The concept of shared digital open worlds combining virtual and augmented reality to provide life-like experiences isn’t anything new. However, over the last few months, combining this with cryptocurrencies seems to have taken a life of its own.
Aside from the educational, recreational, and social aspects of metaverses, their most tremendous appeal is perhaps the economic potential. Because any sphere, whether real or imagined, needs an economy, cryptocurrencies are the most obvious method of achieving this.
Of course, building a cryptocurrency requires blockchain technology. In this regard, we have several prominent names, most notably Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, and Polygon.
Yet, another service that is also quite prevalent in this space is the ‘high-performance blockchain’ known as Solana (SOL), one of the most valuable in its niche.
As with most decentralized application-focused platforms, developers can build tokens for their respective metaverses. So, without further ado, let’s explore the top 5 Solana metaverse projects.
1. Star Atlas
Star Atlas remains Solana’s most prominent gaming and metaverse-based token. This is a sci-fi massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) set in 2620, combining elements of strategy, role-playing, exploration, and flight simulation.
In this expansive, space-themed fictional planet consisting of alien-like androids, three factions battle for territorial superiority. Star Atlas uses Nanite from Unreal Engine, considered next-gen, cinematic graphics technology.
ATLAS is the in-game currency for Star Atlas. With this token, gamers can acquire numerous in-game items, such as equipment, land, and spaceships which they can tokenize into NFTs (non-fungible tokens).
They can then buy and sell these on secondary NFT marketplaces. The other token in Star Atlas is POLIS, used for governance purposes to vote on future changes.
Players can acquire both coins on exchanges like Raydium, FTX, Gate.io, and Kraken.
Aurory isn’t too far off from Star Atlas as Solana’s most prevalent metaverse-based project. This play-to-earn game takes players to Japanese-inspired retro-futuristic universes of biomes known as Antik and Cryptos.
In these worlds, players meet an array of unique non-playable characters and magical creatures dubbed ‘Nefties,’ which they can talk to and accompany on numerous exploration and battling quests to advance the plot.
Unlike Star Atlas, you can play Aurory individually or in multiplayer mode. AURY is the game’s native currency fueling all the transactions of Aurory.
These mainly involve the tokenization of various in-game items like skins, cards, cosmetics, and even ‘defeated opponents,’ which become tradeable NFTs on dedicated marketplaces.
Players can buy AURY on a limited number of exchanges like FTX, KuCoin, Raydium, and Serum, the latter of which even allows players to use their NFTs as collateral for borrowing purposes.
Although Afflarium’s native token, AFFL, is not yet available for purchase like Star Atlas and Aurory, this doesn’t diminish its significance.
Unlike the other projects, Afflarium is playable with an actual VR (virtual reality) headset, providing users with an even more immersive experience than simply playing from their desktops or phones.
Moreover, like Star Atlas, Afflarium uses Unreal Engine 5. At its core, Afflarium is another MMOG consisting of four distinct worlds: the central, battle, arcade, and adventures.
The battle sphere is arguably the most exciting part as gamers fight to earn SOL (Solana’s native cryptocurrency) and USDC (a popular stablecoin).
Afflarium uses three tokens: AFFL, USDC, and SOL. AFFL is the game’s ‘entry ticket’ and is responsible for governance. USDC and SOL are the utility or economy tokens used to pay for various goods such as NFTs and other digital property within the game.
Like Afflarium, Solice is another metaverse explorable with a VR system, describing itself as the ‘first cross-platform VR metaverse’ using Solana. Solice is similar to the likes of Decentraland and The Sandbox in the level of creativity afforded to users without any defined objective or storyline.
In Solice’s open world, players have limitless possibilities in how they play (clearing dungeons, finishing quests, mini-games, etc.) and socialize.
Moreover, they can build and own property/assets (land plots, gemstones, collectibles, etc.) using SLC, the game’s native currency, purchasable on Raydium, Orca, Coinex, LBank, Huobi, and Gate.io.
5. Synergy Land
While not yet a thoroughly developed product, Synergy Land is still quite ambitious. As with Afflarium and Star Atlas, Synergy Land will combine the graphics technology from Unreal Engine 5 and the blockchain innovation of Solana to produce a Diablo-like multiplayer action role-playing game.
The story arc concerns a fantasy world divided into four element-based environments of earth, fire, water, and ice.
Developers of Synergy Land have suggested players will become different heroes in the game, going on many adventures as they fight against an array of powerful creatures using the various elements.
As with any metaverse, NFTs will form a massive part of the game’s ecosystem to provide the community with verifiable ownership of digital assets.
Overall, Solana is perfectly poised to meet the demands of any metaverse. Its blockchain can handle up to 50 000 transactions a second and averages a fee of about $0.00025, making it incredibly scalable.
These two qualities make Solana the ideal destination for game and metaverse developers to build their in-game tokens away from the likes of Ethereum.
Investors will hope mass adoption increases the value of Solana and adds to its growing list of applications ranging from DeFi (decentralized finance) platforms to web 3.0, the latter of which is the foundation for the metaverse.
Things in crypto may seem overwhelming for the average Joe with so many different buzzwords like NFTs and play-to-earn games. Of course, many of these innovations are still technical in their infancy, with much ‘ironing out’ still necessary.
However, the potential new online world we’ll be exposed to is web 3.0, consisting of decentralized applications like VR worlds or metaverses with user-owned economies.
Blockchain providers like Solana will hope to be at the forefront of this conceivable reality.