Missed a session of GamesBeat Summit 2022? All sessions are now available to stream. Watch now.
Making blockchain games work together and share gameplay across two different networks is one of the ambitions for the larger metaverse. So it’s interesting to see two companies doing that today through two blockchain networks.
The Web3 games Million on Mars and sunflower country, two growing homemade crafting games, create a unique cross-chain, cross-universe, crossover event. The collaboration between Million on Mars and Sunflower Land, built on the Wax and Polygon blockchains respectively, will be one of the first Web3 experiences to enable coherent gameplay across two different networks.
This means that the two Web3 games build true interoperability between them and fulfill one of the core promises of Web3 technology. Players of both games can embark on quests and experiences in one game and finish in the other, unlocking exciting in-game tools, prizes, recipes, and surprises in both games.
Million on Mars is a web-based and mobile-friendly Wax blockchain game. Players can purchase unique plots on the red planet to settle on Mars. In the game, players can take a slew of actions, including buying and depositing buildings and resources for building and renting out buildings to other players – all on real-world plots drawn from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) data. data.
Players earn Dusk Tokens as they buy and sell goods and services in a fully player-driven economy. Million on Mars has seen exponential growth on Wax since its debut in Q4 2021.
After launching in early 2022, Sunflower Land grew to become the 8th most popular blockchain game by number of users, with a player base climbing 60,000% in the first four months of its release. Players must plant, harvest, collect and farm resources to manage and grow their farmland and earn SFL tokens.
Interoperability is an important part of the Web3 revolution which aims to create an interconnected internet where different apps, games and websites are all compatible with each other. The move from Web2 to Web3 allows users who are currently siloed on exclusive platforms that can travel seamlessly across the length and breadth of the internet.
“We are really interested in creating experiences with other products and games in the web3 space, especially if they are on other blockchains, because it lays the foundation for interoperability between experiences,” said Adam Hannigan, CEO of Sunflower Land, in a statement. “As a web3 project, what we’re doing with this crossover is really the first of its kind and a real differentiator.”
The gaming sector of the decentralized financial space (DeFi) has emerged as one of the key drivers of interoperability as gamers want to carry their gaming experiences and items with them across platforms.
“There is a very strong community of smart, ambitious and hardworking people in the web3 space,” Erik Bethke, chief creative officer of Million on Mars, said in a statement. “It’s exciting to collaborate on blockchains with a fantastic open source team like Sunflower Land, who also built a really fun and beautiful game.”
The Sunflower Land and Million On Mars Crossover event will run for 30 days beginning May 24. At the end of the event, interoperability for both games will remain. Both companies have said they are excited to see how the player community receives this event, and plan to build more crossover events in the future.
The GamesBeat credo when talking about the game industry, is ‘where passion and business meet’. What does this mean? We want to tell you how important news is to you — not just as a decision maker in a game studio, but also as a game fan. Whether you’re reading our articles, listening to our podcasts, or watching our videos, GamesBeat helps you learn and have fun with the industry. Learn more about membership.