Digital card battler Gods Without Chainsone of the longest running NFT The games on the market, get a new lease of life in 2023 with many new features planned-and a potentially wider audience thanks to its debut on the Epic Games Store.
Gods Unchained will be available now on the Epic Games Store, developer Immutable Games Studio shared Decrypt. Boasting the popular PC gaming marketplace 230 million total users in Marchwith Epic Games claiming 68 million monthly active users at the time.
The irreplaceable NFT-driven collectible card game thus comes together Epic’s own Fortnite and other big budget games on the market, after being available for many years through the Gods Unchained website. But it will also live with other Web3 games already launched in the Epic Games Store, including Blank Block Party and Grit.
Daniel Paez, executive producer of Gods Unchained, said GG that the launch of the Epic Games Store not only opens up the NFT card game to potentially millions more players, but also gives them a way to experience the game through a familiar interface. Gamers are used to PC gaming hubs like Valve’s Steam, Blizzard’s Battle.net, and Epic’s offering.
“Ever since the game industry moved to integrated platforms,” said Paez, “players feel more comfortable about the game they are participating in. It might meet a quality bar or it might not contain malware—things like that. That is why the feeling of familiarity is very important, especially when we are talking about blockchain games. “
The Epic Games Store version of Gods Unchained will look and feel the same as the version available through the game’s own website, Paez said, highlighting Hearthstone-like gameplay and competition without requiring players to register. then for a wallet or management of crypto assets.
It’s part of what looks to be a significant year of expansion for Gods Unchained, which first launched in 2018 on the Ethereum mainnet and has since migrated to Immutable Xthe studio’s own scaling network that enables cheaper and faster transactions.
“Gods Unchained is a unique breed of a blockchain game,” said Paez, “because it’s still years after launch.”
Paez, who previously worked on Hearthstone at Blizzard Entertainment, said Immutable believes the core Gods Unchained game is solid—but it lacks the extra pieces that make players want to stick around, like more modes and contents.
That’s a big focus this year for Unchangeable, and the roadmap ahead includes such plans as the launch of new game modes in the coming months. Later this year, Immutable will launch a “huge” expansion pack, Paez said, with new cards to shake up existing strategies. The studio also aims to expand the lore around Gods Unchained.
And on top of all that, Gods Unchained is coming to mobile. iOS and Android versions are in the works at partner studio iLogos, and Paez said a Time to test Android earlier this year has generated positive feedback from players over 60,000 game sessions.
Like other NFT game and app developers, Immutable is a must deal with the complexity of app development at a time when Apple and Google manage centralized stores in “walled gardens” for their respective platforms.
Gods Unchained avoids the complications of the tech giants’ individual fees for in-app purchases through a no-in-game NFT mobile market. However, the goal is to play within the rules of each platform and give users an easier way to get into Gods Unchained, with the hope that it will grow the player base in the process.
“They very much hold the reins of what’s going on,” Paez agreed with Apple and Google.
But when Hearthstone expanded from PC to mobile years ago, he said Blizzard saw a huge increase in gaming sessions from PC users who also played on their phones and tablets. And that doesn’t even include players who encountered it for the first time through the App Store or Play Store. He hoped to see the same in the Unchained Gods.
“The more high-quality players in the deal get,” he said, “the better the game does.”