Skyborne Genesis is a web-based minigame or prologue packed with quests to complete for in-game NFT rewards. The Skyborne Genesis minigame, an interactive story, is leading up to the anticipated future releases. Mobile Skyborne Phoenix Flight fantasy adventure game, and Skyborne Legacy pc client mmorpg game release in 2024.
Update 9/22/2023: Skyborne Genesis moves to Arbitrum and Nexian Gem holders get early access starting October 4th!
update 10/4/2023: First look at Genesis Loot and strategy to obtain them!
Skyborne originates from parent company and gaming studio Revolving Games. Revolving Games is back by a broad variety of Web3 investors, including Pantera Capital, Gala Games, Animoca Brands, Polygon, and others. The gaming studio aims to release a broad portfolio of web3 games with blockchain elements. There’s a global team of over 125 people working for Revolving Games.
Free mint for the Skyborne community
Skyborne has been around for well over a year now and is a very much anticipated game in the NFT community. The parent company has raised over $25mm in recent years. It seems they are confident enough in the success of their upcoming game launches. Why? Because they released a free mint to their most active community members. Soon to be Skyborne players got a chance to mint Gems, which also granted an additional free 3 immortals per Gem minted. Don’t worry, we’ll cover what this all means!
Phases of launch
Christopher Arrington is Game Director at Skyborne and walked a bit through the roadmap in a recent video. There are no hard dates surrounding the phases, but it is well laid out in which order we can expect game releases to happen.
- Skyborne Genesis, web browser interactive game, phase 1. Expected to launch in less than 2 months from now.
- Skyborne Phoenix Flight, mobile fantasy adventure game, phase 2.
- Skyborne Legacy, pc client MMORPG launch, phase 3.
The Skyborne Genesis browser based story game is tailored towards the Web3 community and requires you to have at least 1 Immortal NFT to play. Skyborne Phoenix Flight is the first title to be released targeting Web2 players. Mobile strategy is being prioritized by Revolving Games and they anticipate this title to be very accessible to players around the world. Skyborne Legacy is coming later down the road targeting desktop gamers.
Game Design and Polygon Supernet
Vikki Ruttle is Lead Game Designer and walked us through everything we need to know about Skyborne Genesis. Genesis functions as a prologue within the Skyborne Legacy universe. It’s narrative is driven with seasonal arcs and content. Players embark on adventures while completing quests with their Immortal heroes.
Successfully doing so results in NFT rewards that are interoperable with the future game release. Hence, Skyborne fans who participate in the Genesis game will own a great diversity of in-game assets for future use throughout the Legacy IP. Skyborne works with Polygon by using their own appchain on a so called Supernet. This empowers gamers to truly own their in-game assets in their own wallets.
Nexian Gems and Immortal heroes
Finally, let’s dive into the mint of Gems and Immortal heroes and what utility these collectible NFTs can bring. On July 21 whitelist holders were able to mint Nexian Gems, which also awarded them with 3 unique Immortal Heroes. At the time of writing the art of all 9,999 Immortal has been revealed. The 3,333 Nexian Gems are expected to be revealed some time in August.
What are Immortals in Skyborne Genesis?
They can function as a profile picture (pfp), but more importantly Immortals enable players to earn rewards while completing quests. In the first release Dragonkin, Emberling, Elf, and Humans are included. The level of detail that went into creating the Immortals is quite impressive.
Skyborne Genesis Immortals, formerly referred to as Heroes, are a collection of elite heroes in Skyborne Legacy. Each Genesis Immortal has unique traits and abilities that enhances their gameplay. They also come with bespoke artwork, animations, and legendary in-game traits. These immortals add depth to the Skyborne narrative and provide players with opportunities to earn exciting rewards.
Strategy in quests
What is interesting to know for the quests is that each quest will have different trait requirements. Every Immortal comes with a bunch of traits, as you can see while opening one on OpenSea. An Immortal can be a leader, a mythical, a very rare 1/1, and feature various weapons, artefacts, and other visual appearances.
