Wondering what’s coming to all Hi-Rez’s great Xbox games in 2022? If you missed our annual Hi-Rez Presents Keynote address which just wrapped up, read on to find out what’s coming to Smite, Paladins, and Rogue Company.
Smite: Season 9 – The Dharmic Era
New God: Shiva
Finally, the battleground of the gods quakes under the steps of a great and terrible dance: the opening motions of the Rudra Tandava.
Shiva the Destroyer will join Smite in February as the first god of Season 9 as one of the most requested gods in our history. The third aspect of divine Brahman, Shiva visits both righteous destruction upon his foes and blessed bliss for allies, with his ultimate ability displaying the terrible majesty of his annihilating dance that brings the cycle of existence to a close.
We’re so excited to bring Shiva to Smite, and finally return to the Hindu pantheon with our first Hindu God in almost five years. We’ve worked closely with Hindu consultants and specialists to ensure Shiva is presented faithfully and sensitively; in a way we hope all Hindus will be proud of.
You don’t have to wait until February to enter the Dharmic Era. Shiva’s impacts will be felt on the Conquest map from the Season 9’s start in late January. Watch the new Conquest Map fly-through here. His influence will add Hindu aesthetics to our core MOBA game mode, and bring a new gameplay feature: The Obelisk of Indra’s Scepter.
New Mode: Slash
Season 9 introduces an all-new free game mode, Slash, available this January. Combining two of Smite’s most beloved game modes, Siege and Clash, Slash combines a summonable Juggernaut with nonstop 5v5 action. You can experience this new Maya and Egyptian-inspired map as soon as Smite Season 9 launches later this month. Watch the Slash Map fly-through here.
2022 God Teaser
Along with Shiva, five more playable gods will join the fight in 2022, including some revealed in this new teaser trailer. Keep an eye on our social media on Twitter and Facebook for more updates on these newcomers.
Paladins: Season 5 – Schism
New Mode: Siege: Beyond
Meanwhile in the realm of Paladins, the champions enter a new warfront with Siege: Beyond, an all-new variant of the classic Siege. This is a living game mode, one which Evil Mojo Games intends to evolve throughout the year and introduce drastic shakeups to Paladins’ most popular game mode.
This first version of Siege: Beyond, available later this month with the Season 5 update, features a brand-new item shop to increase your tactical options far beyond classic Siege. And don’t worry, classic Siege lovers: Both Siege: Core and Siege: Beyond will be separately available modes.
New Champion: VII
As the chaos sweeping the realm perpetually escalates, each battle ferments further unrest. Some order is needed.
The brass-masked gaze of VII turns upon the battlefield with pitiless exactitude, ruthlessly executing the judgements of the Outer Tribunal. VII’s skillset is dynamic; his far-reaching grapple allows for devastating ambushes while his select-fire weapon lets him shift from automatic shots, burst fire, and mag-dumping, utilizing the best strategy for any who dare oppose him.
Abyss Hunter Academy Event Pass
While VII targets the enemies of the Outer Tribunal, other champions devote themselves to challenging the abyssal foes threatening the realm, protecting the innocent… and getting to class on time.
Join their fight with the Abyss Hunter Academy Event Pass this January and school those demons with the Class President Rei and Schoolyard Maeve skins. We’re proud to announce that hit YouTube recording artist AmaLee wrote and recorded the theme song for this Event Pass, which you’ll be able to enjoy in-game.
Rogue Company: Ending Year 1, and Kicking Off Year 2
New Rogue: Glimpse
Dropping into the battle zone is Glimpse, a genetic experiment gone rogue. Where she once used her stolen cloaking tech to escape her creators, she now employs it to search for them. Glimpse vows to grant these shadowy foes the same destruction they had planned for her.
Glimpse is the final rogue of Year 1, coming next week to Xbox. If you own the Year 1 Pass, you already own Glimpse, so don’t forget to log in and try her out!
This final update of Year 1 will also officially kick off Project Saint, a new initiative focusing on quality-of-life improvements and new play experiences in Rogue Company.
