A New Metaverse Gem? SIDUS HEROES CEO Thinks So

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Alexander Belov   Contributor

A New Metaverse Gem? SIDUS HEROES CEO Thinks So

NTC New Tribe: How did the idea of ​​creating this project come about and why did you decide to use blockchain?

Dan Khomenko: SIDUS HEROES is a high-quality gaming metaverse that offers gaming scenarios for any taste and skill, as well as multiple earning opportunities that can all be accessed from a browser in one click. SIDUS HEROES positions itself as an AAA-level game and from the very beginning, the team set the bar high by aiming for AAA-level quality content, graphics, gameplay, economic model and all other components of the game.

We saw the growing interest in GameFi and we just could not ignore it. Gaming projects are probably one of the most sustainable types in any industry, so we wanted to create a project that would allow us to grow a strong community that would be able to influence the whole ecosystem. This is why we also chose blockchain, since we have deep expertise in this technology and know how to implement new, technologically complex solutions.

Blockchain also provides a whole new set of instruments for building Play-to-Earn mechanics, ones that are not available in conventional gaming. So actually, choosing blockchain was a no-brainer for us.

NNT: What projects, universes and franchises inspired you to create such a big project and in a space setting? And why exactly did you choose a Sci-Fi and Space theme?

DK: Our team grew up on classic sci-fi and we are big fans of games like No Man’s Sky and Eve Online. We drew inspiration from these games but what you will see in SIDUS has been uniquely developed by our incredible team.

NNT: Are you able to create a game that is fun to play without Play-2-Earn mechanics? What is more important for your team—the roleplay aspect or the economy?

DK: We are not trying to create a game without P2E mechanics, on the contrary, SIDUS HEROES includes a lot of these. Of course, we’re focusing on the gameplay, the scenarios and the in-game activities—we understand who our main users are. But new times demand new solutions. Since we work in the GameFi sector, we decided on a game that would be Play-to-Earn. And we want it to be interesting to a wide audience. Gamers are a strong community but they are not always interested in making profits. Then again, the DeFi community is a very strong one also and they are not always interested in gaming. We are uniting these two very supportive and involved groups and are trying to provide an interactive and entertaining space that satisfies the needs of both groups. We want the game to develop in these two different market sectors, which is why we have incorporated in-game profit-making mechanics, classic staking and will be adding a marketplace with various features in future versions of the project.

Here are some examples of how you can earn in the SIDUS HEROES universe:

- Players can fight in the Battle Arena, win tournaments and fights and be rewarded in SIDUS’ native tokens. By winning battles, players accumulate points and rise in the rankings. At the end of the fighting season, the Heroes with the highest rankings will be rewarded with loot boxes containing exclusive content that their owners can use to upgrade their Heroes or sell in the marketplace. 

- Players can mine resources and/or master a profession and receive in-game items (NFTs) or native tokens for it. Landowners can build infrastructure on their plots of land and create mining and manufacturing operations that will eventually bring them even more sources of revenue in the form of NFTs and other rewards.

- Heroes can get elected to the Council, an important group that decides what technologies will be developed during their term in office. If the technology is built successfully and is applied where it’s needed before the end of their term, the Councilors will receive a share of the patent fees.

- The SIDUS HEROES metaverse will also include DeFi services like SIDUS Farming.

NNT: Do you think it is possible to create a game with an independent cryptocurrency economy that attracts crypto traders and speculators and at the same time be interesting for video game lovers? Many users are sure that these are incompatible.

DK: They are perfectly compatible. Our first goal is of course to create a high-quality game and build a supportive community around it. To do so, we need fascinating gameplay and to implement it successfully. Then we can proceed to the next step, which is to find new ways to monetize the activities of this enthusiastic group. This idea is not new. Gamers have been trying to add extra profit mechanics long before we came along and they have actually been successful at it. Now there are new options: we have two native project tokens, we have in-game tradable assets, an economy and as I said before, we are planning to add a Staking function and a marketplace. These are all perfect instruments that speculators can use to benefit from on-going events inside the game. Races will rise and fall, gamers will upgrade their characters, token prices will fluctuate—isn’t this a perfect environment for a trader?

NNT: What is happening now in the classic video game industry? I’m talking about more and more companies attempting to integrate NFT and blockchain into their games. Where will this lead to in the long-run? And what do you think is the reason for the negative reception of these decisions on the part of many players?

DK: The classic video game industry is going through a time of change, brought on by the entrance of new blockchain games into the market. It is not surprising that conventional game studios are trying to keep up by implementing NFTs and other crypto mechanics into their projects. And of course, this is done for one reason only—to keep their games above water, not to make them more entertaining or complicated. Players understand this, and it makes them angry. They’ve already got a good product and all they need is the complexity of the gameplay to be leveled up from time to time. 

To build a game that incorporates crypto mechanics, it is better to start from scratch and factor in all the blockchain specifics and crypto earning options from the very beginning. Only then will game studios be able to succeed and avoid overloading their product with unnecessary features that only serve to annoy users. 

So for instance, at this point, we’re building a closed system. Players will discover what it means to be a SIDUS Hero, to travel through the metaverse and fight in the Battle Arena. We want them to explore every corner of it. But in the future, we might consider implementing other projects’ NFTs within our gameplay. SIDUS HEROES has partnered up with many incredible blockchain gaming companies and might see some collaborations one day. It would not be possible to do this with companies that have little experience working with blockchain. They would lack the needed technical knowledge.

NNT: How do you see the role of gaming projects like SIDUS in the adoption of crypto and development of DeFi, Web 3.0 and NFT?

