Smite, the only MOBA in which Zeus, Cthulhu and Ymir can be temporary chums as they squish other gods, is gearing up to kick off its eight season. Hi-Rez Studios and Titan Forge Games have locked down the free-to-play title's Season 8 release date to late January.
Smite Season 8 will bring with it a large suite of changes when its release date comes around, including two new Babylonian gods: Tiamat and Gilgamesh. The former is a massive dragon that aims to reshape the world and will arrive at some point in February, after the new season launches. Gilgamesh will follow at a later stage.
The Smite Season 8 release date is currently slated for Tuesday, January 26. The new season will remove the variance system from ranked play while hard resetting players' MMR, alongside introducing the expected bug fixes and champion balance changes.
Players also have new healing rules coming their way as well as a new Conquest map that's wider, longer and comes with a reworked jungle. Visually, the Chaos side will be replaced with a Babylonian fortress heralding Tiamat's arrival further down the line. The Order side will be a completely rebuilt Mount Olympus.
Smite Season 8 will also see starter items reintroduced while giving newer players a helping hand with its new tutorial that guides them through their specific roles. A new Season Pass will also be available for purchase and include the limited Grand Magus Anubis skin and loading screen, among other goodies.
Until Sunday, January 21, players will also earn double Favor, Worshipers, and XP for each game they play. You can check out the full list of changes in the massive patch notes on the official website.
As a reminder, the Smite Season 8 release date is currently slated for January 26.
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