For once, this is not an article of me praising Smite. This time around I am very concerned about the game and what will become of it. When negative comments about video games, movies, or other forms of entertainment start to spread, I keep my distance. At least until I have a better understanding myself. Well, I agree with the pros, the analysts, and the enthusiasts like myself. If Hi-Rez releases it’s Smite Season 4 patch as is, the game will fail.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to spew a bunch of math and numbers at you. If you are a fan of Smite and are concerned about the Smite Season 4 patch, there are plenty of streamers, YouTubers, and Smite Pros that can break it down better than I can.
So, let me get into the short and clear comments I want to make. I’m a huge Smite fan. I’ve loved watching the game when it was only on PC, then I picked up the Beta when it came to Xbox. I’ve put an embarrassing amount of time into Smite for someone who knows they are casual in this game. I don’t play ranked, and I know I couldn’t go pro. But I read all the patch notes! I explore a lot of the gods and new items as they come out. If there is something I’m not good at, I take the time to learn.
So as nothing more than a fan of the game and a relative no one who occasionally makes decent plays…I think it speaks volumes that even I am afraid of the new Smite Season 4 patch.
And I am not the only one. For about a week, the new patch has been in PTS (Public Test Server). And just about everyone is hating the new meta.
They are coming out in droves with feedback.
Aegis got BUFFED? What the…
— NRG Adapting (@AdaptingSMITE) January 18, 2017
Things that need fixing in smite:
-Player harassment going unnoticed
-Minion and Bot AI is awful
-Tower aggro is basically random
— dmbrandon!! (@juiceDiem) January 20, 2017
They are making videos and streaming the PTS for everyone to see.
how to nerf janus https://t.co/hCqmnQBkaQ
— John Salter (@BaRRaCCuDDa_) January 25, 2017
Sure, you can point out facts I already know. A PTS means that they are testing. I can read and comprehend. But in my humble opinion, all of the outrage is justified. This isn’t just bugs and glitches that need to be ironed out. This patch is breaking the game’s mechanics!
The third season of Smite was one of the best, both for the players and for Hi-Rez. It was fun! The eSports scene was alive. Many of the gods (at the time) 70+ and, now 80+, were good picks. A lot of the characters had balance problems when they would first be released, but changes would be made and then everything was fine again. However, Smite Season 4 shows a clear misunderstanding of what makes Smite a great game.
With this patch, gods have been nerfed into oblivion. The items in the game ruin entire classes of characters! The start has been changed so that you spend a minute and a half sitting in your lane, unable to do anything! Not even the professional players know how to properly start a round.
Again, I could go on and on in much finer detail, but more than the changes. More than this ridiculous patch. What upsets me the most is that despite the PTS being live for about 5 days (given some down time), Hi-Rez will not acknowledge that there is a serious problem. And that, my friends, IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM! When your fan base, the professionals that play your game, the analysts that test nearly every aspect of it, and even the less knowledgeable players like myself are screaming that this is a train wreck and almost anything other than this patch would make us happy, it’s time to reevaluate what is happening on a fundamental level!
If Smite Season 4 goes through as is, Hi-Rez will be signing the game’s death certificate. Not only because it will no longer be a game that anyone will want to play, but a majority of the players who are begging for changes to be made will have been effectively snubbed and told to, in different terms, suck it up.
Games have lost their livelihood before. Remember Evolve? You know, the game that actually did try to make fans happy but died off not too long ago? I loved Evolve. It got boring and not enough people were playing it, but I still look at it fondly.
If Hi-Rez doesn’t even attempt to fix, or better yet, pull this Smite Season 4 patch altogether, I imagine that very few of us will remember the hemorrhaging game lovingly. We will only remember that we tried to stop the bleeding only for Hi-Rez to stab it brutally eleven more times and then snap its neck.
So…have any game recommendations for me? Looks like I’ll have more free time on my hands.