DK: We’re addressing this very issue by building the SIDUS HEROES game on WebGL technology. WebGL is utilized for rendering interactive 3D graphics within compatible web browsers, without the need for additional plugins or instruments. What users should be fully aware of, first and foremost, is that the SIDUS game is accessed through a web browser. They therefore don’t need to download any applications onto their phones or PCs. They can just type in the SIDUS URL and press ‘Play.’

No need to wait either while the content is upgrading. No need to free up storage on devices to download the game and start playing. The best part is that players don't even need to check their device specs or make sure they’re compatible with the game. SIDUS HEROES will even be accessible on devices that, in the world of gaming, are considered artifacts, like the iPhone 7 or 8. Our development team has worked hard to create a game that covers 60%-70% of the devices in current use. As the game evolves, the percentage of supported devices will grow.

This is a big step in the direction of making blockchain gaming more accessible to the masses. Instead of spending $500 to over $1,000 on a device or full gaming set, users can play SIDUS on the devices they already own. 

It’s also a game-changer for low-income countries where SIDUS and other blockchain games can become a sustainable source of income. Our team has considered this scenario and envisioned 10 million future “employees” playing our game, developing it and receiving a stable income in return.

NNT: The companies that are supporting you are huge. Tell us how you managed to attract the attention of giants of the industry and such a large community.

We have a dedicated marketing team that works on spreading the word about the game and its unique features, to attract users who might be interested in it. We also have a Key Opinion Leaders team and External Affairs managers who are building the SIDUS network of investors and supporters who believe in the project and they too are helping us to grow our audience. We work closely with funds and influencers and we look for people who share our vision on the future of blockchain gaming, those who understand that putting effort into promoting the game will benefit them as well. The success of the game is the success of all parties involved, be they developers, investors or players.

For example, we have recently partnered with Animoca Brands, a major name in blockchain gaming and the open metaverse. The partnership between SIDUS HEROES and Animoca Brands will take effect in several areas: 

- Animoca Brands will be involved in the development of SIDUS’ gaming mechanics and will share its expert take on the initiatives put forward by the SIDUS team.

- The two companies will cooperate in marketing initiatives to reach a larger audience and empower a greater number of users with the financial tools of the new generation.
- The teams will maintain ties and exchange experiences to facilitate the development of the open metaverse and the scalable next-gen of blockchain gaming.

We have also recently partnered with Alameda Research, Bloktopia, OKEX, Polygon and Master Ventures.

NNT: Guilds (communities of players/investors) are influencing the rise of GameFi now. How are you coping with Guilds that have already participated in the project? 

DK: Besides working closely with these Guilds, we are engaged in a lot of group activities within the game, to increase the social aspect of the project. 

SIDUS HEROES provides users with multiple gaming scenarios to suit any taste: interstellar exploration, battles and settlements and there is plenty of scope for political, social and economic development.

Players can be farmers and grinders who mine and collect resources and sell them in the marketplace for coins. Or they can choose to master a profession and become skilled manufacturers who craft equipment (like Space Shuttles) and the components for them (e.g. ammunition, weapons and medicine) so they can sell their manufactured products to the fighters. 

One of the key elements of the game is the Battle Arena, where users can challenge other players, form fighting legions and compete in tournaments. A career in fighting helps players to get elected and command legions in massive battles.

Players can choose to pursue what they’re passionate about and to master that profession. For instance, they can become scientists who explore new technologies and discover new resources so they can figure out how to modernize life in the universe.

SIDUS HEROES is also building a political system. Players can become ministers and presidents, represent their race and lobby their interests.

The opportunities are endless. We plan to incorporate a Scholarship system, where gamers will be able to rent their characters or accounts from the game’s interface. This practice is already gaining popularity in the GameFi sector. We will also develop clans and other groups that will help users on cooperative missions.

Any gamer will be able to find an occupation that suits them. All these gaming scenarios are linked to the player-driven economy, which allows users to monetize their time. 

NNT: In your opinion, will upcoming projects that have a similar setting, such as Starfield, the new Star Wars game and Star Citizen (already in beta), encourage more players to try SIDUS? Will you be able to interest them, not just in the mechanics but in the plot, too?

DK: Of course, all these projects will attract new people. What we are seeing now is the rise of a new industry segment. It is quite new and still being developed, with young studios springing up and trying to offer their products to the market. All this means that there are not that many players here yet, compared to conventional gaming. So in fact, we are happy to see games like ours popping up here and there. It means we have chosen the right concept and are heading in the right direction.

As for the plot, intergalactic wars and cooperative strategies offer a vast field for one’s fantasy. We can always find a new way to twist the storyline of a game that’s based on the infinite possibilities of space travel. 

NNT: Let’s look into the future. How do you see the game at its peak? What technologies, gaming features and implementations will it introduce to players?

DK: We have a detailed 5-year roadmap that contains key milestones for each quarter. We started the year 2022 on a high note. On January 13th, we released a closed beta version of the game. This version was only available to holders of NFTs from the Genesis collection. Then, on January 23, SIDUS HEROES opened up to all those who have NFTs from either the Genesis or the Academy collection.

We also plan to implement a blockchain ratings system, introduce the first professions and hold presales for exclusive content. We will expand the metaverse and launch SIDUS Starter, a launchpad that will empower users with the means to raise funds for their in-game projects. Users can also expect the launch of SIDUS Central Station Technology Council elections and fixed-price sales of land plots for loyal players. Every quarter, we’ll introduce something new to the metaverse to keep the game going and maintain the community’s interest. 

Anyone interested in the project and its goals can go to the SIDUS HEROES website, under the “Documents” section and see the detailed roadmap. 

As we move forward, we will be listening to the community and how they see the development of the game unfolding.

 

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Alexander Belov   Contributor

Alexander Belov is a writer specialized in Blockchain and decentralized finance field. In 2020 he was included in the list of the top 30 most Influential People In Blockchain Industry by Hackernoon.