If you think that technological developments over the last decade or so have catapulted character creator games to ever-dizzying heights, you would pretty much be spitting facts and could not be argued with. From the most basic of RPG Character-creator seedlings back in the day, 2020 now has games like Cyberpunk 2077 where you can choose your character’s voice and customise to the content-est of hearts (provided that heart wants to be able to do things as detailed as increase your avatar’s breast and/or package size). Surely it just doesn’t get any better, right?
Wrong. Technology isn’t anywhere near being done with acting as the engine of our greatest gaming desires, though; Blockchain technology in particular is willing to be the finest engine one can imagine, and is inviting character-creator fans to hop in and enjoy the sweet, sweet ride. Blockchain technology has an incredible amount of potential for gaming, and will allow both developers and players to push the boundaries of innovation and enjoyment.
If you thought that blockchain technology couldn’t be an integral part of future character creator games, you would be sorely mistaken, too. These 3D Blockchain character creator games are exciting examples (and indeed proof) of how blockchain technology will allow players to enjoy, and more importantly, own the characters, content, and progress they make within their games. These are some of the most exciting Character creator games that either currently or will imminently be making waves on the 3D Blockchain scene for character creating.
Though Somnium may sound more like a recently-discovered element that now sits in the periodic table, but it is in fact one of the most exciting examples of games development that harnesses the power of blockchain to create a robust and rewarding MMO RPG experience with character creation a central pillar of the experience.
Somnium Space is in fact an entire virtual-reality world in which the RPG and character-creation elements of the game unfold. The world is a persistent one, being the same framework of environment for all players to explore and enjoy. Players are able to purchase land, and more importantly, build and bring in your own avatars, with high levels of customisation to be found within the game. Perhaps (read: definitely) more importantly, players can monetise their efforts by selling their imports and/or creations!
Somnium World is an intriguing place, too, with the main driving force behind the central concept being the ability to purchase and own land within the persistent VR world of the game. Players can buy small, medium, or large blocks of land, as well as add size to their chunks by purchasing more or even combining their ready-owned land into larger piece.
On this land you are able to get customising to your heart’s content, too. The central idea is that you are able to create assets from scratch, import them yourself, or purchase them and tweak them as you see fit. You can create your own building, for instance, or buy pre-erected models from the store and have a ready-made framework to build from – it’s entirely up to the player. Furthermore, you can enjoy your land and creations from any VR Headset since it’s a cross-platform experience.
The blockchain integration is also an integral part of the experience, and is what drives it as well as providing proof of the value of in-game assets. The blockchain technology is used, among other things, to prove ownership of the digital goods, the land, avatars, and other digital goods. Monetisation here is then possible since you get to host your own assets store on the land that you own. You can even keep track of your monetisation success, too, as Somnium gives you the ability to use a VR advertisement plugin that can analyse other users’ gazes, their engagement with your offerings, and also conversion rates. All this is pinned to a currency on a virtual blockchain – this currency is known as the Somnium Cube.
When the word Sandbox is the very name of the game to which the very same title applies, you just know you are in for one hell of a customisable experience. There are many games out there that involve exploring a so-called “Sandbox” world where you complete missions or tasks that by using items within the environment and even elements of the environment itself to complete missions, or even to simply play around and see what you can come up with. The functionality, even in many RPG or adventure/action/shooting sandbox games is somewhat limited, though. Well, it is when you compare it to Sandbox, a game whose purpose is literally to allow you to construct everything from the ground up.
While some blockchain games may utilise blockchain technology as a peripheral feature to facilitate some trading or purchasing of in-game items, The Sandbox is an entire virtual world that’s built on to Ethereum’s blockchain. The basic idea is that players, using proprietary software called VoxEdit, are able to create their own in-game assets/items out of Voxels (effectively a pixel’s more useful cuboid counterpart). Using Voxedit, players aren’t just creating assets or in-game characters from presets and tweaking them after the fact: they are literally using software that allows players to build their own items/assets/everything else from individual voxels and integrate them seamlessly into the game.
