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Big Time

Brendan Donovan
2022-08-24 02:20
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DISCLAIMER: THIS CONTENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT IS NOT A RECOMMENDATION TO PURCHASE TOKENS OR ANY OTHER ASSETS. ANY INVESTMENTS MADE IN THE PROJECTS OR ASSETS MENTIONED BELOW ARE DONE SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. THIS IS NOT FINANCIAL ADVICE.


 

Project Highlights

  • Big Time is a Free-to-Play, multiplayer action RPG; the story is centered around a mysterious threat that destroys the existence of time. The game combines fantasy combat, collectible NFTs, and a history-spanning adventure to create an unprecedented gaming experience.
  • Big Time will feature its own in-game token (unnamed at the time of writing). There will be no pre-sale or early offering of this token to anyone, so the token should be completely community-driven. The primary way to acquire this token will be by playing the game.
  • The Big Time team actively engages with their community through AMAs (twice a week on average) and conversations on Discord, which has proven to be a successful strategy as their Discord has reached 404K members and Twitter has 233K followers.
  • Big Time Studios raised $21 million in two funding rounds. Investors who participated in the initial $10.3 million round include FBG Capital, North Island Ventures, Digital Currency Group, OKEx Blockdream Ventures, Alameda Research, Circle Financial, and Ashton Kutcher's Sound Ventures. The 2nd round closed an $11 million fund that will be used to invest in game companies adopting its technology.
  • To execute their ambitious goals, Big Time Studios has assembled an all-star team consisting of 25 game industry veterans from the likes of Epic Games, Blizzard, EA, and Zynga. Some of their previous well-known products are Decentraland, Fortnite, God of War, Call of Duty, and Overwatch.
  • Big Time is having an Early Access Launch (EAL) NFT Collections with 3 types of passes (Gold, Silver, Jade), and each one has a different floor price; to join, you must have either one of those three EAL Pass. This collection currently has a sales volume of 2k (ETH), with a 0.047(ETH) floor price average and 1.5k owners (Source). The rewards for EAL are mostly Cosmetics NFTs which can be sold for a decent amount of value.
  • Big Time is one of the first AAA blockchain games that truly excites and entertains players. Both crypto and non-crypto players can easily access the Big Time universe and enjoy the comprehensive gameplay. NFT cosmetics are essential for navigating a long-term sustainable economy and establishing ownership of players’ items.

Overview

  • Big time is a co-op action RPG played from a third-person perspective built on Ethereum. In Big Time, players travel through space and time to defend history itself and battle against a mysterious force that is tearing apart the walls of history and time.
  • Players will encounter distorted historical figures, characters, and events throughout the game. In addition, they will battle alongside six other warriors to kill monstrous entities and earn valuable NFT loot. Players will enjoy customizing their characters with armor and clothes from various periods in history.
  • Unlike other blockchain games that require players to set up their own virtual wallets, Big Time incorporates the whole system directly into the game itself, making it a completely seamless process for new players to get started. This is ideal for non-crypto natives and is the kind of UX we have been eagerly waiting to see in GameFi.

Gameplay

  • Aesthetically, the gameplay appears to combine the fast-action gameplay of God of War with co-op in-game mechanics found in other AAA games like World of Warcraft and Diablo.
  • The main mission will lead players to confront a mysterious threat tearing apart the walls of time and collapsing history in unexpected ways.
  • In addition to its built-in aesthetic value, SPACE NFT add-ons allow for the exploration of new worlds and historical domains, the opportunity to battle against enemies from other dimensions, and more importantly, the ability to collect the Big Time token during gameplay, as well as limited-edition NFTs in the form of loot which can then be traded in-and-out of the game through Big Time’s patented Vault technology.

1. Character Classes

  • Players will first have to choose a starting class. Players will not be able to change classes until they find a pocketwatch by defeating enemies. Pocketwatches allow players to switch between different classes. Pocketwatches for each class are used to save players’ progress as they level up.
  • Characters can be customized with clothes and armor from a variety of periods in history.

Figure 1: Big Time Characters Classes

⚔️ Time Warrior (Barbarian): Close-up carnage.

🧙 Chronomancer (Mage): Ranged DPS, Magic

🥷 Shadowblade (Ninja): Melee DPS, Stealth & Speed

🛡 Quantum Fixer (Medic): Healer, Supporter

2. Weapons

Each weapon used in the various journeys through time has attributes that can complement the class the player is using. Here are some weapons in Big Time:

Battle Axe A razor-sharp edge makes it an ideal weapon for individual confrontations
Dual Blades A speedy weapon that is ideal for attacking multiple enemies at once
Two-Handed Greatsword
A massive sword meant for clearing paths through enemies
Sword and Shield Combo
A one-handed saber that's powerful and fast. Paired with a sturdy shield, which allows a more tactical approach
Quantum Staff
A Chronomancer exclusive that casts spells at range to damage enemies from a distance
The Warhammer
A hammer with powerful slams that allow players to hold their own against numerous enemies

Table 1: Weapons and their features in Big Time

Equipment and skills can be leveled up. As players reach the max level, a more advanced class may be introduced in the near future.

