During the keynote addressing at Hi-Rez Expo 2018, Titan Forge Games announced Nintendo Switch release for the MOBA game Smite. The company also revealed closed beta date and full cross-platform and cross-progression support coming in 2019.
Titan Forge Games have announced a Switch port of Smite is on its way during this years Hi-Rez Expo. The company failed to share any specific release date but the game is expected to arrive in Q1 2019.
They have shed some light on the closed beta that will be available on 29 January 2019 to players who pre-order Smite Founder's pack in the Nintendo eShop. The pack contains all current and future gods, Dashing Deceiver Loki, Dragon Empress Scylla and 400 gems which can be spent on other skins. Hi-Rez confirmed that Smite Founder's Pack is available for pre-order today - 16 November 2018 for $29.99.
Given that Smite is a free-to-play title, Nintendo Switch users will probably be disappointed with Hi-Rez's decision to pack the game with some "premium" stuff just to be able to put a price tag on it. But patience is the key here, as the publisher will probably do something similar to Paladins' Switch release. While the game had paid early access, it became available as a free-to-play title later on.
Another piece of big news is cross-platform play with both PC and Xbox, and cross-progression support between all three platforms - Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One. Smite is also available on PlayStation 4 but it's not surprising that Sony's console is missing here given their stance on the subject.
Smite debuted on PC in 2014 and was released on Xbox One the following year before it dropped on PlayStation 4.
According to Hi-Rez, the player base counts 25 million players but the numbers started to sink recently with only 6,000 daily average players on Steam, compared to last year's 10,000. Server issues and numerous bugs have been reported in the past few weeks as players ask for more fixes and balancing updates and fewer skins and microtransactions.