The evolution of the video game industry is about to usher in a new era of gaming. Video game developers are beginning to accept that the concept of blockchain-based gaming, which rewards all parties, is the future.
For this reason, major video game companies are developing web3 versions of some of their most iconic titles, with Square Enix leading the early adopters.
We are witnessing a shift from gaming for profit to gaming for fun. The days of prioritizing “profit” in blockchain game development are coming to an end. The “second generation” of cryptocurrency games focuses on a few key principles:
- Easy adoption for non-native cryptocurrency users.
- Promote community and user-generated content.
- Invest in high-quality graphics
- Create truly fun games
And with the advent of new funds, the future of blockchain-enabled gaming looks bright. To help you get up to speed, we’ve put together a list of 12 blockchain games to watch in 2023.
1. Guild of Guardians
Guild of Guardians, backed by Ubisoft, is free to play and already has 300,000 players on the waiting list. The game, inspired by Diablo and Dungeons & Dragons, incorporates NFT for the real ownership of in-game assets. “This is the beginning of the further collaboration between the traditional gaming world and blockchain gaming,” says director Derek Lau.
2. Mighty Action Heroes
Mighty Action Heroes, a “thoughtful” web3 game in which the multiplayer battle game aims to recapture the fun and fantasy that traditional gamers have grown accustomed to.
Mighty Bear Games has solid experience, including collaborations with Apple and Disney. They previously published Butter Royale and Disney Melee Mania on Apple Arcade.
3. Ember Sword
Ember Sword is a Web3 MMORPG game, which offers a highly socialized, community-driven experience through ownership of digital assets such as skins and avatars. Created by Bright Star Studios
Players can own, trade, and sell in-game assets and earn cryptocurrency rewards for completing quests, participating in in-game activities, and owning land. It is one of the first blockchain-based games, the first trailer for which was released more than four years ago.
Ember Sword also introduced NFTs as a cosmetic feature to complement the colorful aesthetic and adventure-packed gameplay.
The game is based on the utopian world of Thanabus, which contains four regions: Duskeron, Ediseau, Sevrend, and Solarwood.
In Ev.io, Addictive Games’ most popular game on Solana (and the most played cryptocurrency game today), players defeat their opponents using sci-fi-themed weapons to win “e” tokens that can be exchanged for a fixed price of $5 for 10,000e. The fluid and elegant gameplay are reminiscent of successful franchises of the past, such as Halo and Quake.
The game is known for its low-friction start-up process: players don’t need an account or exposure to cryptocurrencies to log in and start shooting.
Treeverse is a social and cooperative game set in a lush, mystical world characterized by beautifully wooded landscapes and fast-paced, highly mobile combat.
This user-centric blockchain MMORPG allows players full ownership of everything they acquire or purchase in the game, including NFTree, homes, and land.
The game also includes Treeverse collectibles, which are Ethereum-based non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Players can buy and sell Treeverse NFTs whenever they wish. The game will launch as a free player versus environment (PVE) version, before releasing a player versus player (PVP) version in the future.
Treeverse is developed by Endless Clouds, a blockchain game development studio led by a team that has contributed to games such as League of Legends and Rainbow 6 Siege.
6. Outer Ring
Outer Ring is set in a vast procedurally generated universe that merges several genres into a third-person shooter MMORPG. The player-driven Outer Ring ecosystem was developed with the vision of a complete metaverse powered by the $GQ token.
The Outer Ring project is governed by the community through the $GQ token and can be played as a freemium game where players can access and play without purchasing NFT, just interacting with the tokenized technology at will.
Players who contribute to the ecosystem are rewarded for the time they invest and thus form the Player-Driven Economy model.
The game universe is based on the Outer Ring Saga, a novel with five species divided into four factions fighting for control of planets and resources.
7. Big Time
With the multiplayer RPG Big Time, the team wants to produce a second-generation cryptogame that offers more than the 2D experiences of play-to-win titles.
Revolving Games creates open-access AAA titles. It does not believe that all games should implement NFT and that those that do should focus on the gameplay experience and not monetization.
8. Axie Infinity
Axie Infinityis a petverse game world created by Sky Mavis. It is widely regarded as the gateway to blockchain gaming after inspiring the birth of web3 MMORPGs. Axie Infinity’s gameplay allows players to breed, farm, trade, and battle fantastic creatures called Axies. The game features a wide collection of unique Axie species with different appearances, abilities, and behavior.
The game features a 100% player-owned real money economy. Through breeding, Axie allows players to breed pet characters, which they can then sell at a profit in their various stages of development.
Players breed Axies using in-game resources (SLP and AXS) that they can sell to other players.
The game claims to have over 150,000 monthly active users, making it one of the most popular NFT games. Players have praised Axie because it offers a gaming experience almost similar to that of traditional online games, a factor not very common in blockchain games. Some consider it more like a Pokemon game with “play to win” features.
Illuvium is an open-world exploration game in which players can travel through seven extraordinary alien landscapes and collect the unusual creatures they encounter.
Called Illuvials, these creatures possess unique abilities that can be upgraded through training, which will also increase their value. Players can sell or trade these Illuvials in the marketplace along with other NFT items and farmed materials.
This game, currently in beta, offers impressive graphics and allows players to earn cryptocurrencies in ILV tokens. These tokens are earned as in-game rewards by playing the game, participating in tournaments and events, completing PVE missions and unlocking special objectives.
Players can face off against other players in the Leviathan Arena to demonstrate their skills, while other players bet on these matches.
10. Alien Worlds
Connected to the WAX and Ethereum blockchains, Alien Worlds is an innovative metaverse project in which everything is tokenized, including all game assets.
The player base of Alien Worlds is slightly smaller than that of Axie Infinity, although it also registers more than half a million UAW monthly.
The Alien Worlds blockchain game has impressive backing from venture capital crypto-investors, including Animoca Brands (which developed the Otherside metaverse game with Yuga Labs), Binance, and others.
Alien Worlds’ gaming takes various forms, such as gambling, participating in DAOs, trading NFT cards, and mining to earn Trilium (TLM).
Alien Worlds is a member of the Blockchain Game Alliance (BGA) and its ecosystem is frequently ranked in the top 2 of the best blockchain games on DappRadar.
Dog Collar Collar Token ($COLLAR) is the name of its upcoming Play-To-Earn game called COLLARQUEST (COLLARQUEST.com). COLLARQUEST is a 100% community-owned asset of TAG DAO LLC, a legally registered US sub-type DAO.
COLLARQUEST is an attractive and fun game, which can be played on any laptop, mobile device, or desktop computer.
The main gameplay of COLLARQUEST will focus on the adventures of robot dogs called “Sentient Programmable Assault & Reconnaissance Canine – Entity”, or SPARC-E.
12. Plushie Guardians
Plushie Guardians is a narrative-rich universe full of thematic content for multiple web3 and web2 products about plushies fighting monsters to protect their children.
Its first installment is an NFT game that introduces a new avenue of sustainability for the P2E model on the Polygon network.
Experts predict that the Web3 gaming industry will continue to experience significant growth and will exceed $200 billion by the end of 2023.
This explains why major game developers want to enter the blockchain gaming market. Some have integrated NFT, while others are launching standalone titles for blockchain gamers.
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