GameFi is the merging of gaming and decentralized finance, where gamers can play their favourite crypto games and be rewarded for it. Often referred to as ‘Play-to-Earn’ (P2E), GameFi encompasses the entirety of the crypto gaming genre, from games like StepN with Move-to-Earn to Mirandus, drifting away from traditional P2E into ‘Play-and-Earn’.
A constant debate wages about whether earning potential benefits the gaming scene or if it’s steering games and their developers in the wrong direction, driven by profit. With that in mind, here are three of the most promising GameFi Play-and-Earn projects to look out for in 2022.
First up on our list for promising GameFi projects in 2022 is KLAYMETA, mixing Play-to-Earn, MMORPG and auto-battler features, creating a unique crypto gaming experience. Made by Natris, the same creators of Hero Blaze and many other popular GameFi projects in Korea, KLAYMETA is looking to take on the global market.
Before they move to BSC, KLAYMETA is currently within the Klaytn ecosystem, a massive hub for different gaming platforms where users can easily trade, buy or sell other game assets. One game asset sought after in KLAYMETA is Avatars, the game’s backbone.
Each their own NFT on-chain, KLAYMETA Avatars come in thousands of different variations, depending on the class, elements and visuals attached to them. Each avatar can be one of five distinct classes:
Inspired by more traditional games, such as Diablo, KLAYMETA is implementing time-tested features into their game with a GameFi twist. One such element is their heavy focus on progression through Fusion, where players see their favourite Avatar evolve in front of their eyes as they play alongside it.
Fusion is an essential progression feature embedded into the core of its gameplay. Humans are naturally drawn toward progression, and that’s precisely what Fusion provides. Doubling as a deflationary mechanism, players buy new Avatars from the marketplace and Fuze them with their base character as the sacrificial avatar gets burnt.
Features like Fusion aid players take on the challenging META Quest, their main piece of content before adventure mode and skills are released. There, players summon their Avatars into battle and collect $META through workers, which are infinitely loyal when paid in META, the game’s native token.
Overall, KLAYMETA is looking to make waves in 2022 as a promising GameFi project, taking its traditionally inspired features into the crypto-gaming sphere.
Moving away from traditional battling, DoRac, a metaverse space Play-and-Earn game, is all about breeding, training and racing greyhound NFTs to victory. Equipped with smart NFTs, allowing each dog’s characteristics to dynamically change on-chain, DoRac aims to compete with the market’s best racing games, such as DeRace.
Looking to launch by the end of the year, DoRac is much more than many may suspect from a crypto racing game. Not only is an MMORPG game mode planned for release early next year, but they have also carefully studied previous blockers from other breeding games, such as Axie Infinity and placed several deflationary mechanisms in place to ensure their decentralized economy, made up of $DORC and $DRT is here to stay for the long run.
In-game, players will be able to race six different breeds with unique characteristics such as luck, power and endurance. Races will be held consistently throughout the DoRac metaverse with two distinct race types:
$DRT Races: Only dogs of the same breed can compete against each other
$DORC Races: Any tier or breed can join the race
Amongst the daily races will be tournaments and championships, held to prove the best racer around. Winners of championships will be broadcasted throughout the metaverse for all to see; ultimate bragging rights. If you’re looking for a long-term racing game to commit to, DoRac might just be your gem.
Continuing with the MMORPG theme is Mirandus, an up-and-coming game in the GameFi scene created by GoGalaGames. Known for its free-roam elements, Mirandus is unlike many other games within crypto-gaming, as it offers complete freedom to its player base. Mirandus is another game realizing the faults of Play-to-Earn, focusing on Play-and-Earn instead.
Players roam the world as Avatars. With absolute freedom of choice, there are no specific storylines or quests to complete. In-game asset ownership, powered by blockchain technology, sits as a core principle of Mirandus. They want to give their player base ultimate freedom and ultimate ownership over their gaming experience.
Players can own:
- Deeds to land
- Ownership over parts of the wilderness and the subsequent resources
- Their own towns and cities
Almost anything is available to buy or sell via the marketplace.
The reward for roaming the dangerous world of Mirandus is Materium, a strange and magical substance found in all shapes and sizes. Materium can increase an avatar’s abilities, cast spells and even bring the dead back to life. As players gather more Materium, its use cases begin to expand, being used in crafting and even teleportation around the world.
Ultimately, Mirandus is a project focused on the game, not on the earn, with elements of Minecraft, Skyrim, Terreria and many others all rolled into one. An entirely player-owned world, from resources to land, stays in line with crypto gamers’ wants and needs without sacrificing gameplay. Check out their website and Twitter to learn more about this promising GameFi project.
There are hundreds of other upcoming GameFi projects in this exciting new space, so narrowing it down to only three was incredibly hard! However, Klaymeta, DoRac and Mirandus are all games we believe to be extremely promising for the year ahead.