Derby Stars, a play-to-earn (P2E) horse racing metaverse game based on the Polygon blockchain, has opened its early access version starting from 27 February to 20 March. The developers aim to use the Early Access period to get as much feedback from the users as possible before the release of the alpha version later this year.
Why it matters:
This is a very important development ahead of the game’s full release at an undisclosed date in 2023.
The experienced team behind Derby Stars sees this game as an interesting and necessary addition to the world of digital horse racing. They have branded it as a game built for and by the users. And to remain true to this notion, they are using the Early Access period to give fans a feel of the game and get the much-need feedback before making the final tweaks.
This release is also meant to generate interest and hype by giving users a glimpse of what they can expect from the alpha version.
“We have worked tirelessly to create a game that truly captures the excitement and thrill of horse racing, and we are confident that the Early Access version is a great representation of what’s to come,” said Sean Hahm, Executive Producer of Derby Stars.
What’s driving the Early Access release:
The development team has pulled all stops to make sure that the game lands in the hands of as many users as possible.
The Early Access version will be available to PC and Mac users, and those who want to play the game should have the Derby Stars Horse NFT.
The game is not only available to English speakers. It supports additional languages that include Japanese and Chinese (traditional and simplified).
What’s in it for gamers:
This is a play-to-earn game where players earn rewards in the form of cryptocurrencies.
Derby Stars has a dual token economy that consists of the $RUN governance token and the $CRT utility token.
The $RUN token allows holders to propose and vote on proposals such as the addition of new features. The $RUN token has a hard cap of 500 million, while the $CRT token’s supply is unlimited. The $CRT token is limited to in-game currency.
The $RUN token is given as a reward to high-performing players and landholders in competitions. Some of the ways of achieving this include:
- Winning a player vs. player (PVP) competition
- Winning race tournaments
- Receiving ranking rewards based on leaderboard
- Compensation according to the growth of land NFT
The game revolves around horse racing, horse NFTs, in-game assets, and rewards. All players can train and race their horses. They can also get new horses by breeding them. Breeding horses is done through a system in which the parental characteristics of the horses are passed on to the offspring through a well-thought-out algorithm.
The main goal of this is to resemble nature as much as possible. Players can also feed their horses to explore the full range of their abilities.
Derby Stars NFTs:
Non-fungible tokens are usually the lifeblood of several play-to-earn games. The same goes for Derby stars.
The various types of NFTs found in the game include Horse, Soul, Land, and Foal. The horse NFTs are the key stars of the show. Foals NFTs are obtained from breeding horse NFTs.
The levels of rarity for the NFTs include unique, rare, and common.
What the future holds for Derby Stars:
The future of an ambitious game such as Derby Stars can be seen in the size of its backing.
The development team first raised $6 million in a seed round co-led by Patron and Galaxy Interactive, all-stars venture capital firms that back founders building toward the interactive space.
The team also received follow-on support from a slew of investors that, include Hashed. Derby Stars is now armed with a war chest of funding and support that should take it closer to its goals.