Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite and autumn boys, has unleashed a new “F” in the world by adding an NFT-based video game to its online store: Damn, are we still doing this crypto baby thing?
The early access Blankos Block Party is advertised as “a vibrant open-world multiplayer game” on the Epic Games Store, with “a focus on custom art and design, building your own levels, exploring user-created levels, and curating your collection of unique and rare Blankos!” It’s free to play, but collect “rare Blankos!” – NFT Frankensteins seemingly emerged from established collectibles such as Legos, Funko Pop! and Kaws figures — will cost you anywhere from under $10 ($14) to nearly $150,000 ($208,230). If you’d rather spend even more money, you can buy your Blankos accessories, like these butterflies, available for $1,111,111 ($1,542,444) from the Mythical Marketplace, the blockchain-powered store of development company Mythical Games.
But that money is a lot of effort for what is essentially a crypto combo of Autumn boys and Roblox. BlankosGameplay consists of bouncing around platforms in existing party games, or creating your own levels to play with friends.
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That in itself is a good starting point. Blankos‘ graphics are also decent and unremarkable for the genre, with a slick terrain that mostly looks like cheese cubes. And dropping too much money for in-game items isn’t That other than pay to win in games like Diablo Immortal. But all this is a problem for people who claim that crypto has something new to offer for gaming.
Blankos boasts of the Epic Games Store’s fresh, hot “Blockchain/NFT” tag, conveniently indicating that “Epic Games does not encourage the purchase or sale of cryptocurrency or digital assets” (why is it listed in your store then?), but its so-called Web3 premise copies old-fashioned theories like pay-to-win and jumping up and down on a cube.
Oh well. I’m sure one of the other blockchain-based games announced for the Epic Games Store like Grainwhich apparently expects players to drop cash on unmodified asset flips, will get Web3 gaming fully back on its innovative track.