Xbox One: Smite open beta hits this week

If you’re looking for a new console MOBA experience, the folks at Hi-Rez Studios have just let us know that Smite on Xbox One is headed into Open Beta testing this week – and yes, there will be Australian servers right from the beginning.

The mythology-themed third-person action game already boasts an audience of more than 7 million people, but the jump to console is expected to attract even more. Smite is free-to-play and is currently in closed beta for a few handfuls of lucky gamers, but will be opened up to the whole world on July 8. All existing players will get to keep all of their successes so far – god unlocks, experience and cosmetics.

Andy Anderson, Xbox One Senior Producer at Hi-Rez Studios explains that the game’s Australian server launch has been carefully planned:

We’re delighted to offer SMITE communities the best possible experience on PC and now console, and we are impressed with the growth of the game on PC in Australia. We are pleased to support the release of SMITE on Xbox One with dedicated Australian servers from next week.

Smite in Australia has already enjoyed “amazing growth” on PC, with a weekly community play night on “Thors-days”, plus the studio laying the groundwork for an Aussie team to attend the Smite World Championships in 2016, thanks to an Oceanic Pro League esports competition.

The first major MOBA to hit console, Smite will be open to everyone – free-to-play forever – from July 8th. If you can’t wait that long, be sure to grab it on PC!

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