Last week, we discussed the imminent release of Age of Rust as the first part of our new series on blockchain games. Now, with only four days until you can play the game through Steam, we want to highlight one extra reason for playing this game on release: the staggering prizes and treasure up for grabs.
The beta version of this dark, sci-fi adventure game is released on 19th March 2021, just four days away, and you can add it to your wishlist on Steam here. Central to the game’s allure for many is the use of blockchain assets and cryptocurrency bounties. That is, by solving problems, exploring, and hunting, you can earn both items which can be traded and sold, and directly deposited cash bounties. These rewards — as the title implies — are far from negligible. The total expected haul from crypto puzzles is four Bitcoin and 35,000+ Enjin and NFTs. The final crypto treasure hunt will have the grand prize of a 20 Bitcoin reward, which as of this mild afternoon on the 15th of March 2021, is worth $1,128,884. This won’t be able to be found until season 3, but there’s plenty to do in the meantime!
What’s most impressive to me is that the Bitcoin prize has been earmarked for the game by developing studio’s (SpacePirate Games) CEO, Chris LoVerme, since 2014, when it was worth in the region of $10,000! Nevertheless, they kept it set aside.
“When we first started working on Age of Rust in 2014, we decided to do a treasure hunt to teach people about cryptocurrency and provide a fun onramp into this new world of blockchain […] We set aside 24 BTC, which was worth about $20,000 at the time. We had no idea that this bounty would grow to be so valuable, as the roots of the idea were planted back when Bitcoin was virtually unknown. We believe Age of Rust is not only a fun RPG adventure that players will love, it will also serve as a great, easy introduction to the exciting world of blockchain gaming just as it’s really starting to take off.” — Chris LoVerme