NFTs in games, or so-called Web3 gaming, is and has been a sore topic for the gaming community. While a new technological era full of new possibilities (and wealth) dawned for some, blockchain gaming means nothing less than the demise of gaming as entertainment products for others. Criticism that games are becoming labor-intensive processes due to the new technology and that “Play 2 Earn” is in the foreground cannot necessarily be dismissed out of hand. Still, the catastrophic effects of blockchain on the environment appear even more severe in this context. After the initial excitement, the hype surrounding NFTs seems to have died down somewhat, which may allow for a new perspective.
Here is where the developers of Mythic Protocol come in. The team consists mainly of former employees of the renowned game studio and publisher Agate from Indonesia, who have now teamed up with their former employer to give NFT gaming a new direction. Because although Mythic Protocol relies on the blockchain, the developers point out that the gameplay will be the focus here.
At its core, Mythic Protocol will be a futuristic action RPG in the style of the genre classic Diablo, just in a sci-fi setting and with blasters instead of axes and bows embedded in a whole new universe. The entire thing will be played online, where we (alone or with friends) slice our way through procedurally-generated dungeons, kill monsters and opponents, and collect loot. And this is where the NFTs come into play, as both weapons and characters will receive new properties through the progress in the game (e.g., killing monsters), which are then stored in the blockchain and should offer a possibility to assign the player’s unique experience to them.
Unlike other blockchain games, the focus in Mythic Protocol will not be on trading the items but on “registering” what was experienced in the game creating a narrative unique to each player.
This sounds exciting, and it is refreshing to see that experienced members of the Indonesian powerhouse are giving new impetus to NFTs in games. The approach of moving away from the monetary aspect and looking back toward the gameplay provides new hope and should also make many more skeptical players curious. Despite everything, many questions remain unanswered. How do the developers balance the grind and the narrative? How will the game be financed, and what role will the NFTs play in this? Is each playthrough as unique as the developers promise? The creators of Mythic Protocol must diligently answer these and other questions if they want to win crypto skeptics over to their game.