Paladins, or the free version of Overwatch, is coming to consoles. Despite all the hilarious comparisons to Overwatch, watch videogamedunkey’s below, Paladins is quite the success on Steam.

Who doesn’t love free to play games? As long as they’re done right. Right now, Paladins is sitting at #7 in the top 10 most played games on Steam. Ahead of Rocket League and just behind ARK: Survival Evolved. Not too shabby.

Today, Hi-Rez Studios announced they are bringing the not-a-clone clone of Overwatch to Xbox One and PS4 (check the link for beta sign-ups). Here’s part of the announcement:

From day 1 of development, Paladins was designed with console in mind. We’ve enlisted some big-name console gamers to make sure the control scheme feels just right. Name any big-time multiplayer shooter that you enjoy most on console and Paladins stands right there alongside them.

I like the optimism, but I doubt Paladins is going to pull me away from Gears of War 4, Battlefield 1, Call of Duty and more Overwatch. It’s not your fault Hi-Rez, there’s only so much time in my day. And I’m hooked on Forza Horizon 3. Not to mention my backlog is an absurd collection of regrettable $60 purchases.

What is Paladins?

If you’ve been living under a rock, Paladins is another hero shooter. Overwatch is dominating the genre right now, but there’s always room for more. You take a wide cast of fantasy and sci-fi character into battle over objectives. Then open chests to customize your character. But it’s not Overwatch. I promise. You ride into battle on horses.

Wait, what? Hey, it’s video games. It doesn’t have to make sense.

It’s a shooter, and it’s free. I’ll play it. Overwatch clone jokes aside, Paladins has a core fanbase on Steam. It’s sitting with 86% of more than 18,000 reviews as positive. It’ll be fun to watch how much success it can find on consoles. The fall onslaught of games is beginning. Can Paladins carve out a niche on consoles in the midst of titles like Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty? Staying free helps.

Here’s one more look at Paladins.

Will you give Paladins a shot?

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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