The first 12,000 plots in Solarwood, one of the nations in Ember Sword, sold out despite lots of server and blockchain troubles. At the peak of the sale, Bright Star Studios sold 5,000 lands in half an hour. The servers, third-party services and remote procedure call (RPC) protocol couldn’t keep up with the traffic, causing lots of frustration within the community.
We’ve seen plenty of NFT sales in recent months where servers couldn’t keep up with demand. Earlier this week Guild of Guardians had some problems, while a sale for The Sandbox wasn’t reachable for certain parts of the world. Generally these sales events come with a strong influx of users at the same time, and very often traffic exceeds expectations of the developers. Furthermore, sales took place in ETH. However, not in ETH on the Ethereum blockchain, but in WETH on the Polygon blockchain. Another surprise for those looking to buy land.
Anyway, lessons learned. Bright Star Studios will learn from this sale and recognizes that the land sale was a complete mess. That’s why they announced to not increase the land pricing in the second sale. That way everybody will have a chance to acquire land at a discount. However, they didn’t provide a date for the second land sale yet.
The nation of Solarwood will offer space for approximately 40,000 land parcels. Therefore this first land sale of 12,000 plots is only the beginning for Ember Sword. More sales moments will follow in the months to come.
More info about the Ember Sword land sale
A land plot, which is roughly the size of your game screen, is the smallest piece of land you can buy. For $40 you become a Sir or a Lady, and your land can host campsites, NPC houses, monsters, and resources. For roughly $400, or actually 0,107 ETH, you get a settlement plot. Small-sized buildings can be placed here, for example a guild outpost or some stores.
Pay 2.139 ETH or $8,000 and you get 4 land plots that combine as a town. These allow for bigger buildings, an exchange that connects with the global gaming network. If you really have many to throw around, you could ten times as much and acquire a city.
What is Ember Sword?
Ember Sword is a cross-platform free-to-play open world fantasy MMORPG. The game promises a sandbox experience with complete player autonomy, which means that players doesn’t need to pick specific classes or roles. In addition the world of controlled by the community, and players can even own land. Bright Star Studios has planned Ember Sword for release in 2022, and it’s using the Polygon blockchain.
Players can create their own character, pick a home region, and venture into the dangerous world of Ember Sword. The game is heavy on action, underlined by a classless combat system. Players can for example defeat monsters or other players, or explore the world as a tradesman. Depending on their choices, they can become a talented refiner, or for example a craftsman of weapons.
Each region offers unique quests, monsters, and resources for crafting items. Players can use these resources or sell them in the player-driven economy.
From melee, ranged, and energy combat skills, to mining, blacksmithing, fishing, woodcutting, harvesting, and more, the many skills in Ember Sword offer near-endless activities. Each skill increases in level the more player are training. This unlocks new advancements, such as increased efficiency, new items to craft and equip, new abilities to cast, or resources to harvest.
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