There have been numerous rumors about Smite 2 surfacing recently, and there’s an imminent expectation of Smite 2’s announcement during the 2024 SWC on Sunday.
With this in mind, we took some time to do a deep scan of the files, which I actually do from time to time to find some info I could miss during the quick datamining after the patch is uploaded. In this latest deep scan I was able to find a mention to smite 2 in the smite files.
As always, a link to reddit post in case you want to discuss about the post.
Let’s go straight to the point: Smite 2 is now mentioned in Smite’s files.
- Smite 2 Founders Pack
- The files mentions a Smite 2 Founders pack available during the Smite 2024 Birthday event, coming in the 11.3 patch.
- Seems like we will have the opportunity to acquire the Smite 2 Founders Pack, which likely provides access or gives extra content for an alpha client (as Hi-Rez has done in the past with multiple games).
Smite 2 – Timeline
With smite 2 confirmed, let’s take a moment and go through the timeline with its first mention, which can be tracked down until 19th January, 2023 from a tweet of Stewart Chisam
If there were ever a “Smite 2”, what would you want to see from it? What would your expectations be?
We can, with almost no doubt, say that Stewart Chisam question was launched in 2023 because Smite 2 was already in the work for some time, probably even a year behind but is 1 year of work enough?
Smite is built using Unreal Engine 3, makeing it impossible to upgrade to Unreal Engine 4, or 5 as some other games have done in transitioning from UE4 to UE5. Given this technical challenge, the developers have to essentially build Smite 2 “from the ground up”, either recreating the code entirely or adapting the old code to the new standards of Unreal Engine 4/5. Despite the considerable effort required for an Alpha version, it is indeed feasible.
The primary focus of these titanic efforts will be on migrating the game characters. However, incorporating nearly 120 gods from Smite 1, especially the latest ones, seems impractical. This would essentially double the workload for each new character release, requiring a separate team for Smite 1 and another for Smite 2. Consequently, it’s likely that Smite 2 will only feature a portion of the characters from Smite 1.
A safe assumption is that Smite 2 may be an alpha version of the same game, an enhanced Smite with improved graphics, new code, a new engine, and possibly new mechanics. However, it might have only around 10 playable characters, which is sufficient for a 5v5 match.