The Enjin Adopter Program has some of the most interesting projects in blockchain gaming, and now it has added an in-development MMORPG to its ranks.
If you’re a regular reader of mine, know me personally, or can read the blurb at the bottom of my articles, you’ll know I have a deep affinity for MMORPGs. For the last 20 years, I have mass-ejected my free time (and for the first decade, my not-so-free time) into MMOs of all descriptions. It’s a genre that is highly addictive, immersive, and social, but it also happens to be one of the gaming categories I yearn to see integrate blockchain. Every benefit blockchain brings to gaming — and there are many — would fit snugly with MMOs. So, when I see another in development and joining one of my favorite gaming blockchains, my ears prick up.
Dungeon Universe: A Free To Play MMO
Dungeon Universe is an open world, free to play MMO, with some lofty ambitions. It’s a strong candidate for our popular Blockchain Gaming Watch series and that could well be on the cards for the near future. The game is centered around the classic MMO format, ticking many of the boxes we have come to expect from the genre.
The ways in which Dungeon Universe is an MMORPG is not what is of interest here. What is worthy of attention is twofold for me: firstly, joining Enjin’s Adopter Program affords you a good deal of support and Enjin has started to become rather selective with which games they let in, particularly in the last year or so. Secondly, I’m drawn to just how much the game aims to lean on blockchain. As is detailed in the above video, everything from weapons to emotes will be NFTs, and that is interesting. There is so much that can be made into an NFT in the MMO genre and Dungeon Universe appears to be aiming at all of them. It’s an impressive ambition that if done right, can exhibit exactly why blockchain and MMOs can — and should — go hand in hand.
Enjin is a leading choice for game developers as it has plug-and-play technology for integrating blockchain, and between JumpNet and Efinity, many of the major drawbacks of blockchains like Ethereum (gas fees, environmental impact, low transactions per second, and so on) are overcome.
Dungeon Universe appears to be one to watch and watch I shall. The alpha is set for release to early supporters in Q4 2021 — we may try to sneak into that and see just how promising this project is!