You’ve seen the first steps of this in our Season 4: Umbra Update, with the introduction of an all-new matchmaker for better quality games and the release of the Battle Zone game mode. First Watch Games plans to continue down this path, making Rogue Company better with every update. The team is already working on features like Human Backfill to replace leavers, and a rework to the Interaction system – no more repairing your armor when you want to pick up a teammate!
New Map: Meltdown
Glimpse’s experience with secretive facilities conducting dubious experiments comes at the perfect time: An AI research lab has managed to get its self-destruct sequence tied to the eruption of Earth’s dormant volcanoes, and Jackal just started the countdown.
This hot spot is the site of Rogue Company’s newest map, Meltdown, coming with the Year 2: Season 1 update in February. Dive in, prevent global catastrophe, and teach some mad scientists not to plug a machine god into the world’s lava.
That wraps up our major new announcements for Rogue Company, Paladins, and Smite. But this week is far from over for Hi-Rez: The Smite World Championship runs January 7 to 9 on twitch.tv/Smitegame! Tune in and find out who lifts Thor’s Hammer and claims the title of world’s best.
From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of all 450+ Hi-Rez employees, thank you for your continued support and participation. We put our hearts into Smite, Paladins, and Rogue Company because you love them so much. We can’t wait to jump into the battle zone, saddle up in the realm, and go forth onto the battlefield and enjoy victory, together.
Enter the Battleground of the Gods
Join 35+ million players in SMITE, the world’s most popular action multiplayer online battle arena. Become a legend of myth, enter the Battleground of the Gods, and play FREE now!
Unleash each deity’s unique strategies, legendary weapons, and earth-shattering powers. Rain lightning down upon your foes as Zeus, assassinate from the shadows as Loki, or transform and trick your foes as the Monkey King, Sun Wukong. Which God will you choose?
Unlike other MOBAs, SMITE puts you directly onto the battlefield with a third-person action viewpoint. From blind-side ambushes to aimed shots, a new pantheon of strategic possibilities awaits.
Never played a battle arena before? Don’t worry. Auto-buy, auto-level, and the deathmatch-like Arena mode let you jump right into divine MOBA action. Aspiring pro? Top the ladders, join a competitive team, and you too could be playing at the SMITE World Championship.
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Join 50+ million players in Paladins, the free-to-play fantasy team-based shooter sensation. Wield guns and magic as a legendary Champion of the Realm, customizing your core set of abilities to play exactly how you want to play.
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Gear up and drop in to Rogue Company, the third-person tactical action shooter that puts the fate of the world in your hands. Defeat the enemy team in objective and action based game modes featuring exotic locales, thrilling gun-play, and explosions…lots of explosions. Assemble your team and play FREE now!
Skydive into high-stakes missions in hot spots around the globe. Take part in action-packed 4v4 and 6v6 game modes; control the point in King of the Hill, fight to survive in Strikeout, or plant and defuse bombs in Demolition. Looking to be more competitive? Join the Ranked queue to show off your skills. Or relax in a rotating Limited-Time Mode.
Drop in as one of the many agents of Rogue Company, each with their own unique set of skills, weapons, and gadgets! Fire explosive napalm with Switchblade’s Chaos Launcher, use Saint’s revive drone to save your teammates, or take the enemy team offline with a hack from Gl1tch. Which Rogue and play style will you choose?
Throughout each match, you’ll earn cash to spend in the in-game store. Choose how you approach each round — will you buy a katana to get up-and-personal with your foes, or the Tyr sniper rifle to take them down from afar? You can also unlock high-tech gadgets, ranging from Dima’s favorite explosives to a disorienting tear gas.
Rogue Company is 100% Free to Play. All Rogues can be unlocked free and come with additional free rewards that you can collect just by playing the game. Even better: Rogue Company supports full cross-play and cross-progression, meaning you can play with your friends regardless of platform, and bring your unlocks wherever you game.
Are you ready to save the day, look good, and get paid? Download Rogue Company and play for FREE today!
