Call of Duty creators Activision announced yesterday that their latest first-person shooter game: COD – Warzone Battle Royale will have an ingame crypto asset.
This comes after its main competitor Fortnite launched its crypto Fortnite V-Bucks, with incredible success for Epic Games.
There had been mystery shrouding this launch of the franchise, as in previous iterations Activision had revealed who would be developing the game before the launch.
Since launching the COD franchise in 2005, the development has rotated between Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, and Infinity Ward but this time it’s still a mystery.
This latest COD will feature a huge battlefield where over 100 players can play simultaneously. However, unlike the earlier games Warzone is a free to play, which is also a first.
The crypto is to be called Call of Duty Points, which will be essential for gameplay, and players can either buy COD Points, or they can earn them for completing contracts.
Players can then collect or go to buy stations to spend their COD points on ingame purchases like premium weapons and skins etcetera.
Coming on the back of Fortnite’s crypto success, and with this COD being it being free to play, the ingame currency system should make for some serious revenue for Activision.
Fortnite V-Bucks has been a hugely successful for Epic Games, and the gaming giant’s revenue has increased substantially as players’ hunger to buy new skins and other ingame assets increased.
The crypto in COD Warfare Battle Royale isn’t fungible, and can’t be traded for profit on an exchange like cryptocurrencies. The crypto asset isn’t technically a cryptocurrency, which will ease the pain of having to deal with the taxman for players.
COD is such a huge franchise it’s hard to see how this game won’t be a success. Sure there have some bad releases in the past, but Activision has bounced back many times and COD is still a leader in the gaming market.
Activision has seen the success of Fortnite’s crypto economy and now wants some. It’s a natural fit for them and all gaming companies, and even though it’s not utilizing the full capabilities of crypto assets and blockchain, it’s a giant leap forward.
ERC1155 tokens are likely to help this move along much quicker. The new Ethereum protocol allows for assets of any type, funglible and non-fungible to be used in the same game. The ERC1155 tokens can represent anything from currency to skins, and can be coded to be rare or have superpowers.
It will give players the option of buying rare items to collect and use or give themselves a better chance in the game. The gaming tokens will also be owned by the player, who will have the ability to move them from game to game.
Activison and Epic Games are making inroads to the crypto ecosystem, but its exciting times for the gaming and crypto communities. And it remains to be seen if this version of COD will be a success.
And with the progress of the ERC1155 token and hopefully governments clarifying their stance on different crypto assets, it’s only a matter of time that Activision and Epic fully embrace crypto and blockchain.