Video games have evolved rapidly over the years, going from pixelated two-dimensional sprites to lifelike characters and jaw-dropping worlds. Massive technological leaps have propelled the gaming industry to revenues among the highest of all entertainment media. Multiple genres have endured from gaming’s earliest days, including the text-based role-playing games of the 1980’s that have evolved into the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) that have been dominant for the past two decades.
MMORPGs combine role-playing adventure games with enormous, persistent virtual worlds that enable players to interact with one another. Traditionally based on fantasy themes, the prospect of banding together to participate in missions helped boost the genre into a global phenomenon generating billions of dollars in annual revenue.
Parallel to the innovations of the gaming industry, blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies have emerged over the past decade to attract investors and innovators eager to find blockchain applications beyond finance. Recent innovations like Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) initially garnered attention as collections of digital works such as art and video clips, but game developers are finding new uses for NFTs as the means for players to truly own the characters and items they acquire in games. Joining the vanguard of combining games and NFTs is WildWorks, creators of Cinder.
Most NFT projects aspire to become video games, with roadmaps that promote their sale to investors with promises of future utility in games yet to be developed. But where other brands produce and tokenize NFT characters first, sell them, then set to work building a virtual world for them to inhabit, the developers of Cinder decided this process was backwards.
“We built the world and the Fae (the Cinder NFT avatars) together and turned them loose in there to look around and make the place presentable,” said Clark Stacey, CEO of Cinder developer WildWorks. “Now we’re going to tokenize them.”
The Cinder Fae make up a collection of 11,111 exclusive avatars designed and curated by the project’s artists; avatars that are ready to enter the Cinder metaverse immediately once they’re minted. Each Fae is an extraordinary showcase of digital art, with utility as one of a kind playable game avatars. The avatar collection will have over 150 traits of varying rarity randomly distributed across nine categories of differentiation, guaranteeing that each will be a completely unique avatar in the metaverse that can never be duplicated. The Cinder fae NFTs will be minted on the eco-friendly Solana blockchain, which the developers describe as a bridge between the mundane world we know and the Cinder frontier the Fae inhabit.
The creators of Cinder describe the virtual world itself as a home base for the nomadic vanguard of digital humanity. “Here you’ll find the jesters, world builders, and storytellers who hail from Chaotic Neutral but aspire to Chaotic Good,” said Clark Stacey, WildWorks CEO. “Cinder is home to the explorers and undercover trickster gods pushing humanity towards its next evolutionary leap.”
With such intriguing lore, Cinder is bound to attract the attention of crypto and NFT enthusiasts as well as gamers. However, the developers note a prime attraction will be the unique Create-to-Earn economy in development that will enable players to monetize the characters and worlds they build in Cinder. Their plans call for the post-launch release of tools that make it easy for the average user to produce intricate, detailed avatars and social spaces in Cinder, which creators can tokenize and sell to other metaverse citizens.
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