A new auto-battler game enters the web3 space as BattleFly opens up early access. This butterfly-themed, ship customization, play to earn, passive, auto-battler is open to anyone with a BattleFly NFT and a few MAGIC tokens.
BattleFly early access is open now, though it is not free to join. Players must own at least one BattleFly NFT to play. These can be purchased at https://trove.treasure.lol/collection/battlefly with MAGIC tokens, and the current floor prices is ~$25 USD. Players will also need MAGIC tokens. They need 5 MAGIC to stake with their BattleFly, and then additional MAGIC tokens to battle (0.1 per battle). You’ll probably also want some mods, which will also cost MAGIC.
To join the early access phase, interested players must join the BattleFly Discord, and complete the onboarding tour in the #welcome channel. This is a pretty simple process involving watching a few videos about gameplay and how to get started, and then answering a couple of questions.
What is BattleFly?
BattleFly is a play to earn, auto-battler game that runs on runs on the Arbitrum network, a layer 2 solution for Ethereum. Players stake their BattleFly NFT, set the number of battles they want to fight per day, sit back and hopefully make some passive earnings.
To play, players must stake their BattleFly NFT(s) as well as 5 MAGIC tokens. Players then choose how many battles they want to fight per day with each BattleFly, up to 100 battles a day. Each battle costs an entry fee of 0.1 MAGIC. The winner receives 0.095 of the MAGIC from the loser, with the remainder going to the BattleFly DAO. The loser receives Nectar. Nectar is used to purchase additional mods for your ship and can also be used to re-roll scavenging results.
Despite the passive gameplay, BattleFly does offer plenty of customization options with mods that can be installed on the BattleFlies. The rarity of a BattleFly affects its combat ability, but the main part of the game involves the load-outs. Each BattleFly can load up to four mods — two weapons, one defense, and one utility item. Players can purchase extra mod slots with $gFLY tokens.
Players buy mods through a ‘scavenging system’. There are a number of options, allowing players to focus on finding specific types of mods. BattleFlies can also equip stickers, increasing the chances of finding rare mods when scavenging. Scavenging costs MAGIC tokens.
BattleFly also joins in the multimedia frenzy by offering a comic book as well. Mint for Issue #1 is free to BattleFly holders and available until February 22nd, 12am CST. You can mint at https://play.battlefly.game/comic
BattleFly features player leagues, automatically moving players up as they reach the top of the leaderboards. BattleFly also offers a nice looking stats page, with details about win rates and earnings for each ship. In addition, they have been on top of bugfixing, releasing several patches already this month.
Thoughts on BattleFly
If BattleFly had come out a year or two ago, I think it would have been big. But, given the current, growing web3 gaming scene, I wonder how much market remains for this sort of passive, play to earn game.
To be transparent, I haven’t actually played the game since I didn’t want to invest. And while it’s certainly understandable to not offer a free to play option, this puts BattleFly squarely in the play to earn category. Which means that, for the most part, players will be expecting to earn. But of course, not everyone can, and when players get tired of losing money and drop out, will there be new players to take their place?
But, as it is, BattleFly has already attracted enough players for over 1700 BattleFlies to be staked. So, perhaps they will find a way to make it work!
To learn more about BattleFly, visit their website, follow them on Twitter, and join their Discord.