Hi-Rez Studios has announced that they'll be bringing their popular free to play class-based shooter (or "hero shooter" if you want to go by the more en vogue term) Paladins: Champions of the Realm to mobile as a new spinoff game called Paladins Strike. Whereas the desktop and console version of Paladins is a first-person shooter, Paladins Strike is played from an overhead view and looks to have more in common with a MOBA than it does a first-person shooter. Probably for the best given how first-person shooters haven't quite taken off on touchscreens. Check out this first trailer for Paladins Strike which is looking quite awesome.

This isn't Hi-Rez's first foray into the world of mobile gaming. Jetpack Fighter [Free] launched in January of 2016 and was something of an action platformer built with touchscreen controls in mind. It didn't seem to make a HUGE mark on the mobile world, but it's a solid game that found its fanbase. Then this past January, they announced Smite Rivals, which looked to take their popular MOBA Smite and give it the Clash Royale [Free] treatment. Sadly just a couple of months later the project was officially put on hold and it's unknown what its fate will ultimately be.

Hopefully Paladins Strike can fulfill that promise of bringing one of their popular IPs to mobile in a form that makes sense and is successful, and just based on the trailer it looks like it's on the right track. Hi-Rez is currently taking Alpha testing signups for Paladins Strike on the official Paladins Strike website so go fill out the form if you're interested in testing and we'll bring you any further news on the game as its development continues.

  • http://www.dLifeHD.com dLifeHD

    Sweet! This game is awesome on PS4 and PC. I was a little worried that it would be an FPS on mobile but the top-down approach will work quite well. Can't wait to play this.

  • Joshua Woodward

    Just got the TestFlight invite this evening

    • boydstr

      How is the game and is it good playable on the relatively small screens of the iPhone?

      • Joshua Woodward

        I picked up the 7+ because I knew games were going to be good this year. I think it's fine. I'd like to use a Mifi to see a bit more. I love the game so far. Takes me back to the Heroes of the Storm, last MOBA I've played. Paladins is a stong brand. I plan on keeping the app as they will no doubt have more content in future updates!

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