Whenever the buzzword “metaverse” is mentioned it conjures up elaborate virtual worlds full of towering 3D buildings and expansive environments. Retro 8-bit graphics, on the other hand, don’t really (if ever) feature or even a consideration. Kongregate aims to change that this year by mashing up Web3 gaming with 8-bit design in The Bitverse.
Born from a web game called Bit Heroes (2016), The Bitverse is essentially a collection of Web3 videogames set within a nostalgic 8-bit universe. Initially, there will be three titles available in this retro metaverse; cross-platform MMORPG Bit Heroes, battle royale shooter Bit Heroes Arena, and a third currently unannounced project that’ll be revealed later this year.
These are Web3 titles, so they’ll each offer fungible and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for players to collect and earn. They can be played separately if players wish to do so but to get the most out of The Bitverse, each player’s NFT hero can be used across them all as well as being customisable. The Bitverse‘s NFT avatars will be available for presale in Q2 2022. It’ll have its own token called Pixels ($BPXL)
“Imagine a world where players no longer lose their unique character or digital identity when they want to switch from one game to the next. Instead, players have a larger universe of games to explore that leverage the progress, time and experience they have accrued playing their favourite game. And to take that one step further, what if that player can tell the game developers – directly – what types of games they want to see made in the future. That’s the promise and vision of the Bitverse,” said Max Murphy, CTO at Kongregate in a statement. “That’s the future that I want to live in and the world that Kongregate is building.”
“The long term goal of the Bitverse is to create a metaverse of cross-platform games united by the blockchain, with an NFT ‘bit hero’ that players can use in every game,” said Jorge G. Ezquerra, Senior Director of Product at Kongregate. “These games will use a hybrid of traditional gaming and blockchain technology to allow players to own digital assets, engage with developers directly and influence future game development.”
You can play Bit Heroes now with Bit Heroes Arena set for an official launch in Q3 2022. For continued updates on The Bitverse, keep reading gmw3.