VulcanVerse is one of the six games created by the VulcanForged game studio. It is an open-world MMORPG with lore written by fighting fantasy authors. Inside their metaverse, players can own assets as NFTs.
Players can create their own quests and adventures and battle against other Vulcanites. The native token for VulcanVerse, $PYR, is used as a settlement, staking, and gaming token.
A game trailer is available on their youtube channel, and they post regular updates, game trailers, interviews, and AMAs.
They post regular news and progress updates on their website as well. The CEO is Jamie Thompson. The rest of the core team is anonymous, with 45 other employees. Currently, the NFTs and utility tokens are built on top of Ethereum.
They use Polygon as an L2 scaling solution and plan to integrate with Binance Smart Chain. The beta version of the game is already playable. The game is placed in an Ancient Greece timeline. Similarly, quests, characters, purchasable items, and plotlines are centered around this core idea that players live in those times. This is fitting since the game studio is also from Greece.
Land in the Vulcanverse is divided into five areas. There is the central Vulcan City, and then there are four sections:
- Gardens of Arcadia
- Deserts of Notus
- Underworld of Hades
- Mountains of Boreas
The initial land sale was sold out instantly. You can now buy their land plots on their official marketplace for around 500 $PYR tokens, which is about 1500 dollars at current prices. There are 9918 land plots, each of them 20×20 meters. Owning and improving their land parcels enables players to reach a higher rank and gives access to new features, building tools, and Vulcanites. Landowners can level up their land, unlocking new assets, buildings, and characters (Vulcanites) to explore the world.
Each area will grant landowners its unique look, designs, and building materials.
You need to own land, level it up to at least level 2, and stake $PYR in your land to start getting rewarded. Land can be leveled up to level 7 for maximum staking rewards. Once players evolve their land to level 7, they can create their quests on it, adding levels of utility to it and enticing holders to achieve this.
Their metaverse is populated by “Vulcanites” – beasts that live in different land regions within the game. They have different rarity, different attack and defense stats, different abilities, and other attributes. They are, of course, also NFTs.
Each of these creatures belongs to its quadrant. They range from minotaurs to dryads and demons to sabretooth tigers and mammoths. They can be used to battle, find rare and interesting objects and artifacts, practice espionage, and defend a holder’s land plot from opposing Vulcanites.
These NFTs also have an interoperable component to them.
They can be used in other Vulcan Forged ecosystem games and dApps, such as Forge Arena and Berserk.
Vulcanites can be purchased or traded for in the marketplace — on occasion; they can also be won through competitions or quizzes hosted on the Vulcan Forged social media accounts. Two tokens exist in the Vulcan Forged ecosystem, and both play an integral role in the VulcanVerse metaverse. The first and more critical is $PYR, an ERC20 token with Layer 2 scaling solution, Polygon. This one powers the VulcanVerse economy and is used for transactions on their marketplace.
In the crypto gaming bullrun of 2021, it reached an ATH of more than $44. Now it is trading at around $3. This represents a value decrease of more than 90%. PYR allows the users of the VulcanVerse game to earn from their positive efforts within the VulcanVerse ecosystem.
It is used to increase user engagement. Play-to-earn possibilities allow players to stake PYR tokens into various in-game assets.
This process essentially soft-locks the tokens to enhance gameplay functionality and special privileges.
Once a player has earned 10k XP (XP is earned through most in-game actions), their account becomes eligible to earn $LAVA; the Vulcan Forged ecosystems play-to-earn token. Having reached the threshold of 10k XP, all activities that earn XP now also earn $LAVA.
Vulcan Forged is currently on its way to becoming one of the biggest web3 gaming studios. Their ecosystem is growing. Already it consists of a launchpad, six playable games, a marketplace, and its own metaverse. The team is relatively big.
Granted, the graphics for their metaverse is not as polished as some others, and the team even addressed this in some of their AMA’s, saying that at the current stage, people love the idea of owning their own items way more than the visual appeal of them. This could certainly be the case. If we look at (Oldschool) Runescape – one of the oldest, most successful, and still, to this day, most played MMORPGs, its graphics are terrible compared to today’s standards, but the game has a live economy that is flourishing, and enjoyable.
There currently isn’t a fun, functioning, and rewarding MMORPG in the crypto gaming industry. Vulcanverse seems to be on the right track to fill this void, focusing on deep and meaningful lore and engaging, exciting gameplay.