Explained: Star Atlas, the Space Metaverse on Solana

Star Atlas on Solana is a space opera full of adventure

Over the past months we’ve seen Solana rise in prominence as one of the leading blockchain ecosystems, and the space metaverse of Star Atlas has a strong presence. Star Atlas combines NFTs, DeFi, DAO, governance, staking, all while building a gaming universe filled with adventure, political and economical relationships, and potentially conflict.

The gaming industry has recently started to experience a significant change – introducing blockchain technology, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and the metaverse. Star Atlas is one of the newest and most fascinating examples of video games that have successfully made the leap into the metaverse.

What is Star Atlas on Solana?

A space-themed grand strategy video game developed on the Solana blockchain, Star Atlas takes place in a vast multiplayer virtual universe in the year 2620. The video game incorporates some of the latest technological advancements, such as Unreal Engine 5’s Nanite, which gives cinematic quality to its visual experience.

As part of the blockchain gaming experience, players can obtain, trade, and create NFTs in the Star Atlas universe, mirroring the real-life economic concepts of value, ownership, and tangibility.

The choice of Solana as the underlying blockchain was the result of its exceptionally high transactional throughput that supports several times the processing power of Ethereum, for example. Solana also has some of the lowest transaction fees in the space.

Immersive gameplay that mimics real life

In the expansive Star Atlas universe, the player starts alone, facing dangerous challenges, gathering resources, and competing with other players. But the journey doesn’t have to be lonely – you can build cities and establish micro-economies. You can even form alliances with other players and establish decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) to govern certain zones in deep space.

Through the platform’s Ship Commissions on Remote Expeditions (SCORE) feature, users can create fleets of ships, supply them with resources, and earn the game’s native token. 

As ships move through the galaxy and generate ATLAS (native token), they consume resources, such as fuel, food, ammo, and toolkits, at various rates (like a real-life ship would).  To get these resources, players need to head to the Galactic Marketplace. They’ll also need to consider the ships’ burn rate and maintain each resource at a functional level.

The Galactic Marketplace includes a useful bulk purchase inquiry tool among other exciting features.It allows groups of users to purchase in-game NFT assets in bulk while retaining the same fair terms and conditions as individual players.

Native (ATLAS) and governance (POLIS) tokens

Star Atlas uses two tokens:

  • ATLAS is the native token powering the entire Star Atlas universe. At first, it will be used to allow users to purchase NFT items like spaceships, crew, land, and other equipment needed for playing. This makes it the dominant currency in the game’s NFT marketplace. 
  • POLIS is the governance token in Star Atlas, allowing its holders to become part of its DAO and have a say in how Star Atlas develops in the future.

The final frontier

The Galactic Marketplace has been up and running since August 2021. In December 2021, the developers fired up the platform’s mainnet with the launch of Ship Commissions on Remote Expeditions or SCORE. This is the playable browser-based game layer allowing players to earn ATLAS tokens and get a taste of real-world earnings through devoting time and effort to the game.

At around the same time, Animoca Brands got involved. The blockchain gaming giant committed to purchasing more than $3 million worth of the platform’s NFT spaceships, as part of the platform’s Galactic Asset Offering (GAO).

Many more features are being designed, such as the global polish, mining and crafting, 3D browser, and the mysterious Project Rosegarden. The team has also launched the newest phase of its GAO that included a series of new in-game NFT ships. The launch was followed by continuous drops every two weeks or so, with a countdown to each sale featured on the game’s Galactic Marketplace, together with pictures. 

So far, it looks like Star Atlas is keeping up with its roadmap. However, the developers’ plans are optimistic and have a lot to take on, which will require continuous effort and staying dedicated to the cause. Should they persevere, this project will be a true revolution and the perfect merge of the blockchain and gaming industries. We’ll be there to see it.

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