NFT game development: Guide

Creating an NFT game could be complex, especially in the development process. However, offering top-tier gaming experiences to the gamers as well as unique and creative NFTs is what will set you apart from the rest in the crypto market. 

This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to be part of the blockchain revolution in the gaming industry. Terms such as cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens are now part of the gaming world. Also, more players are interested to earn money while playing. This is why creators, developers, engineers and entrepreneurs to engage with NFT gain interest in game development.   

But, how to do this? In this article you will learn about gaming NFT and the process of NFT games development. We will speak about examples of games that are in development and waiting to be released. 

Gaming NFT: A brief explanation

Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFT are virtual assets that could be sold or purchased on NFT gaming marketplaces based on blockchain technology. 

These digitised gaming assets are avatars, weapons, accessories, and other tools following the theme of the specific game. They can be spotted in the premium sections of the video games as they are highly upgraded and customised. 

“Play-to-earn” NFT games are an invitation for gamers to earn tokens, rewards, and participate in exclusive events while gaming. Also, selling their NFs to fellow gamers and collectors also allows them to earn some extra money

NFT games development: What does it involve?

In the first stage of an NFT game creation, prepare everything before you start to develop the game. Start by defining the concept, style, theme, and genre of the game you want to create. In order to do that, you will need to analysze in-depth of the market, competitors, and buyer personas. 

Then, you will need qualified specialists on your team, including 2D/3D artists, managers, QA engineers, and experienced developers. Together, you can choose the most effective infrastructure, software, and tools for the front-end and back-end of the project. Also is very helpful to prepare a Game Design Document (GDD). Here is where development strategies and technical requirements will be specified and structured. 

Once you have all this covered, you can start with the NFT game development process. This process will involve:

  1. Frontend coding: Solidity, Javascript and Typescript are examples of  programming languages.s These are commonly used when it comes to developing the frontend of a game. About the framework in NFT games, React is the one more used. However, there are also alternatives such as Vue JS.   
  2. Choose your blockchain technology: Commonly, the Ethereum blockchain is the main used. It has different layer 2 solutions that allows increasing the speed and accessibility of your NFT game. However, there are also alternatives such as Solana.
  3. Setting your crypto wallet: You will need a crypto wallet. Players can use it to register as well as allowing them to sell or trade NFTs. This must be done on the developing stage and different crypto wallets can be used. However, the most common and popular wallet in the blockchain network is MetaMask. 
  4. Develop a smart contract: First, you must be aware that smart contracts cannot be rewritten. This means that rigurosity must be achieved in this process. At the end of the day, the smart contract is responsible for the cyber-security of the game, the NFT movement and the customisation of the transactions. 
  5. Backend coding: For this part, the construction of the architecture of the decentralised game is needed. This means all the content, data and all the elements of the game being placed into one whole system. Also, it must be considered not only  the commands and data from the game code but those from the blockchain. 
  6. Testing/launching: Before launching the NFT game into the blockchain network chosen, you must carry out some testing before. Tools that you can use to do this testing are Rinkeby and Ropsten Testnet. 

NFT games in development (Examples)

There is an increasing number of NFT games that are in development with the intention to be placed on blockchain technology. Among these promising NFT game we can spotlight:

  • Elemental Raiders: In Games for a Living we developed a metaverse full of heroes that have to battle in the Elemental Raiders Arena. It is a player versus player game where users can earn tokens and rewards while climbing positions in the league. The release date of this game is in November 2022.
  • Diamond Dreams: Another NFT game that we will develop at Games for a Living is a game made for travel and jewels lovers. In this game, players will travel exotic places around the world to find and collect unique gems, select their favourite designs and craft their own NFT jewels. These luxurious creations can be sold on the NFT marketplace. This game will be released in early 2023. 

The gaming environment is flourishing with new opportunities arising alongside. More developers, engineers, and entrepreneurs are creating unique gaming experiences where digital assets can be traded allowing people to earn money while playing. If you are interested to know more about our NFT video games you can register to be up-to-date with all the news and our latest updates. Don’t miss out on the opportunity!