Hi-Rez Studios’ popular free-to-play team-based multiplayer shooter on the PC is on its way to rival Overwatch on the consoles. For now, the developers are opting for a closed beta of Paladins on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.
Paladins arrived for the PC through Steam’s Early Access program back in September 2016. The game was quick to rise through Steam’s most played games list, gathering millions of players in a few months.
Coming as a big competitor to Overwatch, the game is quite similar to Blizzard’s own team based multiplayer shooter; Hi-Rez has always brushed off remarks on their game imitating Overwatch. Instead, claiming that their inspiration for Paladins came through Team Fortress 2, Valve’s own multiplayer shooter the same game that Blizzard based Overwatch from.
In the end, no matter which studio thought of it first, we get to enjoy some great shooters. In fact, the free-to-play nature of Paladins is especially notable considering the $60 price tag of Overwatch on consoles.
Console players can get access to the Paladins Closed Beta using two methods. First through purchasing the Paladins Founder’s Pack or signing up for the closed beta.
While purchasing a free-to-play game does not sound exactly free, the Founders Pack gives its owners plenty of perks. Other than receiving closed beta access, players will also unlock all twenty-two playable characters that are currently available in Paladins, cutting down on the grind by a significant amount.
Moreover, buying the Founder’s Pack guarantees all upcoming Paladins characters that High-Rez is planning to release in the future. Supposedly, more than 15 Champions are arriving just in 2017.
Players that prefer to sign up for the Paladins Closed Beta can do so through the official website – here. Consequently, many gaming websites are also giving away plenty of keys, so keep an eye out to grab one.
The Paladins Closed Beta is now available on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms. Lastly, the aforementioned Founder’s Pack is currently 25% off on all platforms to celebrate the new console editions.