SMITE has started today its closed beta

Hi-Rez Studios has started today the SMITE Closed Beta.

The Closed Beta build of SMITE includes seventeen playable gods from five mythological pantheons on a fire-themed battleground map.

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Five gods are available for free Ra, Kali, Ymir, Artemis and Sun WuKong. Additional gods can be unlocked through gameplay or more quickly via in-game microtransactions. Hi-Rez Studios will be adding new playable gods during the Beta period and beyond.

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Furthermore, it was announced that there will be no character wipes, which means that player advancement in terms of character unlocks and progression will be preserved beyond the beta and into release.

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"We are excited to shake-up the MOBA genre with SMITE,” says Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios Chief Operating Officer. “Whether you are a fan of existing DotA type games or MMO PvP battleground play, we invite you to checkout SMITE and play alongside our dev team in Beta."