Hi-Rez Studios

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Hi-Rez Studios, Inc.
Industry Video game industry
Founded 2005
Headquarters Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
Key people
Erez Goren
Todd Harris
Stew Chisam
Mike Dudgeon
Products Global Agenda
Tribes: Ascend
Hands of the gods : Smite Tactics
Number of employees
Divisions Hi-Rez UK
Hi-Rez China
Website hirezstudios.com

Hi-Rez Studios is an independent, privately held video game developer based in Alpharetta, Georgia, United States. The company was established in 2005 by Erez Goren and Todd Harris. Hi-Rez Studios' games include the squad-based shooter Global Agenda, the critically acclaimed Tribes: Ascend, the third-person MOBA Smite, card game Hands of the Gods : Smite Tactics and the Hero shooter Paladins: Champions of the Realm.[2] In 2012, Hi-Rez Studios was recognized as a Top 30 Video-Game Developer by Game Developer Magazine and Gamasutra.[3] Hi-Rez are the current owners of the Metaltech license, including Battledrome, Earthsiege, Starsiege, the CyberStorm series, and the Tribes series. With the exception of Battledrome, and Cyberstorm, the games were released as freeware by Hi-Rez on October 30, 2015.[4]


Hi-Rez Studios offices in Alpharetta, Georgia

Erez Goren founded Hi-Rez Studios with Todd Harris in 2005. They hired experienced game developers from other successful titles, including City of Heroes, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and Call of Duty.[1] Hi-Rez Studios employs more than 200 people at its development facility in the northern Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta.[1]

Games developed[edit]

Title System Release date Notes
Global Agenda Microsoft Windows January 2, 2010
Tribes Universe Microsoft Windows Cancelled
Tribes: Ascend Microsoft Windows December 4, 2012
Smite Microsoft Windows March 25, 2014
Xbox One August 19, 2015
PlayStation 4 May 31, 2016
Paladins Microsoft Windows September 16, 2016 Open beta
Xbox One May 3, 2017 Open beta
PlayStation 4 May 3, 2017 Open beta
OS X TBA Open beta
Jetpack Fighter iOS January 7, 2016
Android July 27, 2016
Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics Microsoft Windows TBA Open beta
Xbox One TBA[5]
PlayStation 4 TBA[5]
Smite Rivals Microsoft Windows TBA On hold
Android TBA
Paladins Strike iOS TBA
Android TBA

Global Agenda[edit]

Global Agenda is an online team-based game. The game went live on February 1, 2010. In April 2011, Global Agenda became the first free-to-play game released on the Steam platform, introducing Elite and Free Agents and an in-game cash shop featuring Agenda Points.[6]

Tribes Universe[edit]

Tribes Universe was a massively multiplayer online shooter developed by Hi-Rez Studios based on the Tribes series. The game, along with Hi-Rez Studios' Tribes intellectual property acquisition from InstantAction, was first announced on October 23, 2010. While alpha testing was said to begin at the start of 2011, development on Tribes Universe was canceled when Hi-Rez Studios decided to start working on Tribes: Ascend.[7][8]

Tribes: Ascend[edit]

Tribes: Ascend is a free-to-play multiplayer-only first-person shooter and part of the Tribes franchise. It was announced by Hi-Rez Studios on March 11, 2011, at the PAX East, and released on April 12, 2012. Tribes: Ascend earned a metascore of 86, and PC Gamer ranked it at #8 in an article on the Best Shooters of All Time.[9] Aspects from previous Tribes games such as jetpacks and skiing are featured in the game.[10]

Hi-Rez Studios representative Todd Harris announced the company's abandonment of the game on July 12, 2013.[11]


Smite is a free-to-play third-person MOBA for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Players take on the visage of mythological deities from different pantheons and take part in arena combat, using powers and team tactics against other player-controlled deities and non-player controlled minions. Hi-Rez Studios announced Smite on April 21, 2011, at PAX East, and began its closed beta period in May 31, 2012 for PC. An open beta followed in January 24, 2013. The beta process produced more than 74 million hours of playtime and a large competitive community.[12] Throughout the beta, Hi-Rez Studios also hosted a series of LAN and online events with cash prize pools.[13] Smite was officially released in North America and Western Europe on March 25, 2014 for the PC. On August 19, 2015, Hi-Rez Studios released the Xbox One version,[14] and on May 31, 2016 the PlayStation 4 version was released.[15]

Paladins: Champions of the Realm[edit]

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free-to-play online team-based game. The player has to pick a champion each with unique abilities to fight. There are four types of groups: Damage, Support, Flank and Front Line.[16] The current version of the card system permits pre-designed loadouts that provide augments to various abilities and stats, as well as "burn cards" that can be purchased by credits. To get credits the player has to play and fight others. Cards can be upgraded mid-match to provide additional performance bonuses.The game was announced on August 5, 2015. Paladins: Champions of the Realm went into open beta on September 16, 2016, and released on Steam as an early access title the same day. [17]

Jetpack Fighter[edit]

Jetpack Fighter is a free-to-play high speed platformer for mobile. The game was released first for iOS on January 7, 2016, and Apple editors featured it as a Best New Game. As of July 27, 2016, the game has been released on Android. The game has earned a metascore of 83.[18]


Hi-Rez has often faced critique for their tendency to push microtransactions in their games, as well as making DLC for their games "pay-to-win", meaning a player must purchase these items to properly compete in the game. Additionally, players have repeatedly accused the studio of ripping off or copying the gameplay mechanics of other successful games, such as SMITE and Paladins (considered clones of League of Legends and Overwatch respectively)


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  2. ^ "Hi-Rez Studios The Official Website of Hi-Rez Studios Alpharetta GA". Hirezstudios.com. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  3. ^ "Our Top 30 Developers". Game Developer and Gamasutra. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  4. ^ https://www.polygon.com/2015/10/30/9646074/tribes-free-downloads-pc-ps2
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  6. ^ "Global Agenda: Free Agent on Steam". Valve. Archived from the original on 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  7. ^ https://www.vg247.com/2012/01/05/hi-rez-tribes-universe-on-hold-priority-for-now-is-ascend/
  8. ^ What ever happened to Tribes Universe, officially?
  9. ^ "The Best Shooters of All Time". PC Gamer. 2013-07-04. Archived from the original on 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  10. ^ "Tribes Ascend Home". Hi-Rez Studios. Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  11. ^ "Tribes Ascend Reddit". HiRezTodd. 2013-07-12. Retrieved 2016-03-08. 
  12. ^ "Hi-Rez Studios releases SMITE in North America and Europe". Hi-Rez Studios. 25 Mar 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-06-13. Retrieved 20 Jun 2014. 
  13. ^ "SMITE Tournament Series: Week 24 Recap". Hi-Rez Studios. 14 Oct 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 20 Jun 2014. 
  14. ^ Smite makes its official Xbox One debut next week
  15. ^ Smite on PS4 Launches May 31
  16. ^ "Paladins Game Preview". mmos.com. 
  17. ^ https://mmos.com/review/paladins
  18. ^ "Jetpack Fighter". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-06-24. 

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