After more than a year of Early Access development, Hi-Rez Studios is launching their free-to-play shooter Paladins on Cbox One, PS4, and PC on May8th.
The release was initially covered by IGN:
While the launch patch has already been pushed into the live game, adding a Battle Pass system along with other changes, Developer Hi-Rez Studios says the official launch marks its commitment to the current direction of the game. Paladins will still regularly receive updates with new content, bug fixes, and more, but Hi-Rez doesn’t plan to make any more major system changes.
Leading up to the launch, every champion in the game will be temporarily unlocked for all players until May 7. Paladins will also be giving 200 Crystals ($5 worth of premium currency) to anyone who has played before May 8 and then logs in between May 8 and May 31.
Paladins has changed drastically since its initial launch in September 2016, and just broke 25 million players after a rough patch late last year spurred by an update called Cards Unbound. The update was so unpopular with players (and reportedly within the studio itself as well) that Hi-Rez removed the changes entirely.
So, yes, the full release will be free of the loot box system, making the game much fairer to both paid and free players. It will also have some tie-in with the Paladins Strike iOS and Android app.