Hi-Rez is an independent, privately held video game studio. 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 Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics and the hero shooter Paladins.[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
IndustryVideo games
Key people
  • Erez Goren
  • Todd Harris
  • Stew Chisam
  • Mike Dudgeon
Number of employees
  • Alacrity Arthouse
  • Evil Mojo Games
  • First Watch Games
  • Heroic Leap Games
  • Red Beard Games
  • Titan Forge Games
  • Hi-Rez China
  • Hi-Rez UK


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] In August 2018, the company split into three separate development studios. The Hi-Rez Studios Twitter account tweeted on February 5, 2019 that they had fired community manager Thomas Cheung [5] after being arrested on charges of child sex solicitation along with 20 others in a joint sting operation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.[6]

Games developedEdit

Title System Release date Notes
Global Agenda Microsoft Windows February 1, 2010
Tribes Universe Microsoft Windows Cancelled
Tribes: Ascend Microsoft Windows April 12, 2012
Smite Microsoft Windows March 25, 2014
Xbox One August 19, 2015
PlayStation 4 May 31, 2016
macOS July 7, 2016
Nintendo Switch November 16, 2018
Jetpack Fighter iOS January 7, 2016
Android July 27, 2016
Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics Microsoft Windows February 20, 2018
Xbox One February 20, 2018[7]
PlayStation 4 February 20, 2018[7]
Paladins Strike iOS May 2, 2018
Android May 2, 2018
Paladins Microsoft Windows May 8, 2018
Xbox One May 8, 2018
PlayStation 4 May 8, 2018
macOS May 8, 2018
Nintendo Switch June 12, 2018
Rogue Company Microsoft Windows 2020
PlayStation 4 2020
Xbox One 2020
Nintendo Switch 2020
Smite Rivals Microsoft Windows TBA On hold
Android TBA
Realm Royale Microsoft Windows June 5, 2018 Early Access
PlayStation 4 January 22, 2019 Early Access
Xbox One January 22, 2019 Early Access

Global AgendaEdit

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.[8]

Tribes UniverseEdit

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.[9][10]

Tribes: AscendEdit

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.[11] Aspects from previous Tribes games such as jetpacks and skiing are featured in the game.[12]

Hi-Rez Studios representative Todd Harris announced the company's abandonment of the game on July 12, 2013.[13]


Smite is a free-to-play third-person MOBA for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and OS X. 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.[14] Throughout the beta, Hi-Rez Studios also hosted a series of LAN and online events with cash prize pools.[15] 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,[16] and on May 31, 2016 the PlayStation 4 version was released.[17]


Paladins 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.[18] The current version of the card system permits pre-designed loadouts that provide augments to various abilities and stats, as well as “items" that can be purchased by credits. To get credits the player has to play and fight others. Items can be upgraded mid-match to provide additional performance bonuses.The game was announced on August 5, 2015. Paladins went into open beta on September 16, 2016, and released on Steam as an early access title the same day.[19]

Jetpack FighterEdit

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.[20]


  1. ^ a b c "Hi-Rez Founder and CEO Steps Down After a Successful Year of Growth to Pursue Other Interests". playstationlifestyle. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  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
  5. ^ A brief statement on @Elvinelol, Twitter: Hi-Rez Studios, 2019, retrieved 2019-02-10
  6. ^ "Operation Interception" Targets Those Seeking Sex with a Minor - 21 Arrested in Five-Day Undercover Operation, Georgia government website: Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 2019, retrieved 2019-02-10
  7. ^ a b Treese, Tyler (January 6, 2017). "SMITE Tactics Is Coming to Consoles". PlayStation LifeStyle. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  8. ^ "Global Agenda: Free Agent on Steam". Valve. Archived from the original on 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  9. ^ https://www.vg247.com/2012/01/05/hi-rez-tribes-universe-on-hold-priority-for-now-is-ascend/
  10. ^ What ever happened to Tribes Universe, officially?
  11. ^ "The Best Shooters of All Time". PC Gamer. 2013-07-04. Archived from the original on 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  12. ^ "Tribes Ascend Home". Hi-Rez Studios. Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
  13. ^ "Tribes Ascend Reddit". HiRezTodd. 2013-07-12. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "SMITE Tournament Series: Week 24 Recap". Hi-Rez Studios. 14 Oct 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 20 Jun 2014.
  16. ^ Smite makes its official Xbox One debut next week
  17. ^ Smite on PS4 Launches May 31
  18. ^ "Paladins Game Preview". mmos.com.
  19. ^ https://mmos.com/review/paladins
  20. ^ "Jetpack Fighter". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-06-24.

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