3. Enemies

Defeating enemies can provide collectible items and token rewards, but it's the boss at the end that will drop the valuable NFTs.

The Blight Killing machines with high degrees of intelligence in predatory hive behaviors
The Underlings A wily scavenger that resembles a cross between a cat and a toad. They are often found in hoards that quickly overcome their prey.
The Guardian XL Capable of withstanding direct hits from a variety of high-velocity projectiles, as well as modular equipment slots
Broken Clockies Autonomous omnidirectional maintenance robots

Table 2: Big Time enemies

Figure 2-3: Big Time enemies (Guardian XL and The Blight)

💡Big Time has all the trappings of success. The team is building a high-quality product that deserves to be ranked among the top blockchain games being developed. The game prioritizes player experience and entertainment, as it should.

💡Although modern MMORPGs sometimes differ dramatically from their predecessors, many of them share the same basic characteristics. These include several common features: a persistent game environment, character skills, or character animation. If you are a fan of the famous MMORPG game Dragon Nest, you may get a similar vibe when playing Big Time.

Web3 Elements: NFTs

NFT items will be for cosmetic purposes only; they will not affect gameplay, as the team is primarily focused on maintaining game balance and does not want "pay-to-win" scenarios to damage the gaming experience and quality of their players.

  • Players will receive their first Time Machine for free in the early stages of the game. This can be considered a Personal Metaverse that only the player and their friends can access.
  • In the Time Machines, players can unlock unique features and utilities like Time Wardens, Forges, Armories, and Hourglasses by using a SPACE NFT.
  • These features are installed on a player’s SPACE NFT allowing them to produce in-game items that can be collected, traded, or sold on the marketplace to other players, explore new timeshares, fight enemies from other dimensions (or unlock new adventures/dungeons to be understandable), and the ability to unlock and collect limited-edition NFTs.

 Space NFT

Collected in-game or purchased from the Big Time Marketplace

SPACE has similar functionality to virtual LAND in Decentraland and The Sandbox, with key differences. SPACE is not in a fixed grid or location, it is not shared, and is tied to a player’s account in-game.

  • There are 5 rarity tiers Rare, Epic, Legendary, Mythic, Exalted and 3 sizes Small, Medium, Large.
  • The larger and rarer the SPACE, the greater the production capabilities in-game (’sockets’) and a better ratio for creating nice items.
  • SPACE is capped at 600,000 total fixed supply. Last December, 60,000 SPACE (10% of the total supply) has been made available for purchase in the public sale. Players can purchase SPACE on Big Time marketplace or OpenSea.

Figure 4: Space NFT types

SPACE is not needed to play the game (Big Time is a F2P game) nor to level up your character or earning capacity. It is intended only for those who want cosmetic NFT production capabilities.

🥼 Cosmetic NFTs

Collected in-game, crafting or purchased from other players from the Marketplace.

These NFTs enhance the appearance of your weapons and armor with additional flairs such as particle effects and sounds. They do not affect in-game stats. Cosmetic NFTs are produced primarily by Armories and Forges, which are player-operated.

🎮 Utility NFTs

Unlock by expanding your Time Machine using SPACE NFT.

You can unlock utility NFTs in-game while playing. These NFTs can be used as materials for in-game activities.

Game Economy

Gamers will play and earn tokens as they battle across history, defeating enemies and undertaking dangerous quests. In addition to their market value, tokens have extensive in-game utility as well. Tokens can be used to purchase ultra-rare and exclusive cosmetic NFTs, speed up crafting times, and repair damaged and depleted items.

Figure 5: Big Time Game Economy Model

  • The game's economic model is designed to be identical to that of traditional games, but with tokens as the in-game currency.
  • For players, there are two economic strategies to choose:
  Profit from in-game token Profit from selling NFT items
Steps 1. Summon Time Keeper
2. Get many Hourglasses
3. Fight enemies and earn token
4. Convert token into fiat or HODL
1. Install Forges and Armories
2. Upgrade multiple NFTs
3. Sell NFTs via marketplace
4. Level up Forges and Armories
Notes The sands of time in the Hourglass NFT are not unlimited, players must periodically visit the Time Keeper to replenish the sands before they run out to keep finding tokens while they play. SPACE is a cornerstone of the Big Time in-game economy. Higher tier SPACE NFT can offer you a higher chance for good Cosmetics NFT items.