The blockchain aspect of this game is where it really stands out since it is integral not only to the functionality of the game but also the enjoyment of the experience. Blockchain allows Sandbox to go a few steps beyond games like Minecraft, allowing players not only to create in-game assets from scratch but also to monetize the assets, with players being able to sell their creations in the Sandbox marketplace. Blockchain allows players to buy and sell these items, monetising their creations and also proving ownership of all the items since Ethereum’s blockchain effectively acts as a ledger for these transactions. The game brilliantly uses the power of NFTS (non-fungible tokens), letting players prove ownership of their uniquely-created or recently-purchased creations using this technology.
Furthermore, the Sanbox Ecosystem is given further weight in the form of the ERC-20 token SAND, which exists as a standalone cryptocurrency that can be used to facilitate all transactions within the game. LAND is the form of digital real estate in the Sanbox Metaverse, and ASSETS are tokens created by players who build their own content for the game, using the ERDC-1155 standard.
To put it mildly, Sandbox is a game that will offer virtually limitless possibilities for customisation to players from around the world. Creation of assets, levels, and games themselves is facilitated by the game’s software and blockchain technology, while ASSET creation, selling, and buying is facilitated by the blockchain technology. A truly impressive feat from what has the potential to be one of the best item, level, asset, and character creation blockchain games in history.
Now here’s one for the Minecraft fans (woo, finally). Ethverse is an ambitious project built on top of the Minecraft engine. Much like the blockchain technology that allows the propagation of this setup to millions across the world, Ethverse exists as a decentralised universe that allows full ownership and control of players’ assets, as well as extending functionality into the cryptocurrency economy itself.
The more ambitious part of the project is that the Ethverse facilitates, among other things, the use of Defi banking as well as the purchase and sale of land and tokenised assets. The world is made up of land parcels, on whjch users can build… well.. absolutely anything they want. Such is the scope of the character and avatar creation here, players are really only limited by their own imagination. Oh, and the amount of land you own. To build things, create characters, and birth assets out of thin air, you must at least own the land that you are building on, or otherwise you must seek permission from those that do own the particular set of land parcels that make up the land you’re trying to build on.
Blockchain technology underpins the land-parcel system of Ethverse, with citizens who purchase land in the Ethverse owning the title to said land, which is registered on the blockchain. Land can be rented out to other players, transferred for no monetary gain, or straight-up sold. The Ethverse currency is already out there, and the character creation possibilities here are limited to what your brain can come up with to build. This is like Minecraft that’s been drizzled atop a delicious blockchain foundation – what’s not to love?
Blankos Block Party
Gone are the golden days of getting turnt up and spending between 6 to 28 consecutive hours on the Gameboy Advance collecting Pokemon and exploring the various regions of Kanto. However, if the thought of collecting, customising, and owning some very well-designed miniature virtual vinyl characters with an utterly unique 3D design, then you probably wouldn’t mind it if Blankos Block Party came a-knocking at your door.
These miniature, 3D, collectible, and customisable virtual-vinyl characters are called Blankos, they exist within a world called “The Junction” created by developers Mythical Games, and the Blankos are as highly customisable as the levels in which you are able to guide them through as you both develop and play in various levels with/against other players. There’s a few currencies to consider here too, including a hard-currency in the form of Blanko Bucks (which can currently only be acquired by purchasing packages while the game it in its Private Beta testing), and a soft currency that can be earned in the game (Moola). You can purchase Moola with real-life money or
The level editor is a powerful tool, but the concept of the game generally is also one that is more powerful and exciting than can be properly explained in fewer than a few thousand words. As a player, you are able to design your own levels, collect and own various Blankos, kit them out with a variety of custom items, and play against other players’ Blankos in a fun, 3D world with a unique visual style and wonderfully playful uber-neon colour scheme.
The blockchain element of this game will be focused on the Blankos collecting and trading aspects of the game. It seems likely that the developers are counting on blockchains’ ability to provide technology such as Non-fungible transactions, or NFTs, that will record in public blockchain ledger the fact that people have traded/purchased a specific Blanko, and will also be able to sell this Blanko for someone else to own in the future.
Effectively, players are going to spend a lot of time creating their own levels/mini-games, playing them, and also collecting/customising their Blanko to use in the game or to sell within the game, using blockchain technology as proof of transaction. It’s all very exciting, I know, but this fun, and dare I say whimsical use of Blockchain technology is a fascinating example of technological innovation informing character-creating/customisation elements in modern games.