Hi-Rez Announces Official Release Date and Launch Event for Paladins: Champions of the Realm - Dexerto

Hi-Rez Announces Official Release Date and Launch Event for Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Published: 3/May/2018 16:41 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 13:08

by Joe O'Brien


Hi-Rez Studios has announced that Paladins: Champions of the Realm will be officially released on May 8th, 2018.

Paladins has been in early access since September 2016, during which time it attracted over 20 million players. The official launch date of the full game for PC, PS4, and Xbox One has now been announced for the very near future.

To celebrate the launch, Hi-Rez has announced an esports tournament at the Esports Arena Las Vegas, a variety of in-game and community activities, and that they would be giving away up to a massive $100 million in in-game currency.

Anyone who has played Paladins during its beta phase, prior to the release on May 8th, will receive 200 Crystals for free if they log in between May 8th and May 31st. All Champions will be unlocked from May 2nd to May 7th.

Chris Larson, Executive Producer on Paladins, said of the launch:

“We are so excited for the official release of Paladins. We really want to thank all of our dedicated Beta players for the time and effort they have put into helping Paladins grow. This Launch Celebration is about our players – only with their feedback were we able to make Paladins the amazing game it is today, with drastically improved UI, console aiming, presentation, and gameplay.”

The Paladins launch tournament – Esports Superstars: Paladins – will take place at the Esports Arena Las Vegas on May 5th-6th. Six of the world’s best Paladins teams will compete for a prize pool of $100,000.

In addition, Hi-Rez has released Paladins Strike, a mobile shooter set in the Paladins universe. Playing the game will unlock two free skins in Paladins: Champions of the Realm.


NiP Paladins champion isbittenner on emotional grand finals win

Published: 18/Nov/2019 1:36 Updated: 22/Nov/2019 21:53

by Scott Robertson


Ninjas in Pyjamas claimed the Paladins World Championship over the Pittsburgh Knights in a near reverse sweep. After the finals, NiP player and Paladins champion Leander ‘isbittenner’ Aspestrand spoke to Melissa ‘TheBestTaco’ Posada and Dexerto on the Ninjas’ emotional win, and how they bounced back from a mid-season slump and two-game deficit in the finals.

Before the SMITE finals, the two best teams in Paladins squared off on Championship Sunday at Hi-Rez Expo. A dominant contender in Ninjas in Pyjamas met an underdog Pittsburgh Knights squad that had taken the long road through the lower bracket of the PWC qualifier.

But despite grabbing a 2-0 lead, the Knights couldn’t hold on as their adversaries borrowed some NiP magic from their CSGO division to win fourth straight games to raise the championship trophy.

Following the raising of the trophy, the young NiP damage star from Norway, isbittenner, could barely keep his emotions in check, telling TheBestTaco and Dexerto that he “would just go up in tears” when he’d try and think back on the hard-fought series.

NiP were forced to climb out of a 2-0 hole in the grand finals, but isbittener said that the roster was no stranger to having to reverse their fortunes themselves. They had a very strong Phase 1 of Paladins Premier League, but started off slow in Phase 2 with a collection of tough losses.

Isbittenner said he was really happy that the team was able to pull themselves out of that slump, and make their way to the championship finals. One of those tough losses during the PPL season was to Pittsburgh Knights, who they would meet in the grand finals.

When asked if they expected to meet the Knights again in the championship series, he responded,

“If you asked me two months ago? Never. But now? For sure, they’ve become a lot better.” He also said later in the interview that he expects the Knights roster to improve even more.

The NiP star praised the Knights’ ability to outdraft them, but credited the words of his coach and the energy of the crowd as being instrumental to gaining back momentum.

As the secondary drafter, isbittener said his leadership strength emerges pre-game, but his ability to be a playmaker during matches was instrumental to the Ninjas’ success as well.

As for the champion, he says that the immediate plan is for the team to go get “a nice dinner” and then go out and have fun to celebrate the title. As for next season, he says that NiP will take their time to “relax and re-group” after the long campaign, and come back strong for next season.