The online hero shooter runs at 60 frames per second, offering “the full ‘Paladins’ experience” in both handheld and docked modes. It will support cross-platform play between the Switch and Xbox One populations.
A “Founder’s Pack” edition of the game is available to purchase in the Nintendo eShop for $29.99, but Hi-Rez also plans to release a free-to-play version on Switch later this summer. The Founder’s Pack includes all 36 existing hero characters and their voice packs, along with any future heroes, as well as a number of founder-exclusive cosmetic items.
“Paladins” differentiates itself from similar team-based shooters with a deck-building system, which allows players to customize and tune their heroes to suit various play styles. Allowing for up to 10 players per match, the game supports three modes: a payload-escort game type called Siege, a zone-control mode called Onslaught, and classic team deathmatch.
The title’s arrival on Switch was likely meant to be announced during E3, but it appears that leaked images prompted Hi-Rez to confirm the news a week early.
After a long-running open beta that began on Sept. 16, 2016, “Paladins” officially launched on all current platforms last month, on May 8.