Gaming

Smite Will Have to Face the Reaper Sooner or Later

Highlights

  • Smite, the popular third-person MOBA, may be facing its final days as it competes against other online games and prepares for the release of Smite 2.
  • Smite 2 has the potential to be a game-changer in the genre, but its coexistence with the original game could split the fanbase and lead to the decline of Smite.
  • The content updates for Smite may dwindle once Smite 2 is released, potentially causing a decline in player engagement and a shift of focus towards the sequel.


Since 2014, the incredibly unique third-person MOBA Smite has been exciting audiences with its easy-to-pick-up but hard-to-master gameplay. The character roster of gods and goddesses has been a joy to play, the constant support has kept players coming back for more, and the various crossovers have been a lot of fun as well. While it may not be as popular as League of Legends, Smite has cemented itself as one of the best in the genre. However, that success may not last for very much longer.

After a decade, Smite‘s final days may be just ahead of it. Not only is the game facing increasingly hard competition within the online space, but the studio has recently announced a fully-fledged sequel is also on the way. Even though it has made no indication that Smite will have to close its doors, it still seems like the game will not be able to survive what is coming. And while the Smite concept will live on in some fashion, the original game may have to finally come to an end.

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Smite 2 Puts Smite’s Future in Question

The age of Smite is definitely a factor in it slowly coming to an end, as no online game can really last forever. However, the biggest thing that will likely impact its longevity is the release of Smite 2. Titan Forge Games just recently announced this sequel at the Smite World Championships, and it looks pretty exciting. It will recreate that core experience in Unreal Engine 5, introduce a plethora of new features to the game, and tweak many of the gods. If done right, it could take the MOBA genre by storm. But, unlike other recent multiplayer sequels like Overwatch 2, this sequel will not be replacing the original game.

As of now, Smite will exist alongside Smite 2. What exactly that will look like remains to be seen, but this way, players will not lose the content they have spent years earning. While that is all great to see, it also feels like an incredibly risky move. Having two games with the same concept from the same developer running alongside each other has a very real chance of splitting the fanbase. If Smite 2 ends up falling flat, then fans will have little reason to make the jump. But if Smite 2 ends up being a massive success, then players will not want to stick around in the original game for much longer.

Smite‘s content stream may also still come to an end eventually. Even though the studio says the game will stick around, there does not seem to be a big reason to keep updating it when the sequel finally launches. All the newest content will likely go to that sequel, which will leave the original game mostly untouched. Once that content stream dries up, players will not have many reasons to jump back on consistently, and new players will probably go to the sequel instead. Titan Forge’s commitment to the original is nice to see, but that will likely only last so long.

Smite 2 looks like an impressive experience, and if it blows audiences away, then Titan Forge will likely commit most of its resources to this game. There may still be some updates in the cards for the original, but the size of these updates and what they include remain a mystery. For all players know, these updates will simply follow in the footsteps of games like Diablo 3, where they do not add much new content but keep the game running with new seasons instead. No matter how many updates are on the way, Smite 2 will still probably be the center of attention for the foreseeable future.

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SMITE

From Titan Forge Games comes a free-to-play MOBA, SMITE. Players can select from a roster of over 100 gods and battle one another in SMITE’s competitive PVP mode, which takes them into a detailed and immersive third-person perspective in battle.

Released
March 25, 2014

Genre(s)
MOBA

Multiplayer
Online Co-Op , Online Multiplayer

Engine
Unreal Engine 3

ESRB
T For Teen due to Violence, Blood, Partial Nudity, Drug Reference, Use of Alcohol

Platforms That Support Crossplay
PC, PS4 & Xbox One

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