Fortnite creator Epic Games listed the first Non-Fungible Token (NFT) game on its own marketplace on September 16, 2022. The open-world multiplayer game, titled “Blankos Block Party,” is now live on the Epic Games Store
“Hey Party-Goers! We have some exciting news today! Blankos Block Party is now live at the Epic Games Store! With this huge step, we’re growing our reach to more and more players every day! Thank you for your continued support of Blankos Block Party in Early Access,” Blankos developer Mythical Games announced.
According to reports, the Blankos Block Party version launched on the Epic Games Store and the one on the game’s website are similar in most aspects. Both are currently in its early access phase, with the full game and additional content set for release on various platforms on September 28, 2022. This is another example of traditional Web2 gaming studios entering Web3 gaming.
About Epic Games
Epic Games is a video game and software developer/publisher founded by programmer and businessman Tim Sweeney in 1991. The company started out under the name “Potomac Computer Systems,” eventually changing it to “Epic MegaGames” the following year.
Epic Games made a mark on the gaming industry with its development of Unreal Engine, a 3D computer graphics game engine. First showcased in the 1998 First-Person Shooter (FPS) game Unreal, Unreal Engine’s tools became a standard in the gaming, film, and TV industry. In 2014, the Guinness World Records named Unreal Engine the “most successful video game engine.”
With the success of its engine, Epic Games also flourished as a game studio with their internally produced titles. Today, the company is also best-known for popular games such as Fortnite, Gears of War, and the Infinity Blade series.
In December 2018, the company opened the Epic Games Store, a digital video game storefront for Microsoft Windows and macOS. The store went on to reach over 194 million users in 2021, a 34 million increase from the pandemic-riddled 2020.
In early June, 2022, Web3-focused game developer Gala Games announced plans to publish blockchain games on the Epic Games Store. Gala’s battle royale game GRIT became the company’s first title on Epic’s marketplace.
About Blankos Block Party
Released in December 2020, Blankos Block Party is developed by Third Kind Games, and published by Mythical Games Inc.
Blankos was initially launched as a tech demo that Mythical’s developers used to demonstrate their NFT marketplace. Eventually, the project evolved into an ecosystem with digital collectibles and minigames called “Block Parties.”
The platform leverages blockchain technology and employs a Free-to-Play model. Along with true ownership of all in-game assets, Blankos also allows players to build game worlds without the need for coding skills.
“What NFTs allow us to do is to bring the player into the economy so they can participate in the value that they bring to the game,” Mythical Games co-founder Rudy Koch said in an interview. “Through the items that they earn, through the levels that they build, through the customizations that they make, they own the NFTs.”
Blankos Block Party runs on Mythical Games’ own Mythical Platform. The ecosystem is built on the EOS.IO blockchain protocol and connects to the Ethereum network using a bridge.
One of the highlights of Blankos Block Party is the Mythical Marketplace where players can acquire NFTs called “Blankos.” The store features countless characters created by artists such as Michael Lau, I Like You You’re Weird (ILYYW), and Riiisa Boogie, to name a few. The marketplace also sells accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, and armors, among others.
Players can purchase an early access “King Karat” ape NFT for as low as $4.20 (59,373/59,373 NFTs minted). On the other hand, a pre-Alpha “Billy Six Bones” Blankos NFT (13/18 minted) is listed at $5,000,000 (per Mythical Marketplace).