Next Week on Xbox: January 31 to February 4
Welcome to Next Week on Xbox! In this weekly feature, we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC as well as upcoming Xbox Game Pass and soon-to-be released [email protected] games! You can get more details on these games below and click their profiles for pre-order details when available (release dates are subject to change). Let’s jump in!
Strap on your jetpack and prepare for chaos! Dyna Bomb describes itself as the latest, greatest platform game from 7 Raven Studios. With 64 explosive levels, and 8 gloriously animated worlds, there’s tons here for platformer gaming fans to enjoy.
Return to Arcadia Bay and experience two award-winning Life is Strange games like never before! Remastered visuals and animation breathe new life into the great cast of characters and gripping stories.
Swing through the trees, spin sticky webs, and make friends with bugs! Be the adorable spider you’ve always wanted to be.
An immersive experience that explores how unfair society can be, both in a direct and realistic manner and with the power of fantasy elements, symbolism, and abstract storytelling. Solve puzzles, discover hidden dialogue through careful exploration and unlock new post-game features to extend the experience!
The Sealed Ampoule is a “dungeon agriculturalization Rogue-like game” combining elements of dungeon exploration and clicker-style gameplay. From the creators Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden and The Midnight Sanctuary.
Ambition Record – February 3 – Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
The count who rules the northern part of the kingdom has used forbidden, secret arts, and raised the flag of rebellion against his king. Fortify characters with the power of the dragons to fight turn-based battles, and create your own party by exploiting the job change system and customizing weapons and armor as you like.
Dreamscaper – February 3
By night, delve deep into your subconscious and discover powerful artifacts to conquer your nightmares. By day, explore the city of Redhaven, and build relationships to unlock the power of your dreams.
As the proud leader of the Dino Dudes, it’s up to you to lead your hairy band of Cro-Magnons to the top of the food chain. Discover fire, weapons, the wheel, and the dinosaurs.
Play and create custom levels of Croc’s World! You can publish them on the internet and other players can play them as well! Featuring 48 items to choose from and 6 end bosses.
The museum curator needs your help – a tourist has gone missing. You smirk at his warning of paranormal goings-on; that’s what Demon Hunters are for in this hidden object puzzle adventure game from the creators of Enigmatis and Grim Legends.
An arena shooter where you upgrade your drone, fight giant bosses, and participate in random events. You will be send to the abandoned planet as one of the participants of the show. Your goal is to survive as long as possible, fighting hordes of robots and their generals.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human – February 4 – Optimized for Xbox Series X|S ● Smart Delivery
The virus won and civilization has fallen back to the Dark Ages. The City, one of the last human settlements, is on the brink of collapse. Use your agility and combat skills to survive and reshape the world.
Choose to play as federal agent Catherine Armstrong, a young recruit with excellent scientific skills, or as Stuart Ross, a street-smart veteran. Their unique skills and personality will change how the story unfolds as they investigate a strange homicide case in this Lovecraftian visual novel.
Play in a Song in The Longest Road on Earth
Discover the Legacy of the Bretons in The Elder Scrolls Online’s New Year-Long Saga
Set out on a brand-new Elder Scrolls adventure and explore the chivalric culture of the Breton people and the island home of their noble elite in The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle.
Just announced as part of our 2022 Global Reveal, we are thrilled to unveil ESO’s next big saga and supporting releases. The Legacy of the Bretons year-long adventure begins with the upcoming Ascending Tide dungeon DLC and continues with the High Isle chapter, now available for pre-purchase on the Xbox Store!
Pre-purchase High Isle now and you’ll get immediate access to the Palefrost Elk mount and Palefrost Elk Fawn pet (Palefrost Elk Fawn pet available with pre-purchases until April 4, 2022) in addition to a host of pre-order rewards at launch. Even better, if you pre-purchase The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: High Isle, you’ll also get immediate access to the ESO base game and ALL previous chapters!
The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle arrives on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles June 21.
