The mineral rich alien planet ‘Kerberos’, that’s where MetalCore takes place. It is a first-person and third-person PvP and PvE multiplayer vehicular shooter with armored tanks and epic jets soaring through the skies for large scale battles. You can cooperate with your team or fight alone in massive multiplayer battles. Think of it as a combination between Titanfall and Battlefield, but with a lot of focus on resources.
MetalCore comes with web3 aspects built on the infrastructure of the Immutable blockchain and Polygon’s zkEVM. This play to win – and possibly earn – game is a collaboration between Studio 369 and Umbrella Network.
You can join one of four factions. The PVP faction war is the core gameplay of this web3 game where a large number of players engage in combat for more control and influence.
The Key Elements of MetalCore Gameplay
This game offers a PvE and PvP open-world experience. Up to 50 players in each faction (a 100 in total) can and will engage in a mega clash for rank and reputation. The core essentials of this multi-interactive game include many aspects like characters, vehicles, empires and so on and so forth.
You can collect and own characters that have their own unique perks. Get your vehicles and use them in battles. Similar to the pfp characters, vehicles can be customized, rented, and traded. Additionally you can own land, build up an empire and earn rewards.
As you embark on your journey to establish an empire, you’ll construct towering war machines and vehicles and guide guilds through intense territory conflicts. Along the way, you’ll gather, combine, and develop blueprints for war machines and vehicle units, offering them for sale or trade.
In the open-world sandbox, players start as ground troopers and possess the ability to earn rewards whilst exploring the massive 16km x 16km map. Players can tackle PvE challenges together by forming groups otherwise called ‘baronies’. The barony system works like a guild with ranks, leaders etc. just like a clan.
Faction wars is one of the most exciting features about MetalCore. A large scale battle which has multiple modes of engaging in battle. Although you can only participate in them after reaching level 4. There are so many ways to win a battle:
- Control the most tactical points for a length of time
- Destroy the enemy base
- Defeat all enemy units before the time of battle ends
- Capture enemy respawn points
The combat zone is always live and with a limited number of respawns, players will be replaced with players in queue to keep the in-game action consistent.
Pick Your Faction
There are currently three main factions that you can choose to be in, with an additional faction that can side on any of the main factions coming up. You get bonuses when your faction wins a battle against another faction. Each faction also grants passive bonuses.
- Metal Punks
- Gear Breakers
- The Holy Corporation (Holy Corp).
- The Earthers (Upcoming additional faction)
As of now the only thing we know about ‘the Earthers’ is you cannot pick to be in that faction. They will ultimately be the mercenaries that feed off the other 3 main factions.
If you already own a Genesis Infantry NFT, they came with a pre-assigned faction as a trait. So if that faction were to be an ‘earther’ they can play from any of the factions. More about ‘The Earthers’ and the passive bonuses that each faction grants is yet to be disclosed by the team. Make sure to pay close attention to traits if you buy a Genesis Infantry on the secondary market, as it could have in-game effects.
Gear breakers is their nickname, but their true name is 011011010110000101101. Their Ark Ship had half its population decimated by an unknown virus. Because of the virus, they are heavily augmented to expand their life and slow down body decay. Gear Breakers are the most military and follow strict procedures in daily routines. Their clothing is very military-like and reflects their augmentations, often replacing organs and limbs. Gear Breakers are the only faction with complete cyborgs; with having only the brain or partial brain intact. Every member of this faction has brain, lung, and heart modifications. What they lack in numbers, they make up in intelligence and longevity. Resulting in living almost 3 times longer than other factions. Gear Breakers have exoskeletons which are visible. It’s a sign of resilience and rank.
|Metal punks is their nickname, but their true name is The People. They often are the most colorful of all factions. Every individual in this faction has strength augmentations and often extra limbs. Their augmentations are designed for their specific work. Metal Punks have a central government, but they mostly follow their tight nit clans. Metal Punks are most efficient at building and repairing. Their clothing almost always includes some type of armor as they are always weary of other clans. The Metal Punks are primarily female ran. The male population is 30%-40%.|
|The Holy Corporation is their nickname. This Faction’s true name is Apostles of Acquisition. The company that funded this Ark Ship has now become their religion and central government. Each member wears the company logo and primary colors. Although they wear different styles of clothing, they must wear the logo. Their hair color is always black, white, silver, gold, or brown. Every piece of clothing, although different, resembles a uniform and is almost never any kind of armor. Clothing implies not just status, but what your current task is during the daily routine. Every event and daily activity are layered with religious overtones. Incense, prayer beads, hand gestures, pinned mantras on paper, and holograms are common.|
|Earthers is their nickname, but their true name is People of Ark Ship 01. Their Ark Ship made it without any incidents, and everyone stayed in cryo-sleep. Because they stayed in cryo-sleep, they are the most Earth-like at the time. Earthers feel like humans that got transported to the future. Their clothing is all over the place, with no real consistency. They have embraced the advances of the other factions and it’s reflected their combinations. Every Earther has a strong attachment to Earth. There is no strong government and are the faction with the most mercenaries and spies. This faction spans the ideals of Earth. Most are good people looking for a new start, but some bring the old world views that brought Earth to near total destruction. The Earthers is the role you start out with in MetalCore. You can choose to stay an Earther or decide to join a faction.|
In-game token – FAB
In the expansive in-game world of MetalCore, FAB is being used as the in-game token. FAB empowers players to acquire and personalize a diverse range of vehicles, including aircraft, gunships, fighter jets, and bombers. These vehicles can be used in battle and players also have the option to trade, gift or rent them to other players.
