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Star Atlas

Published: 28 September 2022

Star Atlas is a Triple-A (AAA) Play-To-Earn metaverse game.

Official Trailer

Basic information

Star Atlas is a Play-To-Earn AAA game / metaverse running on the Solana blockchain. When finished it will be an open-world multiplayer game, available for PC and virtual reality devices.

Players are going to be able to explore and colonize space, build space fleets and face hostile threats, control space stations, planets or star systems.

A minigame should be coming soon too, but a release date is not yet known.

Road Map

The Road Map isn’t divided into quarters, but into phases. We’re currently in Phase 1.

  1. Phase 1 – cinematic trailer, 2nd web version, marketplace and mini-game.
  2. Phase 2 – first version of the game, galactic marketplace.
  3. Phase 3 – additional tiers (= tasks) in the game. 
  4. Phase 4 – Star Atlas 3D search engine.
  5. Phase 5 – Project ROSEGARDEN (game mode).

About the game

The year is 2620. In this distant future, three major sectors have emerged:

  1. The MUD territory, governed by humankind.
  2. The ONI region, which is a consortium of alien species. 
  3. The Ustur sector, controlled by sentient androids. 

These sectors are in constant battle for resources, territory and political dominance. You, as a citizen of the Star Atlas faction, will have the opportunity to influence the outcome of this intergalactic conflict while earning rewards.

At the beginning of the game you choose one of the three sectors, which also decides who your enemies are. In the game, you will be able to explore the universe and engage in space combat or group battles. Other challenges include conquering space stations and planets, mining asteroids, managing refineries, building space stations and ships and developing new colonies. There’s room for traders too. They can try their hand at managing corporations, setting up trade routes between galaxies, transporting precious goods, conducting scientific research and many other activities. 

The developers want the player to have freedom and liberty in their gaming activities. For those who don’t want to wage war in the game, parts of the universe will be divided into safe and unsafe zones, similarly to how this works in Phantom Galaxies. In addition, there will be other environments where you can wage war, but you cannot lose property. One big pro I see in this game is the teamworking aspect – players will be helping each other. This will manifest itself, for example, when colonizing a planet. In order to build another starship, one must first create a settlement, start mining the necessary materials, build a workshop, and then create the ship from the necessary materials. These processes will not be easy, so the races will help each other. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that players will be able to borrow tokens and NFTs in the game. You will be able to own skins, materials, food, ammo, spaceships, space stations, planets, or entire galaxies and many other objects. Here is a sample of the different objects from the game.

Player requirements

We estimate that the average playtime could be between 1-5 hours per day – depending on whether you just want to control your assets or have a huge intergalactic battle. You won’t have to invest in anything, but the game will be very much Pay-To-Win, so you’ll make almost no money without an investment. That’s why we recommend investing at least in a better spaceship. You will be able to buy one on the in-game market. Payments are made in USDC and ATLAS cryptocurrencies. You will need a MetaMask wallet for USDC transactions and a Phantom wallet for ATLAS transactions. The cheapest object on the marketplace at the moment is the Pearce X4 spaceship, which only costs $20 USD. During the game you will subsequently invest in additional ships, food, ammo, weapons, planets, galaxies and other useful and necessary items/objects. Since Star Atlas looks like a AAA game with very high-quality graphics, you will need a better PC setup with a high-end graphics card to play it. For those who have a laptop and don’t want to spend on a new PC, there is an option to get VR goggles which promise a better gaming experience as well.

Tokenomics

Star Atlas has introduced 2 cryptocurrencies. 

  1. ATLAS – the in-game currency
  2. POLIS – the DAO token

Both cryptocurrencies are on the Solana blockchain and you can buy them on many well-known exchanges, including for example FTX, Gate.io, and Kraken. The DAO will vote on things like setting a percentage tax on mining and other important decisions that can change the course of the game. Tokenomics looks well thought out thanks to how the ATLAS token value is maintained. In fact, you can also get POLIS by staking the ATLAS token.

Monetization

In the game you can earn by:

  1. Earning ATLAS in-game currency rewards for the activities mentioned above.
  2. Selling NFTs.
  3. Lending tokens and NFTs.

You will be able to sell ships, materials, space stations, planets and even galaxies. Basically anything that will be an in-game item. You will be rewarded with NFTs or in-game currency. At the moment staking has not launched yet.

Partners

Team

Core team members:

Michael Wagner

  • Executive Director, CEO.

Danny Floyd

  • Production Manager, CPO.

Jacob Floyd

  • Chief Technology Officer, CTO.

Pablo Quiroga

  • Chief Revenue Officer, CRO.

Analyst opinion

“I consider Star Atlas to be one of the best gaming projects I’ve ever seen. The excellent graphics, combined with great game mechanics, gives me a feeling that I haven’t had before when analyzing a game project. To me, it looks like an incredibly well made project and I hope the official version of the game comes out soon.

It’s a shame that the game has such a poorly developed Road Map. For a project like this, a good Road Map should be a foundation to build on. The game is very much Pay-To-Win, which means that some rich person can come in and influence the course of the game, both through the DAO and by defeating powerful opponents and their galaxies. The project has big goals and almost every item will be an NFT, so I don’t know if the 50,000 transactions per second that the Solana network offers will be enough. Since there are many projects currently being built on the Solana blockchain, I’m curious to see how this will turn out.

The game is also available on VR. However, virtual reality through a VR headset is not easy to stomach for everyone. Especially in a game like Star Atlas.”

Matek Štochl

Matek Štochl

Published: 28 September 2022

All analyses by Mára

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