Free-To-Play Shooter Paladins Coming to PC And “Current Generation Consoles” in 2016

A free-to-play title from Hi-Rez Studios (Smite), Paladins is in development for the PC and “current generation consoles,” with a 2016 release planned.

Combining a fantasy setting with the action of a team-based first-person shooter, Hi-Rez Studios says Paladins “also offers deep strategy and in-match character progression through decks of collectible cards, which amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities.”

The description continues:

In Paladins, teams are pitted against one another. Each combatant enters the battle with a primary weapon, a set of combat and movement abilities, and a personal mount to carry them quickly from one fight to the next. Players begin each match with a customizable deck of skill cards which can be activated and evolved upon leveling up in-match for enhanced strength, defense or utility throughout the session. 

Hi-Rez Studios COO Todd Harris said:

We’ve managed to keep Paladins under wraps for over a year now, so the dev team is really  looking forward to receiving feedback from the hands-on demo at gamescom. We’ve focused on making something we find fun and competitive, and soon players will help us craft how Paladins grows from here.

Senior Producer Mick Larkins adds that Paladins is “still early in development.”

Paladins will be playable at gamescom this week in Hi-Rez Studios’ Booth A-051 in Hall 9. You can sign up for the closed beta on the game’s official website.