Star Atlas is arguably the most ambitious gaming and metaverse project in the world! Its team and community are building a Triple A (AAA) game that merges the real world with the digital world through the vast benefits of blockchain technology. Its development couldn’t have come at a better time seeing how the global landscape is changing, creating an environment that embraces digitization and immersive technologies.
These past two years have been somewhat of a curve ball for global civilization. Never would we have expected to deal with so many disruptions to the way we live our lives and in such a short span of time. But if anything positive has come out of these last few years it is that we’ve been reminded of how connected the world and its population really is.
When Covid-19 rapidly turned into a pandemic, nearly all leading nations imposed restrictions on traveling as they announced nationwide lockdowns. Recently, when the war broke out between Ukraine and Russia, the entire world experienced a sharp rise in the prices of goods and services.
In both cases, many people were left displaced as they couldn’t go about their day-to-day lives. This means there were people all over the world who could no longer attend school, or go to work, or partake in their preferred recreational activities.
Unsurprisingly, this has also been a period where we’ve seen a rise in the use of immersive technologies. More people started working, studying, and shopping from the comfort of their homes. You might remember stories of how the lockdowns helped companies such as the online video conferencing giant, Zoom, rise to the top; by going from 10 million to 200 million users in just 3 months.
Meanwhile, Facebook, the 6th largest company in the world by market cap at the time, was changing its name to Meta, in reference to the metaverse. A move that signaled Facebook’s anticipation of a further rise in the use of immersive technologies in the coming years.
A statistics report published by PwC in 2019 is estimating that by 2030, VR and AR will add $1.5 Trillion to the global GDP. That is roughly 1.5% of all of the world nations’ GDPs today. In reality, these estimates are likely to be much higher considering that the report was published a year before these technologies really took off in 2020. Also, these numbers discount the metaverse, which is a digital construct that these technologies (VR & AR) would be used for.
Star Atlas is a game that’s building what could be considered as the blueprints for the metaverse. It is a game built on the blockchain and will integrate VR and AR features. But more than that, it is a game that’s building the future of how people will work, earn, play, and live in the future. It will do this by integrating all of these different immersive technologies to create an environment for anyone to interact with.
Imagine, hundreds of businesses setting up their store fronts within Star Atlas – enabling players to do their shopping in-game. As an iteration of the metaverse itself, this is what Star Atlas is fixing to become; the biggest and most popular entry point to the metaverse. If it achieves its milestones, the Star Atlas game could be the product that popularizes play-to-earn gaming to the mainstream consumer and, in the process, creating work or earning opportunities for millions of people around the world.
For all the reasons above, Star Atlas would be the ideal product that the world has lacked in these last few years. Unlike Zoom, or other online applications that enable you to work from home, within Star Atlas people will truly have an alternate reality in the digital world. For the first time in human history people will have the option of doing most of their activities such as work, play, shop, or other recreational activities, entirely in a single self-sustained digital reality. WIth that choice then being: whether you prefer doing these things in the real world or the digital one.
Since 2020 we’ve seen the massive growth of market sectors such as play-to-earn gaming, move-to-earn apps, NFTs, and DeFi. Also we witnessed the market cap of cryptocurrencies go from $200 billion to $3 trillion in less than two years. Star Atlas is set to capitalize on this market as it is poised to be the first to integrate all of the sectors that make up the cryptocurrency market. Also, doing it in such a high quality (graphics, gameplay, economy, etc.) that it’ll even rival games and other apps that are popular in the real world today.
Star Atlas’ goals are so ambitious and its vision so grand that it’ll take at least the next five to ten years to complete the product. Which seems like a small time to wait for what could possibly become the world’s most highly rated online game. Yes, something like this has never been done before, and yes this is practically an experiment. However, this has been tried before and to varying degrees of success.
Most that have tried to build a grand game like this one were not building it on the blockchain, which is a vital piece of technology for something like. Other games built on the blockchain, such as Axie Infinity, that managed to achieve great success on this quest, are failing to make it into the mainstream because they lack a well-rounded product. It’s either their economies were not sustainable, the tech they built on could keep up at scale, or their gameplay has not been interesting enough to keep players engaged for long.
Star Atlas hopes to overcome those challenges; first by building it on one of the industries most performant and highly scalable blockchain, secondly, by creating a self-sustaining economy for the long term, and lastly, having a gameplay that’s as vocational and diverse as the world we’re living in. These are just some of the characteristics that Star Atlas is implementing to ensure that people have a game they can relate to in consideration to their unique skill sets and ambitions.
Should the team behind Star Atlas fail to deliver on their vision then the next project, along with its team, will learn from their mistakes and hopefully build a successful product from it. But if the Star Atlas team manages to pull this off, then the world will chart a new course in how it interacts with the digital realm. It is a big team, an experienced team that’s behind Star Atlas, and I have faith that they can overcome any challenges they come across on the way to seeing their vision come to light.
With a strong community behind them and funding mechanisms that’ll carry them through the entire development phases of the project; the only limits are those far beyond the Stars.
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