SMITE makes the jump to Switch
SMITE has a new platform in it’s repertoire with a new launch onto the Nintendo Switch. Hi-Rez Studios brings the MOBA to Switch with full feature support and a ton of fun new ideas. Things brings an entirely new group of gamers to the horde of already 30 million fans jumping onto this particular MOBA bandwagon.
The game will ultimately be making the full jump to the realms of free-to-play fully, but those who want to buy in do have some options. There’s a $30 founder pack available right now that unlocks all current and future gods, of which there are currently more than 100. The pack also includes a portion of gems to buy in-game items with, as well as a few cosmetic skins for your account. Players who snap up the Founder’s Pack will also get access to early beta access on the Switch.
Another major change coming with the launch of the Switch is the beginning of support for full cross-platform play across almost all versions of the game. PS4 gamers are currently left out of that particular loop due to Sony policy, but all other platforms can game together, and will continue to get the same monthly updates of patches and new content.
Here’s how that works:
“For cross-play platforms, there will be a global, cross-platform leaderboard. As players will be able to move freely from across platforms and input methods on a single account, all players will be tracked on the same leaderboard regardless of their main platform or control scheme. Cross-play will be supported across PC launcher, PC and Mac Steam, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. We are technically ready to support cross-play on other platforms as the opportunity arises. By default, casual matchmaking will find the best matches for players regardless of platform or input method. SMITE and Paladins players can choose to play only against players with the same input method (either keyboard and mouse, or controller) in casual matches. However, players will find higher quality matches, more quickly, by leaving cross-input matchmaking enabled. By linking your separate platform accounts to a Hi-Rez Account, you will effectively have one account across PC launcher, PC and Mac Steam, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.”
This new glut of players in SMITE should help cut down queue times drastically, something many players have been complaining about for a while now.
To coincide with this new release, Hi-Rez also dropped a new trailer showing the Switch port in action, check that out down below. In addition to Switch, SMITE is out now on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation 4.
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