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Animoca Brands Invests in Star Atlas

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Blockchain gaming company Animoca Brands has invested an undisclosed amount into the Solana-powered virtual universe of Star Atlas. This way they want to grow the community of Star Atlas through cross-platform collaborations and cross-license intellectual property between Star Atlas and brands from the Animoca portfolio.

Star Atlas is an virtual universe on the Solana blockchain, and they created a bridge to the Ethereum blockchain. This will make it easier than ever to build connection between other games.

In the coming months, Star Atlas plans to integrate NFT collections into Animoca Brands existing partners. This would include ones with mainstream ties. This could mean that Star Atlas will make an appearance in for example The Sandbox. However, let’s also not forget that Animoca Brands took over Crypto Space Commander. Moreover, CSC has a license for Star Trek.

Even though we’ve only seen an amazing cinematic trailer, gameplay is still a bit of a mystery. Last Thursday the team opened up the sale for their ATLAS and POLIS tokens, which serve as a utility and governance token respectively.

What is Star Atlas?

Star Atlas is an upcoming massively multiplayer online game set in space, which will use Solana for its blockchain mechanics. All game logic, transactions and ownership will be stored on-chain. Star Atlas will be a grand strategy hybrid space game with serverless MMO gameplay. All gameplay will be real-time, and it will use the blockchain to give players ownership over in-game items, add economic-based gameplay mechanics and implement an economic system inspired by decentralized finance.

The game takes place in a distant future, in which three galactic factions have emerged. There’s an on-going struggle for resources, territorial conquest and political domination. Players can join one of these factions, and then earn income for their contributions. As a result their actions will change the course of the fictional universe. In-game created factions allow players to work together, gather resources and self-govern and manage their own micro-economy.

Star Atlas allows players to venture into deep space and discover new stars. In this universe filled with planets, there’s lots of conflict. Newcomers to the game will start out in a faction safe zone, but eventually venture into medium and deep space zones where the stakes and rewards are much greater.

All ships, space stations and land installations have weapons and shields for attack and defense. Gamers can upgrade space stations and installations through community efforts, while space ship commanders can assign crewmembers to improve the ship’s performance. The choice for your crew can influence your career, ranging from data runner to bounty hunter.

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