Currently available in Open Beta on PC, free-to-play fantasy-themed team-based shooter Paladins: Champions of the Realm will soon see a Closed Beta on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, developer Hi-Rez Studios announced today. You can sign up for the Closed Beta by following these PS4 and Xbox One links.
“Paladins is set in a fantasy world of ancient technology. Here, you’ll fight your way through the Realm — a world of enchanted forests, ancient temples, medieval castles, and frozen keeps. It’s just like your favorite fantasy books… with a little twist,” Producer Kabir Barry said.
Choosing from one of 17 Champions (more will be added regularly) in every match, Paladins lets you play the way you want thanks to its collectible card system:
You can build your own deck of cards to amplify and augment each Champion’s core set of abilities, so he or she becomes exactly the Champion that you want to play.
Quick example: Androxus is a creepy demon dude with a revolver. He can be a pure gunslinger, dashing into close range and unloading rapid-fire shots. He can be an elusive airborne sniper, hovering above the Realm. He can be a counter-puncher, using an enemy’s own bullets against them. Or he can be something else entirely — whatever you come up with!
Developed with consoles in mind since day one, Barry says Paladins uses a fair free-to-play model, similar to Smite. While you can unlock all of the Champions for free just by playing, buying the $20 Founder’s Pack gives immediate access to every Champion (present and future).
In its first 10 days, the Paladins Open Beta saw more than one million players on PC. Here’s a look at gameplay: