Sony announced the release of a new PlayStation 4 game with a blockchain-based marketplace system. “Plague Hunters” will be the first Ethereum-based game on the console. Sony audited Plague Hunters through their rigorous review process, giving the game the green light to ensure an official release.
While it’s not clear how many of the elements of the game made it through the approval process, the creative director of Plague Hunter’s development company Arcade Distillery Luc Bernard told Blockchain Gamer that “there are some of the things we do that console companies will like”.
The interest of the video game industry in blockchain technology continues strong. With the news of the approval of a blockchain-based game developed on the basis of the Ethereum Blockchain, this interest could continue to rise.
Plague Hunter: Ethereum based Videogame
Plague Hunters is a game that has undergone the official Sony review process and has been duly released. This means that the way to an official publication is free. The game is the continuation of an earlier title, Plague Road.
Plague Hunters is a turn-based role-playing game developed for single players. It offers players the ability to collect and improve characters, the Hunters. It also gives the ability to trade them through a blockchain-based marketplace that will be accessible across platforms and by all players.
According to the publisher, Arcade Distillery, players will have full ownership of all the game elements they play with. Bernard said:
“Users have full ownership of all assets (or “hunters”) purchased in the game, and Ethereum’s blockchain allows them to trade assets with other users to create a blockchain-based marketplace system. CryptoKitties has demonstrated the power of NFTs, but there is little use in browser games. But getting the blockchain to the console audience is the catalyst.”
Below you can see the official trailer for the game:
Plague Hunters will be free, but additional assets and upgrades will cost money. The release of the game is scheduled for the first three months of 2019, as well as versions for the Nintendo Switch and PC.
Although the current plan is to use the Ethereum Blockchain together with a Sidechain, other options are being explored. This decision could also influence the long-term financing of the project.
“We’re investigating a token sale that could be for a utility token or a security token because of the license element.”
Glennon said that this will likely depend on the regulatory environment. In the meantime, Arcade Distillery is pursuing a private fundraiser.