to see it out on a console cause I'm not a PC gamer.

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@BigShotSmoov007: I dont think there will be many other moba's on consoles... Smite's third person view lends itself to a controller, but I wouldnt think any moba's with the top down view like league will be making their way to consoles

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@the_funyarinpa: Years ago they said fps and rts could never work, on consoles, what a load of bollocks that turned out to be eh lol.

It's weather or not the genre can get a good number of players, I bet many will be looking at Smite to see if it proves popular or not with console gamers, if it is, more will follow.

It's free to play/try so nothing to loose in giving it a go.

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@the_funyarinpa:

Well they have Gigantic coming out the end of the year and that's a crOSS play moba, and battle born next year so we'll see some more definitely. Especially if Smite becomes as huge on the xbox as it is on the PC.