In theoretical physics, a multiverse is an infinite array of universes where anything is possible, and every possibility exists. The various universes within the multiverse are often referred to as “parallel” or “alternate” universes or “other dimensions.” In the context of gaming, the multiverse is a network of games where players can use their characters and items across different worlds.
Remember Ready Player One? This book-turned-blockbuster film introduced us to the OASIS, a sprawling network of gaming worlds that players could move through seamlessly while using the same character and possessions in every world. Thanks to blockchain technology, a similar future is fast approaching — except this future is decentralized, meaning it’s not controlled by a single entity like the OASIS was, and it isn’t restricted to a single form of artistic expression.
With their identity, provenance, history, and metadata stored on the blockchain rather than locked inside centralized servers, blockchain-based gaming assets are transferable across multiple games. All other data, such as appearance and functionality, are stored and actioned by each game server.
Only the creator of a blockchain item can create more copies of it, but because the blockchain is a public ledger, there are no restrictions on who can see it, use its data, and add data to it. Any game can therefore support any blockchain item of their choosing, even if they didn’t create it. They can even add metadata to that item, which opens up the potential for players to experience continual progression as they travel through different gaming worlds.
Here’s how it works; if you’re a player who owns a blockchain address that contains a set of items, any developer can choose to support those items by allowing you to log your blockchain address into their game and linking in-game assets to your blockchain inventory. Each item’s artwork and gameplay is defined by the game they are being used in, this means that your inventory is likely to appear and function differently from game to game.
Enjin’s blockchain development platform enables game creators to quickly and easily integrate blockchain assets. Using this toolset, developers can choose to create new gaming multiverses or join the existing one.
By joining the existing multiverse, developers gain access to an exclusive supply of multiverse items that are already usable across many games . They have the freedom to implement these items as they wish and they can choose to offer them to their audience as in-game rewards, community-based competitions, or purchasable assets. There is also a growing community of multiverse players that are naturally motivated to try out any game that supports the items they own.
In the multiverse, gamers will have a seamless experience in which their characters can live forever as they travel across gaming worlds. No longer will players have to bid farewell to their beloved heroes or lose their items upon completion of a game. Instead, they will be able to preserve their gaming identity and assets from one world to the next. Welcome to an ongoing experience of perpetual gaming progression.
Welcome to the multiverse.
Founded in 2009, Enjin.com is a social gaming community that has amassed over 20 million users. In 2017, Enjin expanded its offerings to meet the increasing demand for decentralized digital items by creating a blockchain development platform that enables developers to create, integrate, and manage decentralized assets, giving users sovereignty over their digital possessions.