A team with some triple-A games developers, a successful $10m funding round, and a partnership with Immutable X: they are some impressive ingredients, but what is Angelic?
To create daily content on blockchain gaming, 7 days per week, I had to build a vast network of information funnels that I pore through regularly. The vast majority of news, tips, and press releases that come my way get a cursory glance and little more, but with increasing frequency, I have cause to stop. Whenever this happens — and it could be for a number of reasons — I will bookmark them to return to. On the second parse, I will decide whether I’m going to write about the topic immediately or put it in my document of topics I will return to.
The announcements of interesting games with great teams and solid funding have become almost commonplace, and so I have started writing almost a subgenre of article on Token Gamer: The Flag Plant. This is where I come across a project I want to keep a close eye on and want to make other gamers aware of and the latest is Angelic.
What Is Angelic?
Angelic is a dark sci-fi RPG, with single-player and massively multiplayer elements, that is utilizing blockchain to enhance it. Built by Metaverse Game Studios, this RPG will involve turn-based strategy combat in either a paid-for single-player story mode, or a “multiplayer metaverse” that is free-to-play. The game has ex-Diablo developers, as well as other team members with experience at major gaming organizations such as Ubisoft. While this is no guarantee of quality, it is a reasonable indicator of competence!
Metaverse Game Studios raised $10m in an investing round co-led by Pantera Capital, Animoca Brands, Solana Ventures, and Everyrealm to create Angelic. After initially partnering with Solana Lab, according to the official announcement, Angelic “will now expand to using Immutable X’s powerful ZK-rollup technology, which will empower players with full ownership of all in-game assets as fully-carbon neutral NFTs, all while leveraging the security of the Ethereum blockchain.”
Angelic is building a massively multiplayer metaverse with a deep gameplay layer enriched by a sophisticated backstory. We believe this is the right approach to help bridge the divide between blockchain games and AAA titles.
— Yat Siu, Co-Founder and CEO of Animoca Brands
The founder and CEO of Metaverse Game Studios, Erkan Bayol, has been outspoken on the role of blockchain in the project, denouncing Play-to-Earn (P2E) and pay-to-win, as well as high barriers of entry to the game. If you have read even a handful of articles I have written, you will know this sentiment warms my cockles, whatever they are. In an interview with Cointelegraph, Bayol is not interested (or seemingly supportive) of NFTs and tokens being utilized as money-making mechanisms and would rather focus on how blockchain can enhance the gaming experience — again, musical words.
There are a lot of positive signs for Angelic and it’s one I am planting that aforementioned flag in. My only reservations presently are grounded in a lack of information. That is, I’m still not clear what Angelic’s gameplay will be like. I am usually highly suspicious of projects without gameplay footage in Web3, but Angelic isn’t seeking our money at the moment, so that warning sign isn’t relevant.
Unreal Engine 5 and a semi-competent artist can now create AAA-standard visuals (I have an article about this coming out soon), so the stunning images on the Angelic website must be pushed to one side. Nevertheless, the team’s experience, the founder’s vision, the game’s concept, and the partnerships and investors point towards something potentially special. So, we’ll be keeping a close eye on it and you might want to, too.