Hi-Rez Studios has announced that Paladins, their hyphen-heavy free-to-play team-based first-person-shooter, will come out of early access on PC and land on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next week.
Paladins came out shortly after Blizzard’s Overwatch and immediately drew comparisons to the mega-popular shooter. Even still, Paladins has managed to accumulate a fairly large audience and often finds itself among the top five games played on Steam on any given day. Being free-to-play has allowed the game to find an audience that wasn’t being competed for.
In January, Hi-Rez announced a battle royale mode for Paladins kind of surprisingly titled Paladins: Battlegrounds. The mode went into beta in February, but Hi-Rez has not spoken much about it since. Once the full game releases, it’s likely Battlegrounds will see the bulk of Hi-Rez’s development attention.
Players who played Paladins before today will receive a gift of 200 crystals, equivalent to about $5, for logging in between release and May 30.
I have tooled around a bit with Paladins. I like the artstyle, but I never got a good sense for what makes the game fun. A lot of people have, though, and enjoy the game quite a bit.