Blockchain-based technologies, as expressed by cryptocurrencies and other forms of digital assets such as non-replaceable tokens (NFTs), are starting to make their presence felt in many different industries. While at first glance they are little different from other types of digital money, the exciting cryptocurrencies and NFTs have generated centers around their activating functions in digital transactions, especially with property management.
NFTs on their own have attracted a lot of interest over the past two years because of the way they have enabled the secure and authenticable transfer of physical items over the blockchain. Stripped down, NFTs are simply tokens representing unique assets.
In the case of art and collectibles, this proved to be a very useful feature that allowed people to create NFTs that represent unique and rare works of art and culture. If you owned an NFT, you owned the creative rights to a work of art – verifiable by anyone by checking the NFT data on a ledger
Still, NFTs in this form have barely scratched the surface of what’s possible, especially when it comes to industries where non-replaceability and fungibility are critical aspects.
Beyond Using Static NFT in Gaming
Game developers DRepublic, the team behind the upcoming MMORPG Cradles: Origin of Species, are among those who believe that blockchain technology can provide solutions that could mean groundbreaking innovations in the game industry.
While some gaming companies have already dabbled in crypto and NFTs, they have had limited success so far. In fact, high-profile NFT efforts have resulted in a major backlash from the gaming community. The anger drawn by NFT experiments like Ubisoft’s can be traced back to the simplistic implementation of NFTs in games, either as an alternative currency or as a way to generate more money for the company through even more “unique” items. such as generate skins. In other words, NFTs in gaming have so far only served to promote the much-maligned “lootbox” mentality that many gamers see as a scourge for game developers.
Cradles developers are trying to move beyond the static features of NFTs that have made them so popular among speculators, by refining a new type of NFT token based on what they call the EIP-3664 protocol (technically, it’s just a naming a proposed new set of rules for the blockchain), which builds on existing NFT standards, ERC721 and ERC1155.
The new EIP3664 NFTs allow all game elements to contain much more information than regular NFTs, giving them many more attributes resulting in a variety of ways the game can interact with these elements. In game language, this simply means that the entire game world is made up of components that can be combined or separated from each other.
Combinable game elements and a time-lapse virtual world
Component NFTs can be described as follows. If characters, items, and even plants and animals are all made up of NFTs, it would be possible for a player to fully create and participate in the world-building of a virtual universe. For example, you would harvest resources from nature and combine them to create tools and weapons that contain all the different characteristics of their individual components. Then attach these tools, weapons, clothing and even skills to a character and that new character will carry all the different attributes of all their components combined. Similarly, you can break down an element into all of its individual components to create an almost limitless combination of possible new items and characters.
In fact, the EIP-3664 protocol is set to make these digital assets more customizable for Cradles players to shift and modify their in-game items in unlimited ways by harvesting resources obtained through exploration and adventure. to go.
Crucially, NFTs in Cradles also have evolvable attributes that are hard-coded into every part, allowing all game elements to simulate the laws of time and physics – something no virtual world has been able to implement well.
DRepublic calls this effect “entropy increase”. Using block time as a stable foundation for perpetual time-lapse, each game element evolves gradually. Items rust, characters age, and buildings slowly break down as block time elapses, requiring active player intervention to encourage player collaboration.
Players can see their NFTs (as characters and even items) evolve over time. Instead of today’s static standards, Cradles will create a world in motion with its own changes, declines and progress.
A game that insists on new experiences
At the heart of Cradles is an open-world MMORPG with elements of the metaverse, but with the aim of expanding the conventional RPG experience.
Cradles players will experience a virtual reality game compatible with deep immersion hardware that allows them to play and interact with other players of any kind of their choice. The game offers players ultimate freedom, exploration ability and community building.
Players can explore different areas in the game, a capital city and an adventure zone. In the former, players can explore and interact with other players, while in the latter, players must defend themselves against possible hostilities and collect supplies from their environment.
The entire virtual world also ties into the backbone of the plot, where characters are sent far back in time from a doomed future, in search of an answer to avoid a fate of extinction. In this way, exploration, research and discovery are the only ways to advance world building, as Cradles hopes to be a game that encourages and motivates new gaming experiences, trying to get past the repetitive grinding spiral where most online RPGs end. create on with.
Blockchain will have a say in the future of gaming
Despite the fact that a lot of money has already been raised for its development, the team behind the project is eager to lay the groundwork for an open, decentralized community that will ultimately result in a self-sustaining game.
The growing community is not only regarded as gamers, but also as game makers. Even now, the game developers continue to work to improve the overall game experience by implementing new features, fixing bugs and testing new functionalities – following the directions and feedback from the community online.
Cradles players can position themselves today and take advantage of an industry destined to continue to grow over time by attracting new users to its ecosystem. According to data from Dapps Radar, the top 10 Blockchain games today have over $700 million in assets with nearly 1 million active players.
Clearly there is interest and potential in more decentralized forms of games that rely on community-based efforts to develop, especially when the relationship between gamers and traditional game developers has been full of disappointment and frustration in recent years.
Tomorrow’s games don’t necessarily have to be all about being able to earn cryptocurrencies and buy in-game NFTs. But if blockchain technology were to provide the next real innovation and enable and unlock new aspects of gameplay that traditional games have always been lacking, it could very well be the gateway to the future of gaming.