Video gaming giant Ubisoft has backed a blockchain-driven, decentralized roleplaying game known as Nine Chronicles. Just last week, the game announced an early release of its mainnet. It stands as one of the first games of its category to be introduced and is the brainchild of a company located in Seoul called Planetarium. Nine Chronicles is recognized as an MMORPG i.e. a massive multiplayer online roleplaying game. If you are not aware of what this means, then you need to understand that this game allows you to choose your style of adventure. The best thing about Nine Chronicles is that it also has an element of fantasy.
Planetarium has launched the Nine Chronicles in the hope of planting the seeds for a brand spanking new gaming community landscape that’s driven by the users, within the massive gaming industry. Founder of Planetarium, Kijun Seo also issued a small statement about the particular game. He said that virtual worlds had become a major point of frustration for a lot of gamers, as they are developed by corporations and the gamers don’t really have any say in it. Therefore, Seo said that these worlds were primarily developed for serving the corporations and their aim was to generate as many profits as possible with them.
According to Seo, this fact is well-known and also accepted across the gaming industry, but also said that the community also prefers to modify the game as per their needs, an activity that’s often referred to as modding by the gamers. Seo said that self-organization happens in the industry when hundreds of thousands or even tens of thousands of people start participating in a game. This is when the community comes together to modify the software for building something they believe in. The primary principle behind modding is similar to copy and pasting, where players just make changes to the game as per their liking without having to develop the software from scratch.
In literal terms, Nine Chronics is a game that has been developed by its users. It is possible for modding to be replaced altogether with the use of forking, blockchain technology or the development of a brand new blockchain ledger. Pre-existing node networks are used by forking for running the game. Planetarium is just one of the many nodes that can be found. If the creator decides to leave the nodes altogether, it is still possible for the game to survive and even evolve.
This possibility means that the company is not the one that has the actual power; it is the users who do. Seo elaborated that it was possible for everyone to turn on a node and they can also be connected to each other. These nodes can connect with every PC on which Nine Chronicles is running and can communicate with each other. However, it is possible for the user to turn off their node, taking away their part of the world. In this way, it is more the users of the game who make it rather than the company.