Hi-Rez Studios has announced the sequel of their popular MOBA title with Smite 2. The closed alpha for the game is expected to come out sometime in the Spring of 2024.
The new game will a next-gen improvement for the franchise as the company will be building it with Unreal Engine 5.3. Smite, which launched in beta back in 2012, was created using the now ancient Unreal Engine 3.
Here’s the reveal trailer:
Smite 2 marks another notable free-to-play esports video game sequel. Previous examples include Overwatch 2, which was announced back in 2019 and launched in 2022 and Counter-Strike 2 which came out last year.
Unlike those games, which replaced their predecessors, Hi-Rez states they plan on supporting both games at the same time. Those who spent money for gems in the first game will see it converted into legacy gems in the second, which will allow them to spend for 50% of most in-game purchases.
Finally they also announced that new skins coming out this year for the game will be cross-generational between games. Though it seems that skins in Smite before this year will not see that conversion.