Hi-Rez Studios have started 2021 with a bang by announcing a swathe of updates for their free-to-play titles - SMITE, Rogue Company and Paladins - courtesy of today’s Hi-Rez Showcase event.

Held entirely online this year, Hi-Rez Showcase is the publisher's headline event for the year, featuring the Hi-Rez Presents keynote reveal, unique panel sessions and community events. Among the major announcements are:

● SMITE - 2020 was the best ever year for Hi-Rez Studios’ incredibly popular mythical MOBA. This year’s Season 8: Dawn of Babylon will be even better, with an all-new evolving Babylonian pantheon Conquest map (first in 3 years), new Gods (including Tiamat and Gilgamesh), new battle passes, new collaborations and plenty more esports action throughout the year.

● Rogue Company - With a blockbuster 2020 launch (gaining over 15 million players) Hi-Rez Studios’ newest title will enjoy four seasons of cross-play shooter action this year; each featuring new Rogues (including Kestrel), new maps (such as Hollows), new events and much more.

● Paladins - The 45+ million players of the fantasy team-based shooter sensation can look forward to even more content this year in Season 4: Calamity. 2021 will see more champions, more frequent updates, all-new limited time events, event passes, and more. The first Champion of the year will be the much-anticipated Yagorath - teased for years in Paladins lore this threat from beyond the Realm is bent on subsuming all life and existence.

“2020 was a huge year for Hi-Rez Studios and our development teams, with the massively successful launch of Rogue Company, plus record years for both SMITE and Paladins,” said Stew Chisam, Hi-Rez Studios CEO. “With 2021 calendars for each game full of content updates, Hi-Rez Studios will continue to deliver world class gaming experiences for our growing millions of fans.”

The full Hi-Rez Presents keynote can be watched here: www.twitch.tv/smitegame

For more information about Hi-Rez Showcase, including updates on all the panels and announcements, please visit www.hirezshowcase.com.

For the latest updates on each of the games, please visit their respective sites:

● Rogue Company: www.roguecompany.com
● SMITE: www.smitegame.com
● Paladins: www.paladins.com

The Hi-Rez Studios action continues this weekend, with the finals of the SMITE World Championship being held this Sunday 10 January. Teams from across the globe will compete for the $600,000 prize pot. For the latest information on the SMITE Pro League and World Championships please visit www.smiteproleague.com. To watch the World Championships visit the official SMITE Twitch www.twitch.tv/smitegame.