Table 3: How to earn in Big Time

There will be no initial offering or pre-sale of the native token to anyone, including the development team, meaning that the token will be 100% community-driven. The primary way to acquire the tokens will be to play the game.

💡 The Big Time team stands out by putting gameplay and the player first:

  • Big Time is Free-to-play. Anyone can download and enjoy the game.
  • You can only generate income through playing, which is important since they aim to attract gamers, not speculators. You also need a SPACE NFT to be able to craft and sell cosmetic NFT items.
  • Most of the NFT items will not be minted by the Dev team but created by players who unlock the NFT creator tools features by acquiring SPACE NFTs.

“For a lot of multiplayer games, we see cosmetic items, skins, are what really drives the economy”, said Meilich - CEO at Big Time

Instead of an ICO, there will be NFT Sales for Space NFT and Cosmetics NFT. The role of cosmetics items is emphasized and appreciated by the team, who believe that cosmetics items will be the key to driving a sustainable in-game economy.

Figure 6: Exalted Space Sale on March 25th

Team

Big Time Studios consists of 25 game industry veterans from the likes of Epic Games, Blizzard, EA, and Zynga. Some of their previous well-known products in gaming history include Fortnite, God of War, Call of Duty, and Overwatch.

  • Ari Meilich - CEO (Advisor & formerly CEO - Founder at Decentraland): Based in Uruguay, attended Universidad de Buenos Aires and Hunter College with his major in Philosophy and Neuroscience.
  • Thor Alexander - CPO & Co-Founder: With a rich experience in game development, virtual reality, and machine learning, he has worked as VP of Production at Decentraland, an executive at Zynga, and CEO at Lucky Puppy, LLC.
  • Matthew Tonks - CTO (Fortnight, Gears of War): Graduated from the University of Advancing Technology, majored in Software Engineering. He is also a Co-Founder at BitMonster since 2012; worked with Drifter Technology as Director of Technology and Epic Games as Senior AI Programmer.

Other founding team members include Carlo Arellano (World of Warcraft, God of War) as art director; Martin Sweitzer (Fortnite, Gears of War) as Principal Engineer; Aaron Smith (Fortnite, Gears of War) as Lead Artist; TJ Stamm (Call of Duty, Medal of Honor) as lead designer; Brian Alexander (Overwatch 2, Defiance) as lead writer; Doug Wilson (Ultima Online; Command & Conquer) as director of ops; and Tom Zhao (League of Legends, Sky: Children of the Light) as lead concept artist.

Backers

Big Time Studios raised $21 million in two funding rounds. Investors who participated in the initial $10.3 million round include FBG Capital, North Island Ventures, Digital Currency Group, OKEx Blockdream Ventures, Alameda Research, Circle Financial, and Ashton Kutcher's Sound Ventures. The 2nd round closed an $11 million fund that will be used to invest in game companies adopting its technology.

Figure 7: Big Time Backers

Community

Data as of June 2nd Discord Twitter Inactive followers Telegram
Big Time 404K 233K 20.5% 26k
Ultiverse 77.8K 94.5K 13.1% -
Decimated 20.1K 57K 21.3% 14.7K
Realm of Ethernity 1368 124.5K 29.8%  38.6k

Table 4: Big Time Social Media Statistics compared to other similar MMORPG games (Source: SparkToro)

Go-to-market strategy

  • The Big Time team actively engages with their community, which has helped them reach an impressive 404k members on Discord and 233k followers on Twitter.

  • The moderators are always answering questions from the community through AMAs (twice a week on average) or conversations in Discord. Although the conversations do not have much focus on gameplay elements and still contain related questions around earning, it is undeniable that the hype for Big Time is skyrocketing.

  • Additionally, Big Time focuses greatly on encouraging and booking streamers to play their game and shares them on Twitch, Twitter, and Youtube.

Figure 8: Streamer experiences Big Time

  • Big Time is having an Early Access Launch (EAL) NFT Collections with 3 types of passes (Gold, Silver, Jade), and each one has a different floor price; to join, you must have either one of those three EAL Pass. This collection currently has a sales volume of 2,000 ETH, with a 0.047 ETH floor price average and 1.5k owners. (Source)

  • The rewards for EAL are mostly Cosmetics NFTs which can be sold for a decent amount of value.

Figure 9-10: Big Time Early Access Launch Collection

Full Walkthrough Guide

If you are intending to join the Big Time game, the video below will undoubtedly come in handy for the initial detailed modifications.

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