Unlike your typical MMO game
Since all these in-game digital collectibles are truly owned by the gamers, they are all tradable in an open NFT marketplace such as OpenSea. All of the assets in the game are owned by you, not the game. This is in fact the essence of mixing NFTs with gaming. Whatever you earn, build or upgrade is yours to keep or sell.
You have various options at your disposal. Whether you wish to personalize your vehicles or gear and trade them on OpenSea. Exchange your in-game FAB tokens, lease your war machines to fellow players, hire individuals to play on your behalf. Or accumulate rent from your faction’s owned land. All of these activities are within your reach. Therefore making this game a source of leisure and a source of potential passive income at the same time!
8 Different Infantry Classes
Each infantry defines the role you will be playing in the MetalCore universe.
- Light Infantry: Grunt soldiers with assault weapons and limited-use special weapons.
- Heavy infantry: Specialist soldiers capable of deploying heavy weaponry and armor.
- Super heavy infantry: Equipped in the finest power armor and superior weapons, like a mini-mech.
- Engineer: Specialist soldiers with abilities to repair vehicles and structures. They can deploy drones or turrets.
- Medic: Specialist soldiers that have the ability to heal and revive companions. They also can use their Nano-Binders as an offensive weapon to inflict damage.
- Scout: Specialists with high mobility to excel at lurking and ultimately flanking.
- Sniper: Specialist with long-range weapons to take out heavy infantry or light vehicles.
- Pilot: Specialists to control armored vehicles, warplanes and mechs. A pilot out of their vehicle is an easy target.
Game Development Team – Studio 369
MetalCore is in development using Unreal Engine 5. They have an extensive development team that had the pleasure to work with companies in the likes of Activision, Disney, Lucas Films, and Midway. They have also made headway at famous projects such as Mortal Kombat and Gears of War.
The team is also very proud to have the one and only Stephan Martiniere, the Hugo Award-winning concept artist. You may know Stephan from his work on Magic the Gathering, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and God of War.
How to get Started?
There are two methods to enter the MetalCore realm. If you already own one of the NFTs you can gain access by logging into their portal. The NFT collection was launched on July 22, with a supply of 10K Genesis Infantry characters. They come in different rarity tiers, from uncommon to legendary. (I dunno what the utility of that is)
You don’t hold any of the MetalCore NFTs? But you are still very eager to play the game? Then you can apply for the access waitlist! The studio grants access every now and then to test the waters when the servers are up. It is also worth mentioning that this game is available on Epic Games. You can add it to your wishlist to snatch it up once the game is released.
MetalCore has set a high standard for the future of gaming embedded with web3 elements like NFTs and tokens. This web3 game’s goal is to turn gaming into an income generating activity rather than an activity just to kill time. Gamers all around the world should be able to follow their passions while also owning real-life assets.
Still in its Early Stages
Being in its early alpha stage, the game still lacks several features, including crafting, baronies, and the ability to use your NFT in gameplay. However, you can already observe placeholders for these features in the game menus. The core aspects of the game, like walking, running, flying, and shooting, are fully functional and ready for action!
MetalCore has been named “the most anticipated web3 game of 2023”. It won the GAM3 award for the best web3 shooter game and got featured on Epic Games! Safe to say even while being in its early stages this game holds a lot of potential for the future of web-3 games.
The Last Chance to join MetalCore’s Alpha Phase
MetalCore Alpha 3 is the last opportunity for players to participate in the alpha testing before the beta release. The update introduces significant improvements and bug fixes, enhancing the overall gaming experience. The focus of Alpha 3 is on creating a more stable and enjoyable environment for players to explore. The development team has also made progress on implementing exciting features like crafting, baronies, and NFT integration, evident through placeholders in the game menus. MetalCore also encourages players to provide valuable feedback to further refine the game for the upcoming beta release.
This article has been written by The Web3 Game writer Khawaja Affan, and edited by Jeffrey.