Bside Games has revealed a new graphical design for their upcoming monster-catching MMO game Chainmonsters. The game now has a new art style and camera perspective, creating a new look and feel. Chainmonsters will launch in closed alpha mid-April and uses the Flow blockchain to give gamers ownership over in-game assets.
“Mixing pixel-perfect 2D pixel art and stylized 3D characters and monsters was a challenge. I think we nailed it”, studio boss Max Weber wrote on Twitter. Chainmonsters still uses something similar to a top-down view, but in its design it now features very detailed three-dimensional anime-style characters.
Bside Games has been working on the design overhaul of Chainmonsters for the best eight months. According to Weber the changes aren’t only visual, but also on a technical level. The company is currently in the process of making sure that everybody who pre-ordered the game will have access to the closed alpha test. Alpha access is limited, and costs $30. Users can pay using either crypto or a creditcard.
Chainmonsters will be playable on iOS, Android and through Steam. Players can switch platform easily, as long as they logged into only one version of the game at the time.
What is Chainmonsters?
Chainmonsters is a massively multiplayer online role playing game inspired by classic games like The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon. However, players will be competing against each other. Every player is an agent working for a corporation. There’s a mysterious disease that makes all creatures more aggressive, and there’s a weird crystal in the world. Guess who needs to find out? But can players trust the corporation? Who knows.
Players will need to acquire all kinds of little monsters. Some of them can only be found in certain regions, others only for a limited time. These monsters come from different elements, nine in total. These are generally home to a certain island or regions: pyro, hydro, nature, electro, air, cryo, geo and crystal.
Each of those mons has several basic attributes: health points (HP), attack, defense, elemental attack, elemental defense, speed, and stamina points (SP). In addition each mon has individual values for each stats, which means that mons can have different stats even though they look the same.
On top of that there are traits. Each monster has up to two traits. Most of them start with one and will learn a second one as they level up. For example, arcane intellect increase the critical hit chance, while haste increases the speed gain on a level-up. There are also traits that increase the attack power, while others decrease certain stats.
Battles in Chainmonsters are turn-based. While classic monster-catching games offer one-versus-one battles, Chainmonsters gives us 2 vs 2. This allows players to chain and combine attacks, creating strong elemental reactions.
Directly on launch, the game will introduce a season pass with timed events and event exclusive content. The game is running on the Flow blockchain, which allows easy on-boarding for users not familiar with blockchain technology.
Players won’t even notice there’s blockchain technology involved. However, once they dive deeper into the game they will be able to claim their wallet and everything they’ve collected. Gamers can keep, sell or trade all their items on an open peer-to-peer marketplace, like for example Viv3 or the Chainmonsters marketplace.
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