It's no secret that I had a massively positive experience during my time in the SMITE closed and open beta's but now the game has officially launched I ask one simple question. Does SMITE have what it takes to compete with the MOBA legends? SMITE's journey through development has been a rather unique one. It first began as a new game mode idea for the struggling science-fiction based MMO shooter, Global Agenda, but quickly grew into something bigger, much bigger. We've come a long way since SMITE's early concept days and after almost 14 months in open beta, launch day has finally arrived. Should Hi-Rez have stuck to developing their rather lackluster shooter or was making SMITE into a standalone product the right choice?
Well firstly, that's a no-brainer. Like many of the genres in the MMO world the MOBA scene quickly became inundated with poor clones attempting to cash in on the explosive popularity surge following the release of DotA and League of Legends, and very few of those titles bothered to innovate in any sense of the word. I understand it can be difficult to bring something new to a genre when its very foundations focus around very specific mechanics and repetition. Lanes, towers, abilities, items, all MOBA titles share these elements so what's left to change?
Well, Hi-Rez Studios did the obvious. They addressed the biggest issue with the previously available MOBA games, the level of accessibility for the average player. The isometric view isn't really a perspective that most console and casual PC players are used to using. The level of familiarity offered by SMITE's third-person perspective ensures players from all walks of gaming life can pick up the game and instantly feel familiar with the controls. It still provides the traditionally steep learning curve famous throughout the MOBA genre, and the level of depth in regards to unique builds and variations is unrivaled - but the greatest innovation in SMITE is its simplicity.
So, earlier I asked a question. Is SMITE ready to compete with the already established games on the MOBA scene? And to that question I have one very simple answer, yes. League of Legends better sleep with one eye open, there's a new kid on the block.