Ah, Gala Games — a drum I have been banging on for a year or more at this point. However, I must confess something: I’m getting impatient. There are so many promising projects and it is an ecosystem filled with potential, but I want to see it firing on all cylinders! Well, arguably Gala’s flagship project, Mirandus, now has some (official) leaks to pore over.
I have been patient for so long. Blockchain gaming took years to even catch the attention of the right people, but now that it has, and now we are seeing AAA projects in development, I grow restless. Between superb platforms like Fractal and the highest quality games like Mirandus, I can see the pieces slotting together. Well, save for a common issue I raise that can be a red flag at times: the lack of gameplay footage.
Damn-near anybody can craft an idea for an amazing game, and so roadmaps, cinematic trailers, concept art, and whitepapers just don’t butter my parsnips any longer. I want to see gameplay footage and, ideally, footage that is simply a person playing the game; no alluring camera angles or Michael Bay editing sequences, just the game, please.
For some time, I have given Mirandus something of a free pass on this front. Firstly, it is Gala Games and I believe in their ability to deliver high-quality projects, and secondly, it’s an MMORPG. The development of MMORPGs is grueling and time-consuming, but I’d be happy with some pre-alpha footage in all honesty.
Well, we’ve finally got some “leaks”. These “leaks” get the inverted comma treatment because they’re “leaked” by Gala through their official channels — hardly Julian Assange — but who cares? We have gameplay footage and more information on how the game will be.
In gaming, like many of us, I feel jaded of late. (In fact, I wrote an entire article on why Web3 is what the industry needs to break through the widespread malaise.) Even though this is a brief video, it did something to me. Perhaps it’s my 20-year obsession with MMORPGs (that’s certainly part of it), but seeing NFTs and blockchain being used in the way I dreamed of back in 2018 — well, that’s gratifying and special. I cannot tell you how excited I am to be creating Mirandus content, both written and video, in the near future.