0xUniverse: An Ethereum Based Video Game Released
Following time span which felt like an eternity for the fans, 0xGames have finally launched their flagship project 0xUniverse.
0xUniverse is a next-gen Ethereum-based game, where players are 22nd-century space explorers colonizing planets in a vibrant 3D rendered galaxy. No two planets are alike – each one is a unique digital asset stored on the blockchain. These collectible planets fall into four value categories: common, rare, epic or legendary. Players must build their own spaceships, conquer planets, and interact with ancient alien civilizations as they work to expand their fleet and territories.
In many ways, 0xUniverse is like CryptoKitties in that players collect planets to expand their territorial presence across the galaxy. These planets appreciate over time because of the limited and fixed number of planetary “assets,” allowing players to earn money by selling them to others. The game has been in the works since the 0xGames team first came together in late 2017, in the wake of CryptoKitties's wild success.
Between March and May 0xUniverse was beta tested on the Rinkeby testnet. The game was ready for release by early June but stalled by avid fans who requested a planet presale. 0xGames said yes, and launched a 3-stage campaign whose final phase ended June 25th. Fans took home 223 (67%) of the 333 auctioned planets available during the presale, whose estimated total value was 190 Ether. The largest purchase cost its owner over $8000.
The development team had been headed by Mike Zelenin, who said: “0xUniverse revolves mainly around three pillars, which are resources, planets, and spaceships. After acquiring their first planet, players get a manpower source: planets accumulate population that, in turn, produces resources (29 types in total) and gains knowledge. Knowledge allows planet owners to invent and build spacecraft and explore new sectors to find new planets.”
The team will soon start work on a mobile version. There're also plans to release a new game, set in the world of 0xUniverse, later this year. The developers also pointed out that they intend to introduce companies and planet leasing into their project allowing players to get some extra bonuses.