Upcoming blockchain-based game 9Lives Arena will let players design ‘blueprints’ for their characters which they will also be able to sell on the blockchain.
9Lives Arena is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) based around skillful one-on-one (1V1) duels. As the name aptly implies, players will have a grand total of nine lives before having to create a new character.
The game will feature a sparring mode where players can freely test their skills against other players in matches where deaths will not count.
Upon losing nine lives, players’ characters will turn into a statue in the arena and cannot be used again.
The game is advertised as cross-platform – meaning players on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation should be able to play with one another.
There does not appear to be a limit on how many characters can be created. However, any subsequent characters built after another dies will not inherit the gear of the deceased character.
9Lives Arena will boast its own crafting mechanics with which the player can craft items of varying rarity.
The game is supported by blockchain technology and Enjin – ensuring that all in-game items worth saving can be stored on the blockchain indefinitely.
Sell crafted items on the blockchain
A recent YouTube video from 9Lives Arena explains how it will take crafting further. Players will be able to craft unique items and ultimately sell them if the items are rare enough.
It even elaborates on how the player can inject Enjin Coin into items to raise their value on the blockchain.
These items are called ‘blueprints’ – another name for a ‘skin’. Owning rare and luxurious skins has become a trend in popular games such as Apex Legends or Fortnite.
However, giving the player the ability to create unique in-game aesthetics and sell them on their own volition is new in the gaming industry.
Typically, the game developer will sell in-game ‘packs’ which offer players a chance of netting themselves rare items – putting the money in the hands of the developer.
9Lives Arena is seemingly tapping into the potential of blockchain to enable players to own their own marketplace, created and funded by themselves.
If successful, this could be a powerful concept that could garner the attention of mainstream game developers and ultimately promote adoption of blockchain games.
The first alpha release for 9Lives Arena is expected to launch at the end of April 2019.
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