Following suit with popular games such as Fortnite and PUBG, Hi Rez has introduced a new adventure for their popular MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) SMITE. At their convention early this year, Hi Rez announced a similar mode in their FPS (first person shooter) Paladins, which is set to be released sometime this year. Currently playable on the Public Test Server (PTS), Patch 5.10: Medusa’s Deathmatch brings some balance changes as well as new skins for some of the Gods. You can read the patch notes here for all the changes.

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Medusa’s Deathmatch will feature three teams of three Gods in an all-out brawl. A new Egyptian-inspired map was created specifically for this adventure and introduces a world-shrinking mechanic in the shape of a sandstorm. As the round progresses the storm begins to move in closer and forces players towards the middle of the map to fight. Those who are brave enough to head into the match straight-on will be rewarded with team buffs for completing objectives and for killing enemy Gods. They have also included a stealth mechanic which allows Gods to step into grass patches and disappear for a short period. This can be used in an attempt to sneak attack or as a way to avoid the wrath of an enemy God. To win a round all enemy teams must be completely eliminated and the first team to win three rounds will win the entire match.

I am beyond excited for Medusa’s Deathmatch and even went ahead and re downloaded the PTS in order to get a better look at the adventure. The last few adventures had all been missing something that I just couldn’t put my finger on. Because SMITE rolls out a new adventure about every six weeks, they really need to be on the top of their game. While it might seem like just another Battle Royale to some, the little additions to this adventure really help make it seem like so much more. Everyone knows the best part of a SMITE match is the God vs. God action and this adventure brings that front and center.

Patch 5.10 Medusa’s Deathmatch will hopefully be available in the next week or so for PC, PlayStation4 and Xbox One; however no date has been announced.

[Images courtesy of Hi-Rez]


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