Sometime games have closed betas that are so closely guarded that few have any idea what is going on. Others are more forthcoming, but still keep things under lock and key. And then there's SMITE
. With a player base of over 900,000 already (thanks to the very liberal distribution of beta keys), Hi-Rez Studios
COO Todd Harris
noted that SMITE
has been the studio's fastest growing game to date -- even while still in closed beta. And that number is expected to grow; Harris announced the MOBA's move into open beta today.
Not only will players no longer need a key to download and play the game, but they will get to keep their progress and unlocks thus far throughout both open beta and release -- there are no planned character wipes. Hi-Rez is also offering a limited-edition cosmetic skin to all players who reach level 30 during the beta period.
To join the new open beta, visit the official site and create an account. Want to see SMITE
in action? Then be sure to catch Massively TV's
Lunchtime Livecast on Saturday the 26th at 11:00 a.m. EST
[Source: Hi-Rez press release]