Plague Hunters, the blockchain-based video game, has reportedly been approved by Japanese tech giant Sony and it’s coming to the PlayStation 4, a video game console, soon. This is the first Ethereum blockchain-based game that has gone through Sony’s rigid process of approval.
Plague Hunters, the sequel to its forefather, the successful Plague Road, is developed by Arcade Distillery, a New York-based video game maker. Arcade Distillery is expected to release the game in Q1 2019.
The game will use the freemium model, so it will be free to play with a chance for players to purchase in-game items. For this, Plague Hunters will have a built-in peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplace powered by the Ethereum blockchain. Players can use the marketplace to exchange their items with each other with having full ownership of the assets. The in-game assets will be non-fungible tokens, which you may know from CryptoKitties.
Despite that the marketplace will be built on the Ethereum blockchain, Plague Hunter will not feature blockchain-based gameplay. Instead, the gameplay was designed for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch, a gaming console, with Arcade Distillery exploring options to release the game for Xbox One and smartphones.
While the gameplay will be very similar to non-blockchain based games, users in Plague Hunter’s ecosystem will have full ownership of every asset they receive, collect, or buy, as well as the scarcity of the in-game items will have provable scarcity.
Basing a video game on the blockchain is a creative way to introduce new people to cryptocurrencies as well as to attract crypto enthusiasts into blockchain gaming.
But Plague Hunter is not the only blockchain-based game that’s to be released. Earlier in November, the Coinbase-backed card game Gods Unchained released its gameplay trailer. The game - which was inspired by popular titles like Magic: the Gathering and Hearthstone - will also feature blockchain-based assets, but the gameplay will happen on the creator's, Fuel Games’ servers.