The GameFi industry has gradually evolved from a “play to win” model to one where tokenomics are subordinated to the game’s fun, which some call “play and win.” Now, the creators of Metaverse Game Studios’ upcoming Web3 game Angelic seek to establish the “collaborate to win” GameFi paradigm.
“Now you can contribute to your favorite universe, design characters, and share unforgettable experiences with friends in a partially designed world you own,” said Wikel. An example of cooperation could be forming guilds to gain control of the in-game territory or gathering resources and crafting weapons. The more in-game assets they own, the more players will be involved in the growth of the angel ecosystem and help shape the game’s future.
Axie Infinity, one of the first blockchain-based play-to-win games, originally planned to use its governance token, Axie Infinity Shard (AXS), for similar purposes. However, the departure of players over the past year, including a high-profile hack, has hurt the in-game economy. “It’s all fancy crypto talk,” said Omar Ghanem, Head of Gaming at Polkastarter Gaming, which recently hosted the 2022 Gam3 Awards, which recognized some of the best Web3 games and talents. “Blockchain technology was only intended as an add-on to solve certain problems in the gaming industry; it was never meant to be the focus,” Ghanem told Blockworks. “First and foremost, it’s about good games, then blockchain-enabled features like ownership of player assets, progression, and instant payouts for e-sports tournaments can come into play,” he added.
Another NFT-based game looking for “collaborative” features similar to Angelic’s goals is Sunflower Land, an open-source farming sim built on the PoS (Proof-of-Stake) based on Polygon. Ghanem said that the community decides on the progress of what’s happening in the game and what features to implement next.
Partnership with ImmutableX
Described by Metaverse as a dark, narrative-driven, sci-fi-themed strategy RPG with turn-based combat. Angelic is being developed by team members drawn from projects such as Far Cry, League of Legends, and Diablo Immortal, Co-led by Animoca Brands, Pantera Capital, and Everyrealm earlier this year. On Tuesday, the game studio announced a partnership with Ethereum Layer 2 gaming platform ImmutableX, which offers a scale solution for NFTs based on Validium, a form of zero-knowledge (ZK) proofs.
Protecting and enforcing creator-owned royalties is a crucial concern for the Angelic team, he said in a statement, to ensure that every member of the community is “fairly rewarded for their contributions to the game world.” Immutable recently doubled its offering. Enforce royalty payments amidst many NFT marketplaces that have changed their payment systems or switched to optional royalty payments. The game is based on Unreal Engine 5 and started development again in 2020. It was released in late January 2023, the February release, according to the company.