Cryptocurrency-based gaming is here, while Gods Unchained, an upcoming blockchain-based card game, released its first gameplay trailer. The fantasy-themed trading card game, which draws inspiration from Magic: the Gathering and Hearthstone, operates with ethereum blockchain to house cards in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
Fuel Games, the Sydney-based startup behind Gods Unchained, managed to persuade and win over the market despite the tough conditions crypto companies face. It sold a single card – named the Mythic Hyperion – for 146 ether, which CoinDesk notes was worth over $60,000 at the time.
The sale was close to hitting the record auction price for a trading card, set at $87,000 by a rare Magic card just days beforehand. In total, Fuel sold roughly 1.6 million cards, bringing in $2.8 million, according to Fuel Games co-founder and CEO James Ferguson.
“When we set out to build Gods Unchained, we really wanted to deliver the quality you would expect from triple-A publishers,” Ferguson told CoinDesk.
Gods Unchained is now ready to enter closed beta, which allows the company to “stress test” the game with players who have purchased cards. An open beta period of around three months will come next, followed by full launch.
Wondering how to get your first taste of the Gods Unchained beta? For those of you who have purchased packs and would like to get onto the waitlist, here’s how:
Step 1: Create an Apollo Account
In order to enter the waitlist, you must first create an Apollo account, download the game and then link your Ethereum addresses. To create an account, go to https://apollo.gg
Step 2: Link your address
After verifying your email, you will be prompted to link an Ethereum address. By doing so, you can connect multiple addresses to your Apollo account, and even enables you to play the game on a variety of devices without requiring wallet access. After clicking “Link Account,” open Metamask or your other Web3 wallet and sign the pending message.
Step 3: Download the launcher
You are almost finished! Once you’ve linked your address(es), download the launcher from the Apollo website and install it onto your device. After launching Apollo and signing in, the game will be in a “locked” state until Fuel Games grants access to the beta, which you will be notified of via email.