Welcome to the Systres Archipelago
The High Isle chapter will take you a brand-new location in the Elder Scrolls series: the Systres Archipelago, where you’ll have an opportunity to venture into the regions of High Isle and Amenos. There, you can experience the bountiful tropical atoll surrounded by stunning white cliffs that makes up the ancient home of the Breton elite.
On High Isle and Amenos, you’ll have an opportunity to immerse yourselves in the chivalric Breton society and uncover the hidden histories and lore of this proud martial people. Throughout your adventures you must also investigate the emergence of a sinister new organization, the Ascendant Order, that threatens to condemn all of Tamriel to unending war.
In addition to the main storyline, you’ll also discover no shortage of unique stand-alone quests, a new PvE Trial, two brand new companions, new World Bosses, Delves, Public Dungeons, and a host of unique rewards including achievements, collectibles, and more — plenty to keep an adventurer like you busy!
Play a Hand of Tales of Tribute
Along with the new zone and storyline, the High Isle chapter also introduces a new in-game system: Tales of Tribute. A tavern card game, Tales of Tribute allows you to compete against your fellow players and NPCs in a unique experience that is completely new to ESO and the Elder Scrolls series.
As you travel Tamriel’s taverns and play, you’ll can climb the leaderboards and unlock additional decks, upgrade your cards, and earn a whole suite of unique collectibles as rewards. Every adventurer needs some time to unwind and relax after a hard day’s questing, why not find your local tavern and play a hand of Tales of Tribute?
Explore High Isle and the rest of Tamriel with new adventuring buddies that will assist you in combat. Unlock the two new Companions by finding and completing their associated quests within the Systres Archipelago.
Fighting alongside your Companion will improve their effectiveness and taking favorable actions will build rapport. As you earn their trust and strengthen your bonds of fellowship, your Companion may share personal quests with you. You may also give them Companion-specific gear and customize them in a wide variety of ways, including setting their abilities, mounts, costumes, outfits, and more.
Don’t forget, The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle launches on June 21 for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Pre-purchase High Isle now for immediate access to the Palefrost Elk mount and Palefrost Elk Fawn pet (Palefrost Elk Fawn pet available with pre-purchases until April 4, 2022), plus unique bonus rewards at launch. Keep an eye out for more on the Legacy of the Bretons year-long adventure and High Isle chapter in the coming months — we’ll see you in Tamriel!
The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: High Isle Collector’s Edition
A brand-new Elder Scrolls adventure! Experience a world without limits with The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: High Isle Collector’s Edition and get access to the Base Game and all Chapters:
• High Isle (New for 2022)
Pre-purchase now to begin your adventure immediately in the Base Game or previous Chapters and gain instant access to the Palefrost Elk Mount and Palefrost Elk Fawn Pet*. Claim pre-purchase rewards in addition to these exclusive Collector’s Edition items at launch:
• Amenos Ornaug
• Balfiera Senche Cub
• Ascendant Knight Outfit Style
• Hoard of the Schemers Memento
• High Isle Emote Pack
• And Previous Collector’s Edition Rewards!
ULTIMATE FREEDOM—Create your ultimate RPG character, play solo or adventure with friends, and determine your fate in an ever-expanding world. With no level restrictions, go anywhere at any time in a truly open world. In The Elder Scrolls Online, the choice is yours.
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE—Begin your adventures in Tamriel wherever you like: emerge from Coldharbour in the Base Game, battle Dragons in the Elsweyr Chapter, or face the Prince of Destruction, Mehrunes Dagon, in Blackwood. All content is immediately accessible for new players, and you can switch adventures whenever you like.
INCLUDES LATEST CHAPTER: HIGH ISLE—Set out on a brand-new Elder Scrolls journey and uncover an epic storytelling experience told across three DLCs and the High Isle Chapter in the Legacy of the Bretons year-long adventure. A tale of chivalric honor and political upheaval set within the stunning Systres Archipelago awaits.
*Palefrost Elk Fawn Pet available with pre-purchases until April 4, 2022.
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