The Future of Fighting Games? Wreck League by nWay and Animoca

Wreck League, a web3 fighting game developed by nWay and Animoca Brands, aims to revolutionize the fighting game genre, and they might just do it.

The side-on fighting game genre is a strange one — it was utterly iconic for years with the likes of Street Fighter, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur, and Virtua Fighter, to name a few. Even today it has a cult following and regular releases. And yet, it hasn’t really changed all that much in the past three decades. Watching streams of Street Fighter 6, there are many visual improvements, but the format remains the same. This isn’t entirely a criticism; the combat style works well and doesn’t require much iterating upon. However, it doesn’t feel a hub of innovation.

On the other side of the gaming world you have web3, which has had more than its fair share of innovation, but no fighting games as far as I am aware. This is strange not so much because fighting games are so popular, but rather because they can feasibly be developed on a shorter cycle. Web3 gaming is full of TCGs for this very reason (as well as the seamless application of blockchain to cards as NFTs.)

What Is Wreck League?

Wreck League is a web3 fighting game developed by nWay and Animoca Brands that aims to update the genre. Unlike traditional fighting games where players select a character and do their best to figure out the buttons, Wreck League has players build mechs with NFT parts for their real-time PvP. Each mech is comprised of 10 NFT parts which will change everything from appearance to fighting style, with an alleged “1.5 quadrillion possible combinations of fighters to encounters” — good luck figuring out the meta!

Wreck League will be played in seasons, and seemingly, each season will have a different theme. That is, each season will be in collaboration with an IP or brand. Season 1 will be in collaboration with Yuga Labs, meaning the collections will incorporate Bored Ape Yacht Club, Mutant Ape Yacht Club, Bored Ape Kennel Club, and Kodas. How’s that for a first partnership?

There is a lot to know about Wreck League already — it is a project that has clearly been in the works for some time. One focal point that bodes well for the game is esports. Wreck League will have tournaments, with the first as soon as next month, and then a Champion’s Cup in Q4. For more details on what is shaping up to be one of the leading PvP games in web3, read this Medium announcement by the team.

Robert Baggs
Robert Baggs
Full-time professional crypto writer and Editor of Token Gamer. Co-host of the Mint One Podcast. Obsessed with MMOs. London based. Primary holdings: WAXP, ENJ, & BTC. Secondary holdings: ETH, GALA, & MATIC

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