Nintendo among developers making games on the Ethereum blockchain
Mario and Luigi are now part of the blockchain – in a manner of speaking. A video game development studio, 8 Circuit Studio, that has pulled in developers from Microsoft, Nintendo and Electronic Arts, among others, is creating games on Ethereum’s blockchain. The studio’s president, James Mayo, is behind games like Donkey Kong Country, Age of Empires 2, ‘F.E.A.R.’ and, of course, Super Mario World.
One game, ‘Alien Arsenal’ is already available on the blockchain. It was released in conjunction with a digital token, the ‘8Bit Token.’ The tokens were delivered to players through a program similar to an airdrop called a “Space Drop Program," and are used to climb game levels and for trading with other gamers. The game centers on an alien that is upgradeable to fight in the game’s "battle for the blockchain.” 8 Circuit Studios indicated that Alien Arsenal is one of the first upgradeable digital assets ever released.
2019 will see the launch of a new game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the PC. D-PARC will offer characters fused permanently into the blockchain and combines first-player action with psychological survival techniques. The futuristic game will also incorporate space travel and ship-to-ship battles.
Mayo said of D-PARC in a statement, “Phase one is simply saving the state of your character – level status, items, et cetera. The second is allowing you to bring that character into any and every game we publish. The final phase is allowing you to bring your character into any game you can imagine, regardless of the publisher who created it and the platform it’s on.”
There is currently a proliferation of the use of the blockchain in video games. This will continue as the blockchain becomes more advanced and more integrated into everyday life. Blockchain-based games, once released, cannot be altered by developers, making them a favorite with gamers since they cannot be whimsically changed by developers. The innovative games also provide a new level of digital value, offering players the ability to virtually own characteristics that can be sold or traded. These characteristics provide a tangible value that can increase or decrease based on demand.
Just as we are witnessing the increased acceptance of the blockchain across a number of industries, it is now also entering into the video gaming industry. The next five to ten years are going to bring about a number of fascinating changes because of the technology.