The Scottish game studio Etherplay is making a comeback with an open-ended on-chain strategy game called Conquest. The game will run completely on the Ethereum blockchain, presumably tapping into xDAI or Matic as a layer-2 solution. The studio will soon launch an early alpha version of Conquest.
The official website Conquest.eth doesn’t provide a lot of information yet. The developers describe their game as ‘an upstoppable and open-ended game of strategy and diplomacy’.
Ronan Sandford, the lead blockchain developer for The Sandbox and one of the devs behind Conquest, already teased the project a bit. Screenshots suggest that this new game is best compared with Dark Forest, which combined space exploration with conquest. Both games take place in space, and run completely on-chain on Ethereum.
Etherplay and its developers used to work on the dungeon crawler Ethernal World. However, they officially closed their dungeons in January.
What’s special about on-chain gaming?
On-chain games are persistent and can function without the need of servers of other centralized authorities. All the user needs is a graphical interface, while all the game rules are stored on the blockchain. As a result the rules are always provably fair. Players only need to download a game interface, or perhaps just go to a website to get started.
Those who are looking for decentralized on-chain games, have several projects to look at. Xaya is working on both Taurion, a completely decentralized online strategy game, and of course Soccer Manager Elite. Both games require users to install the game on their computer, but all game mechanics and gameplay is running on the custom Xaya blockchain. Soccer Manager Elite will even come to mobile devices, which is a very interesting development.
In addition there’s a relatively new project called Dark Forest. This grand strategy game in space is all about exploration, expansion and domination. However, in some case it could be a good idea to work together. There are also NFTs to find by exploring the universe, and there’s a prize pool for the best players. However, Dark Forest is far from finished and the game has not been audited. However, it’s cool to see a game being completely on-chain and it has already generated quite some hype. Ultimately this could be a truly persistent game world that will never ever go offline as long as Ethereum exists. We added this game to our list of blockchain games to watch in 2021.
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