PAX Prime 2013 Recap Day 3: FFXIV, Guns of Icarus Online, SMITE, The Repopulation, and Cosplay Round-Up!
SMITE Tencent Interview and New Content Teaser
Now it’s been bugging me since prior to Gamescom when HiRez sent me info on the Tencent publishing deal of just how long this partnership had been in the works. After the Riot Games purchase by the megalith Chinese publisher, you’d be hard pressed to find a veteran MOBA player in SMITE who wasn’t worried what ripple effects this could mean for the game as a whole.
Thankfully when interviewing COO Todd Harris, he made it clear that the HiRez still had full creative control of the franchise so Tencent wouldn’t be forcing anything on us North American players that didn’t gain approval from their design team first. To my surprise the deal had actually been in the works for almost a year now, so the only real change now is the focused effect to pump some long overdue Chinese themed deities and heroes into the game. Check out my interview below for full details on this as well as the upcoming 10 versus 10 GotD mode, and even a chance to win some Convention Kali skins!
Games mentioned in this article
- Guns of Icarus - Guns of Icarus Online is a multiplayer FPS title centered on crew-versus-crew battles aboard flying steampunk ships. Play as an engineer, a gunner, or even a captain of about half-a-dozen flying ships, as you customize, pilot, and fight your way through the highly competitive and flavorful world of Guns of Icarus Online.
- Final Fantasy XIV - Welcome to Eorzea, a wonderous world filled with many of the species and creatures you've come to know over the years in the Final Fantasy series. Join up with others and embark on incredible adventures in a redesigned MMORPG!
- SMITE - Snag a first look at SMITE, a mythology themed MOBA from Hi-Rez Studios.
- League Of Legends - With an ever-expanding roster of champions, frequent updates and a thriving tournament scene, League of Legends offers endless re-playability for players of every skill level.