The word Metaverse has been thrown around a lot in recent years, however, it is by no means a new term. Coined in 1992 in a science fiction novel called “Avalanche”, the term is now used by a variety of tech and gaming companies when referring to the use of VR technology or 3D immersive games and of course, Mark Zuckerberg’s latest product from his new company called Meta.
The Metaverse is touted to be the next big thing, but so far, it has shown little growth and enormous losses to companies that have tried to venture into the industry. There are numerous NFT and cryptocurrency based games that players are able to indulge in. These games are littered with NFT’s that can be found and traded, but they also allow players the chance to accumulate easy to buy NFT’s as they traverse the virtual landscapes.
Because the games are based on the Ethereum blockchain, they have enticed players with the opportunity to grow their wallets which can then be used to make purchases or trades throughout the online communities.
There are a variety of games available thus far. Some can be accessed using VR headsets for the full experience; however, there is a solid selection which can be played without those costly accessories.
This is probably the most recognizable game on the list and has reported fantastic growth recently. According to the developers, they have seen a nearly 50% increase in the number of active players with linked e-wallets.
The game allows players to accumulate Tezotops via either a process referred to as yield farming, or by challenging other players to battle where the winner will be allocated loot boxes. Loot boxes are basically a mystery box which can be filled with different rewards.
Tezotops are essentially non-fungible tokens that work on the Ethereum blockchain. These can then be transferred and used throughout the Metaverse in other games that utilize the same blockchain.
Soon to be released, X-Metaverse is based on the iconic Star Wars films which have one of the largest fan bases on the entire planet. This NFT/blockchain based game will allow players to accumulate tokens, which are referred to as XMeta.
There are a variety of ways that players are able to attain tokens, these include farming, mining, synthesizing and of course, battling other players for the opportunity to open loot boxes. This Binance based blockchain is set to break records as play-to-earn games continue to grow in popularity.
Hailed as one of the first truly AAA games, illuvium is a 3D based open world RPG adventure game that is based on the Ethereum blockchain. Created using the Unreal Engine 4, players will be able to traverse the immersive environment searching for illuvials. These alien beast’s must have their energy stored in crystal shards once captured.
Apart from the Illuvials, there are a number of other items that are NFTs which can be traded throughout the community.
Players will be ecstatic to know that this free to play/play to earn game is community driven and gives you the opportunity to earn more rewards the more you play. The game is run using decentralized blockchain and AI which is used in DeFi and NFT’s. The multichain technology allows for the ability to manage your assets across various blockchains.
Battle players for loot, farm and complete intergalactic missions to increase the size of your bounty which can be used across multiple platforms.
One of the first games in Metaverse designed for racing enthusiasts, RaceFi allows players to earn as they play while enjoying the various race modes. Alternatively, you’ll also be able to purchase property in the game which will all come in the form of verifiable NFTs which can then be traded or sold.
The game is run on the Solana blockchain which offers two playing modes, either pvp or pve. The difference being that players will be able to race their own cars in one mode, but in the other, they will merely create their racing strategies.
Are Metaverse Games Really Worth It?
Look, when it comes to games, as long as they are entertaining and immersive with decent gameplay, there are going to be players that enjoy them. As the industry continues to evolve, there is no doubt that the games themselves will too.
Play to earn games are definitely the future of gaming and most experts are under the impression that they will totally eclipse the gaming industry in less than a decade.