Pokémon-inspired and blockchain-powered massively multiplayer online role playing game Chainmonsters will be a free-to-play game when it launches. Game studio B-side Games will use a season pass business model to make money. This season pass includes several chainmons, characters customization options and a house.
Originally B-Side Games planned to release Chainmonsters as a premium game. The studio suggested a 15 to 20 dollars price tag. However, according to their own research the free-to-play mechanics would be friendlier to the younger audience that like Chainmonsters.
The Season Pass is now the main way for B-Side Games to monetize their game. The studio emphasized in their blogpost that Chainmonsters will not be pay-to-win game.
The studio has completely reshaped some of the core mechanics of the game. That’s why the Kickstarter campaign in January was cancelled. Because of the changed, the chainmonsters won’t have base stats applied to them. This will make sure not every player will end up with the same end-game monsters.
Personalities and powers
Every player will be able to create their own unique character inside the game. In addition each player will start with a couple of chainmons, all equal in their powers. These little monsters get their own personality and powers through traits, loyalty and individual values.
Traits and loyalty are new mechanics that create new ways to develop each chainmon. For example, a chainmon starts with one trait that’s given at birth and they learn a second one through mutations, teachings or other gameplay mechanics. In addition loyalty influences luck-based mechanics, and the time a chainmon has been on the player’s side increases the strength of the loyalty bond.
Blockchain in Chainmonsters
In the latest official blogpost developer Max Weber didn’t reveal about the blockchain he will be using for the role playing game. He only teased with the quote ‘tokenize all the things’. Within the next few weeks B-Side Games will reveal which blockchain will support their game.
Weber has been contemplating the future of Chainmonsters for some time now. The game did a closed test earlier this year, after which Weber signaled a change would come. Studio boss Max Weber talked to us about Enjin, Ethereum and Flow as the main options for the future of Chainmonsters. However, in the blogpost he mentioned he chose ‘an upcoming blockchain’, suggesting he picked Flow. He also confirmed his choice for Flow on Discord back in March.
B-Side Games will be hiring new developers. In addition the German-based studio will be collaborating with an American development partner. The studios haven’t revealed details about this yet.
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