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Hi-Rez announces Smite Rivals, a marriage of card game and MOBA

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As Smite Tactics enters closed beta, Hi-Rez have announced another Smite-inspired card-based free to play game for PC. Where Tactics is a turn-based strategy game, Smite Rivals pits waves of minions against one another down three MOBA-inspired lanes. Players build decks of minions and powers as one of a number of Smite gods for quick, one-on-one battles.

Clash Royale seems like a clear touchstone here, although notably Rivals will be available on PC as well as mobile. Cross-platform multiplayer hasn't been confirmed, but your progress (and your card collection) will persist across versions. If you're attending Hi-Rez Expo in person you'll be able to play it today: expect some hands-on impressions later. If not, you can sign up for the closed beta on the official site

Chris Thursten
Chris Thursten

Joining in 2011, Chris made his start with PC Gamer turning beautiful trees into magazines, first as a writer and later as deputy editor. Once PCG's reluctant MMO champion , his discovery of Dota 2 in 2012 led him to much darker, stranger places. In 2015, Chris became the editor of PC Gamer Pro, overseeing our online coverage of competitive gaming and esports. He left in 2017, and can be now found making games and recording the Crate & Crowbar podcast.