Grit will be the first NFT game to launch on the Epic Games Store

The NFT gaming bubble burst a tiny bit more today when developer Gala Games announced that its free-to-play NFT-enabled Battle Royale game, creak, will launch on the Epic Games Store.

This would make it the first NFT game to debut on Epic’s platform, which seems like a big step forward for the legitimacy of these Web3 efforts. It’s unclear when the game will go live, but you can check out its store page. No offense to Gala Games, but I remain skeptical about the concept, and I’m not the only one to think so.

The reactions to the creak the announcement ranged from apathy to contempt. An early gameplay clip posted to Twitter looked like an actual game developed by people who’ve held a controller at least once – which is more than I can say for popular NFT competitors like Axie: Infinite — but not particularly compelling or innovative. As a rule of thumb, if you want to show off your new shooter, you should probably show real shootouts.

As you can see in the clip below, Gala has apparently decided to go for the “slowly spin around an ugly room” route instead.

When Twitter users pushed back on content creator Brycent’s claim that creak looks “crazy in the membrane”, Brycent replied that Twitter’s video compression destroyed the footage and that she “looks triple-A in person”. Yes, that seems legit.

As I explained in a previous article, while web3 (i.e. blockchain-enabled) games continue to attract massive amounts of funding from investors, the general player base of video games has not yet been convinced of the “play-to-earn” model. While there is surely some sort of future for blockchain games, it’s unlikely they’ll ever reach the heights their proponents envision for them, especially since big gaming platforms like Steam have stated that they would not sell the products.

NFT games will likely have a similar arc to the early days of VR headsets – driven by ecstatic enthusiasts with a little too much in-game skin, but the average gamer will remain skeptical. Especially if the games look like this.

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