On each quest players will be able to send out a limit of 3 Immortals, so it can really benefit players to own a diverse set of Immortal heroes. As of right now it’s mostly guessing which Immortals are rare or interesting enough to collect for more exclusive rewards during quests. Skyborne will have a ton of guides and game information as they move closer to launch date to make all of this crucial information readily available.
What are Nexian Gems?
On the other hand, Skyborne Nexian Gems, formerly referred to as Charms, are a Proof of Collective within the Skyborne Legacy ecosystem. These gems hold significant value and provide holders with special privileges. By owning Nexian Gems, players gain access to a whitelist for all future Skyborne mints, ensuring early and exclusive access to new content and collectibles. Nexian Gems offer additional utility, which will be announced in the near future.
So, while Genesis Immortals are powerful characters with unique traits, Nexian Gems offer exclusive privileges and access to future content in the Skyborne Legacy universe. there are 10 unique 1of1s (highest rarity) Nexian Gems to be discovered upon reveal, there are 10 variations of the gems (fire, earth, water, wind, etc), and there may be tiered rarity between the elemental 10 Gems as well.
Only 6 unique and animated 1/1s.
Inside the Immortal collection there are 6 animated 1/1s to be discovered. These highly sought after Immortals come with ultra rare Mythic Rarity. Each one of them comes with custom backstories and will play a big part in the narrative of the browser based webgame. After reveal only one has sold on the secondary market so far for 0.95 ETH ($1800) with the floor sitting at 1 ETH right now.
Skyborne Genesis World Map
The game begins in Elysia, right in the center of the Skyborne Genesis World Map. The current visual of the World Map is still a work in progress, so the final product might be different from this concept map. More lore about the regions such as landmarks, lore, and characters will be revealed closer to launch.
It’s going to be exciting to explore the full map and all it’s hidden details. The Skyborne team pays close attention to detail while designing every aspect of their IP, and it really shows. In regards to the quests and side quests that become available we’ll have to be more patient on details too.
Basically you explore the map, find quests or banners on the world map, and select the quest you want to take on. From there on you select Immortals that are most suitable for the specific quest, along with other in-game items. To become a successful quest explorer it’s crucial to catch up on the trait information once that has been released. It will maximize your chances to max out the special rewards and get the most out of your time.
Trait combinations and Rewards
Traits impact the chances of loot. Particular sets of traits will maximize this effect. Some trait groups consist of damage types, Affinity items, rarity of gems, various species to use, and weapon/hand props. Currencies and resources can be earned by playing the quests, or you can purchase them directly. By earning in-game currencies you can spend and purchase reward items too.
Rewards will be very diverse, and some of these items will be interoperable with the full Legacy game release early next year. So exploring the entire World Map and completing as many quests as possible in the next few months will definitely give you an advantage. Rewards can also change with the seasons, quite literally, similar to how other web2 games implement different seasons. It’s a cool way how Web3 players are being rewarded for adopting innovative gaming products early on.
Phoenix Flight sneak peek
Di Dan is Design Director at Skyborn and teases a little bit about Phoenix Flight. So what is Phoenix Flight? It’s an island building RPG that will take place after the events of Skyborne Genesis. Players will be exploring the world of Skyborne while searching for companions, finding lost treasures, and finding cool dragons that they can breed.
The team wants to quickly follow up with a mobile game after Genesis, and the rewards can be transferred to that as well. The game will be free-to-play to make the Phoenix Flight game accessible to as many web2 players as possible. The launch is anticipated to occur in January 2024. Some cool features include modular items. You’ll be able to make weapons, armour, furniture, and similar items. But they all come with various factors and traits, making some items more powerful, beautiful, or rare than others. Despite being the same object in it’s essence.
All these customized items can be traded as well, so you can (and should) get as creative as you possible can. The dragons and especially the breeding of these magical and powerful creatures are going to be very important. You start with eggs than you can hatch into Axie like creatures. With proper care they will grow bigger and bigger, and finally turn into actual dragons.
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