Tis the season for blockchain game announcements from big publishers, with Jam City announcing a new division focused on the red-hot sector, along with its first play-to-earn title and the pending sale of 10,000 accompanying characters built on non-fungible tokens.
This week’s announcement marks a big move by Culver City, Calif.-based Jam City into new kinds of games beyond their mobile-focused portfolio. The first title from the new division is called Champions: Ascension, a multi-platform fighting game built on Web3 protocols where players earn cryptocurrency.
As part of Champions: Ascension, Jam City will mint and sell 10,000 unique “Prime Eternals” characters built on NFTs that will have the best potential to earn within the game, the company said.
As is increasingly common, buyers will be able to resell the NFT characters through a digital marketplace, build structures on virtual property, and forge virtual items, along with socializing and gameplay.
“Web3 gives us the opportunity to incorporate player input, direct ownership of the characters, and ultimately player agency that is not currently possible with standard game technology,” said Jam City CEO Chris DeWolfe. With Champions: Ascension, Jam City has the opportunity to help define this next generation of gaming. This is why we’re so bullish on investing heavily in multiple Web3 projects.
A Jam City release describes the game play as an RPG battle game that takes place in the world of Massina, which has been at peace for 1,000 years.
Ruled by generations of Emperors, the people are united and entertained by its gladiatorial games in a grand arena fought by outlandish beasts known as Eternals.
These alchemical creations are imbued with a primordial essence such as life, death or arcane, and possess special abilities. These essences are worshiped as deities by the people as the balance between the different Houses influences their daily lives.
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