In the “early access” section of the Epic Games Store, a new crypto-based game in the style of Call of Duty called Shrapnel has been listed.
Epic Games and the launch of the new crypto game in Call of Duty style, called Shrapnel
A new Call of Duty-style game has just been added to the list of new games coming to the Epic Games store. It’s called Shrapnel, and it’s a crypto blockchain-based game, classified in the Epic Games Store under the “early access gameplay” section.
In this section, usually, the first releases of high-profile games end up. Epic Games, the infamous developer of Fortnite, offers these companies the opportunity to release a version that allows them to create a community around the title. After that, the same game, like Sharpnel, will be able to continue developing and modifying the gaming experience.
Shrapnel will therefore compete with other crypto games like “Illuvium” and “Star Atlas”, also available on the online game store, which currently has over 230 million PC players.
Epic Games and Sharpel: the new crypto game in Call of Duty style could soon become mainstream
Due to the substantial user base of Epic Games, being able to launch on this store could become a milestone for new crypto games to quickly become mainstream.
In general, the new crypto game in Call of Duty style, Sharpnel, seems to be set in a dystopian world. Neon Machine, the studio behind the project, has defined it as a “AAA first-person extraction shooter”.
Not only that, on Sharpnel, players will be able to customize every aspect of the game, from characters and weapons to maps. At the moment, it seems that the new crypto game is involving its community in every phase of development until the launch of its free-to-play game in 2025.
In this regard, Mark Long, CEO of Shrapnel, stated the following:
“Our execution of early access gameplay puts players directly in the driver’s seat, helping us steer towards a AAA quality blockbuster first-person shooter game”
Last October, the Shrapnel team raised over $20 million in a Series A funding, with Polychain Capital leading the round. Shrapnel already has its own native token SHRAP which has a market cap of nearly $50 million.
The first NFT game on Epic Games
It was September 2022, when Epic Games added its first NFT game to its store, Blankos Block Party by Mythical Games.
The NFT game was launched in 2020 and would have accumulated over a million players in those two years. Blankos Block Party is a multiplayer game focused on unique digital collectible toys, the Blankos NFTs, which can be purchased, upgraded, and sold within the game.
Illuvium was added to Epic Games only last November 2023, while Star Atlas in December 2022. In June 2023, another Ethereum-based crypto game, Gods Unchained, was added to Epic Games.