The Alpharetta, Georgia based Hi-Rez studios’ latest game Smite, was announced during the August 12th Xbox Gamescom press conference.
Smite, which puts gamers in the role of gods who fight alongside mythological creatures, launched in March for Windows PC in both North America and Europe. Hi-Rez Studios’ COO, Todd Harris had this to say about the game
“SMITE’s high-action gameplay makes it unique among leading MOBAs in that it is incredibly fun and engaging to play on a console controller”.
In a prepared statement Harris also mentioned, “The Xbox One provides the perfect platform for us to bring the Battleground of the Gods to console gamers around the world.
Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox for Microsoft, added, “As a third-person action game, SMITE is perfectly suited for the Xbox One controller. We’re excited to feature a MOBA that fits our console audience in gameplay and look forward to Xbox gamers around the globe battling for dominance”.
The latest iteration in the popular franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be getting an Xbox One hardware bundle on November 3rd.
The Xbox One Bundle, which is now available for $499, will feature a “custom” Advanced Warfare console design and controller, as well as digital download of the game, a Limited Edition exoskeleton and a 1TB hard drive. Additionally, the digital download of the game is the Day Zero edition which means those that order the bundle will get it a full day ahead of the game’s official release.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is developed by Sledgehammer games and features a futuristic environments and weapons in a highly anticipated change for the series.
Exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 and expected for release in Early 2015, ScreamRide is a game in development from Frontier Developments. Frontier made the first three Roller Coaster Tycoon games and have partnered with Microsoft Studios as Roller Coaster Tycoon is now owned by Atari.
According to Frontier, ScreamRide, “reinvents the builder/action genre with a unique balance of creation, addictive gameplay and destruction”.
Gamers will be allowed to build roller coaster rides and environments as well as, “pilot your riders through the tracks with skill, share your dream creations with friends, or destroy anything and everything with phenomenal physics and deafening destruction”. Players can control all features in the park’s rides or choose to play a specific role. The roles include Engineer, Scream Rider, and Demolition Expert.
As an Engineer, gamers can solve construction puzzles and build the creations they imagine. As the Scream Rider, players control the coasters they have created or pilot a ride shared by friends using Xbox Live. The Demolition Expert earns points by destroying ride creations in interesting ways.
The game will feature Online Leaderboards as well as Challenges, which will include racing coasters around a track faster than your friends in order to earn the highest “scream rating” from the riders.
We’ll keep you updated on more news from Gamescon.