While Enjin’s roots stretch all the way back to 2009, us in the cryptoeconomy recognize it as the gaming platform that raised a ~$19 million initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017 and has been delivering blockchain-based gaming experiences ever since.
The project’s north star? To help anyone easily build games and other digital assets around non-fungible token (NFT) technology. And that’s exactly what Enjin’s been doing lately, as a slew of new games have recently entered the project’s ecosystem.
Canadian game studio Skymarch Entertainment announced today, November 5th, that the startup was integrating NFTs via the Enjin platform into three of its games: Crystals of Fate, The Galaxy of Lemuria, and Zeal.
“We see blockchain technology at the forefront of what is to become mainstream in the future,” Skymarch Entertainment CEO Jonathon McKay said on the news, adding:
“Enjin’s direction toward creating a more scalable, user-friendly blockchain ecosystem solidified our company’s decision to join forces and empower our players with true ownership over their assets.”
The first of these franchises, Crystals of Fate, is a battle-focused digital collectible card game (CCG) that will play familiar to fans of mainstream titles like Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering. Then there’s The Galaxy of Lemuria, a “unique intergalactic MMO Survival RPG with a trading card-based system and a huge procedurally-generated galaxy.” Last up is Zeal, which is a player-vs-player (PVP) role-playing game inspired by World of Warcraft’s popular PvP arenas.
As such, Skymarch Entertainment is now looking to make a name for itself as an NFT pioneer on Enjin, while in kind Enjin will enjoy an acute influx of mainstream-styled games and more contributions from Skymarch’s developers going forward.
Barehand Brings Cede to Enjin
Barehand, which held a Kickstarter campaign for the strategic action RPG game Cede earlier this year, is another recent oncomer in the Enjin ecosystem.
Indeed, this fall Barehand announced it was also bringing Cede to the Enjin platform and integrating NFT tech into the game accordingly. The franchise’s creators are looking to add PvP elements to the title in the months ahead, but out of the gate the game will start on PC and be focused on campaign mode gameplay. The Enjin embrace will see Cede eventually allow players to “grow unique assets that can be stored in wallets that support ERC-1155 tokens and sold through various marketplaces.”
Another upstart Enjin-linked title to watch is Wavelings, a sci-fi massive multiplayer online (MMO) game developed by the builders at Axana Games.
The link-up will see the Wavelings game, which is slated for a 2021 launch, embracing blockchain-based land underpinned by Enjin’s NFT infrastructure. This dynamic will let plays own, collect, and up their own virtual farms and communities on their own terms. Notably, the game will employ an AI companion to guide players through the process of using an Ethereum wallet, Enjin, and more.
Leah Munro, CEO of Axana Games, said of the decision:
“After researching the tech and establishing the top priorities for our model and clients, Enjin became the easy choice. The Enjin ecosystem is at the forefront of modern blockchain technology and provides a suite of tools that remove potential barriers to adoption. This is invaluable and will allow us to remain focused on the business of gaming.”
Rising gaming projects are increasingly looking to Enjin as a premier platform for experimenting with new gaming-centric, digital asset economies.
Going forward, then, the question will be: can Enjin continue to attract talented development teams to the NFT space? If the project’s recent performance is any indication, then the team does in fact have a good chance to do just that.