It’s no secret that RedFOX Labs’ gaming division is cooking up a new title. A past article on blockchain gaming served up some insight into our disruptive weapon of choice: non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
NFTs offer the unique ability to transfer gameplay elements — outfits, weapons, collectibles — to other games within the same ecosystem. Rather than leaving everything trapped inside a game you no longer play, your progress carries over to additional titles.
Our gaming division — lead by industry veteran Arclegger — aims to create such an ecosystem. Inside, you can let your imagination run amok across an array of interoperable playgrounds. But without NFTs, every in-game triumph and discovery can’t make the double-jump from game to game.
Non-fungible tokens create value by capturing gameplay inside a digital container you can trade, sell, or transfer to other games.
Another way to think of NFTs is in the context of cryptocurrency mining. Rather than putting your computer to work in the hopes of winning the right to mint a new block, you’re playing a videogame to create tokens. In other words, gameplay-minted NFTs are a form of physical mining. But this version is loads more fun than wearing a hardhat and swinging a pickaxe.
Now, to create a network of blockchain games you need, well, games! And it starts with the very first one. But if you’re here to glean every last detail of how our new videogame operates, sorry to disappoint. While the blockchain development side — aka, the hard part — is nearing completion, we’re not quite ready for the big reveal.
That said, we do want to share some recent progress. We see you in the RedFOX Telegram and RedFOX Discord, asking how the game is coming along. Hello! The short answer is that it’s going swimmingly. Thanks for asking!
And if you want a more in-depth explanation, read on, and we’ll tell you about recent breakthroughs in blockchain gaming.
100% Onchain Gaming
We’re certainly not the first blockchain project to enter the videogames space. There are other NFT-based games in the market as you read this. However, we’re setting a precedent for the security aspect of blockchain gaming with NFTs.
You see, most games employing NFTs handle the gameplay off-chain, then transmit records to the blockchain as necessary. Sure, it’s effective, and the system works. But that level of protection is lackluster for matches in which there’s money on the line. There’s simply too much space for manipulation.
Let’s use an esports tournament as an example. All competitors buy into a prize pool, and the winners are sharing $1M. Does that figure seem too high for a single videogames tournament? It used to be, but the pool for last month’s Call of Duty World League Championship rose to $2M.
Crimes involving far less money occur every single day. But when figures soar into the millions, thieves of all types emerge from the shadows. We can’t leave the door open to spoofs and hacks, which off-chain gaming does.
By simulating all gameplay on a blockchain, in real-time, players can remain confident that their matches are entirely genuine. There’s no foul play or “he said, she said” drama when every lobbed grenade and 10-hit combo records onto an immutable ledger. Want to see what actually went down in a match? Just check the public blockchain transactions.
Decentralized Blockchain Gaming
Blockchain gaming tournaments have yet to reach the multimillion-dollar status enjoyed by their centralized counterparts. And that’s because, in part, most of the gaming industry is still unaware of this upgrade’s existence.
Today, a successful tournament requires in-person play from global teams. Sure, buzz and excitement surround vast gatherings of the world’s best gamers. There’s always a time and place for those events.
Now consider for a moment the ability to enter a tournament from the comfort of your favorite gaming chair: no flights, no hotels, and no reliance on a corporate server to keep things fair. And when the game requires a team effort, local pros can launch attacks from within their training grounds.
Our upcoming NFT game is completely decentralized.
Because we’re using blockchain tech to record every aspect of gameplay, gamers are free to game from wherever they prefer. And this feature opens the door to massive global tournaments. Peer-to-peer gaming knows no bounds.
Customizable In-game Currency and Pieces
While we can’t yet divulge the title and gameplay, we can tell you that our upcoming game is a remake of an offline classic. Yes, we’re taking a physical game and creating a digital representation.
No, we’re not talking about Blockchain FIFA 2020. Our game is more along the lines of Hearthstone or even Magic: The Gathering. The similarities lie in the ability to create your own ‘deck’ when challenging competitors.
Players use specialized NFT wallets to assemble sets containing their favorite pieces. And thanks to the brilliant work of our lead blockchain developer — dimxy — we have hidden content packaged inside consumer goods.
While gameplay data is always public, specific NFTs remain encrypted until the game-state dictates their release into the wild.
Like digital trading cards, rare collectibles hide inside booster packs. Purchasing a booster allows you to open a new set of game pieces digitally. And every once in awhile, you’ll find a rare gem of an NFT.
And remember, all of these game pieces are tradable within our NFT marketplace. Win them in games, sell them, swap them, or reserve them for our next blockchain gaming creation.
Whether millions of dollars are at stake or you’re playing in a free tournament, games of any type have no place for cheaters. Problem is, every game has them. But with blockchain on our team, we vastly minimize bad actors’ chances of forced entry.
Blockchain enthusiasts want to put everything on a chain. From supply to health to law, name any industry and blockchain can probably pass along an upgrade. Rather than rely on specific individuals to uphold their end of the bargain, we put our faith in technology — a set of distributed nodes agreeing upon immutable actions.
And gaming is no exception here. To call us blockchain “enthusiasts” is an understatement. Blockchain “fanatics” is a better descriptor.
Now, one of the most exciting aspects of utilizing Komodo’s Antara Framework is our freedom to experiment. Because our game’s backbone is fully modular and interoperable, crossover gameplay is pre-loaded. Our upcoming NFT game seamlessly integrates with whatever we create next. Once again, RedFOX Labs makes a technological leap aided by Komodo.
Adding a Graphical User Interface is our next step. And once that portion appears on the monitors of talented artists, we’re sure to share more with you. Similar to every blockchain venture RedFOX creates, we’re just as excited to launch our new game as you are to play it.