Scifi writer Liu Cixin said that there are two roads ahead of us human beings: one outward which leads to the starry sea, and the other inward that leads to virtual reality. While at the same time, internet giants such as Facebook, Tencent and Bytedance are actively making plans for the metaverse; people are looking for an internal path that may change the environment of human life.
At present, NFT game is the most applied scenario of the metaverse concept. Essentially, NFT is a paradigm allowing the transfer from physical world to virtual world, which is the key to metaverse for users. Therefore, it can be said that NFT is an important carrier of metaverse assets. In the game, props can interact with each other and users can possess various assets such as land, houses and props in the metaverse through NFT, and complete transactions easily. The business model of Play to Earn (P2E), when combined with NFT, enables diversified gameplays and investment.
The development of NFT games has gone through three main stages so far.
The first stage of NFT games is mainly based on digital collectibles. CryptoKitties is the first NFT game built on Ethereum. It mainly revolves around collectibles and allows users to cultivate kitties with unique qualities through different combinations of two crypto cat parents. However, due to the lack of a proper game economic mechanism, NFT games of this stage only could provide passive experience where players could only make profits when buying and selling. This limitation could easily make the game tedious, resulting in a lack of long-term engagement among players, as evidenced by the decline of CryptoKitties.
Currently, the mainstream NFT games that fall into the second phase focus on increasing players’ long-term engagement through the in-game digital economy, especifically with the help of Play to Earn (P2E). The P2E model enables players to earn income in the form of in-game token rewards that can be used both in the game, traded on public exchanges, and swapped for fiat currency.
The innovative P2E model has greatly motivated players, expanded the market of NFT games, and brought more ordinary users into the cryptocurrency ecosystem. For instance, during the epidemic, Filipinos who were quarantined at home earned their living expenses through Axie Infinity, which indicates that games have become a part of personal life.
Although the current phase 2 NFT game has improved in terms of playability, a lot still can be done to improve user experience, game design and game graphics. There is still a long way to go before it can build a metaverse providing players with such services as entertainment, transaction, creativity and socialization.
Terra Nulla represents the third stage of NFT game. Compared with the first two stages, it has better game experience, more sophisticated tokenomics and better game mechanics design. It can be expected that Terra Nulla will be the first stop for players to explore the metaverse experience.
The core appeal of NFT games is its P2E model. Terra Nulla’s P2E is more diverse in its gameplay, as characters can be traded as NFT assets, and each character has different abilities and characteristics.
The land in Terra Nulla is also an NFT asset. Players can open mystery boxes to get different levels of land. High-level land can let players to get a lot of revenue in the secondary market; players can also recruit miners to mine after getting land, and receive revenue through in the form of commission. In addition, Terra Nulla also allows the most basic single-player mining game. Overall, its diverse P2E gameplays not only enriche players’ experience, but also satisfy different their interests.
Although P2E mode as the core of current GameFi can attract the attention of a huge user group, Terra Nulla, as the first stop of the metaverse, set a higher vision.
Through blockchain, AR and VR technologies, Terra Nulla is bridging the virtual world and the real world based on the technical architecture provided by MPC. In the metaverse built by Terra Nulla, players will enjoy a more realistic and exciting social experience than in reality. The traditional social model will be replaced by high-lelve of interactions and high-level participation that overcome the barriers of physical space.
Terra Nulla is not only a game but also become part of our life. You can participate in this virtual universe parallel to the real world anytime and anywhere. For example, mining for money in Terra Nulla will be considered a reasonable job that can meet your life needs as devent as in the real world. Besides, as Terra Nulla universe keeps growing, there will be many new jobs, giving players the chance to work, invest, rent and buy and sell just like in the real world.
In addition, because there are no centralized servers, this universe will never pause or close, but will always exist and be open to all players. Terra Nulla will continue indefinitely, and the spaces, communities and organizations in the game will continue to evolve, saving players the worriness about the system crashing.
The metaverse built by Terra Nulla allows entertainment, transaction, creativity and socialization, presenting a prosperous virtual world for users to build together. The various Play to Earn modes can prompt more players to participate in building their virtual worlds and achieve diversification of play and investment; at the same time, the high degree of interoperability can help attract more high-quality NFT projects to the Terra Nulla metaverse, enriching the entire metaverse ecology and making it an important driver of the new wave of metaverse.