Upcoming space-themed Web3 game Star Atlas launched on September 30, 2022, its first playable demo on popular video gaming storefront Epic Games Store. The project was released as part of a live-streamed event.
Dubbed “Star Atlas: Showroom,” the pre-Alpha demonstrated the capabilities of Epic Games’ computer graphics engine Unreal Engine 5. The demo allowed holders of Star Atlas Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) to experience the game’s 3D environment, while giving them a sneak peak of the spacecraft and vehicles that they have acquired.
“We’re really excited to finally be able to give users a taste of the Star Atlas metaverse and start to bring this immersive world to life. We’re also extremely honored to be the first triple-A quality blockchain game available on the Epic Games Store. We can’t wait to see Web3 gaming become mainstream,” Star Atlas Co-Founder and ATMTA (the game’s developer) CEO Michael Wagner stated.
Access to the demo is limited to players who have obtained the NFTs during the sale period. Ship owners and faction members are eligible to receive an access key to the game. The team aims to expand the Showroom demo sometime in Q4 with more features such as chat and multiplayer capabilities. Additionally, the expansion will offer NFT holders the chance to utilize their ships for exploration in the Star Atlas metaverse.
About Star Atlas
Star Atlas is an upcoming futuristic space sci-fi game under development by Automata (ATMTA). Built on the Solana blockchain, the project combines elements of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) and Decentralized Finance (DeFi).
Basically, the game features three factions battling for dominance. The three groups in Star Atlas are: humans, aliens, and sentient androids. The game allows players to gather resources, conquer other domains, while establishing political supremacy. Other game mechanics include space exploration, controlling territories, and mining operations.
The game utilizes the tokens $POLIS and $ATLAS.
$POLIS is a governance token that holders can use to vote in the ecosystem’s Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO). The POLIS DAO is in charge of minting, distribution, and redistribution of $ATLAS tokens in the treasury.
The token has a fixed supply of 360,000,000. As of this writing, $POLIS is trading at $0.3579, with a $7,729,647 market cap, and a 24-hour volume of $579,107 (per CoinMarketCap).
$ATLAS is Star Atlas’ primary medium of exchange. The token is inflationary and will match the growth of the in-game economy. Essentially, $ATLAS will serve as rewards for most in-game activities.
$ATLAS has a total supply of 36,000,000. As of this writing, $ATLAS is trading at $0.004494, with a $9,706,730 market cap, and 24-hour volume of $1,663,189 (per CoinMarketCap).
About Epic Games Store
Launched in December 2018, Epic Games Store is a digital video game storefront operated by prominent game and software developer Epic Games. The company became involved in the distribution market following the success of its battle royale title Fortnite.
Prior to Star Atlas’ listing, Epic Games has already been ramping up efforts to support a number of Web3 projects.
On September 16, 2022, the Store listed its first NFT game Blankos Block Party, an open-world multiplayer project developed by studios Mythical Games and Third Kind Games. Furthermore, Epic Games joined other investors on September 23, to complete tech startup Hadean’s $30 million fundraising round. The recipient will use the capital to build their own metaverse infrastructure.