Battle royale incomplete with NFTs will be released on the Epic Games Store, pleasing no one

It looks like the Epic Games Store is getting its first NFT game. Hmm… hello? Grit was announced in 2021 as a cowboy battle royale coming to Steam, but after missing a few early access release windows, it went quiet and resurfaced earlier this year as a blockchain game. While there is no release date yet, Grit now has a page on the Epic Games Store and is listed as “coming soon”.

Some of us gave Grit a chance during a technical test last year – at that time it was just another battle royale with no mention of NFTs – and while none of us were impressed, it did show a bit of promise. A Wild West battle royale with six shooters, steam engines, horses, and a poker-based loot system had plenty of appeal, even in alpha state. But it definitely had a long way to go.

We haven’t heard much from Grit since then, as he quickly ran into some problems. First, an early access release date of September 2021 was pushed back to January 2022, and then a second delay brought it up later in the year. In February, the game announced a partnership with Gala Games, a blockchain gaming company. In addition to a battle royale, Grit is now an NFT game.

“Play as a totally unique character and customize your appearance. NFTs Generative Hero allow you to own your gunslinger and access cosmetic loading slots, increased earning potential and much more,” reads the official website. A link takes you to a Gala Games website where you can purchase a “Gunslinger Crate” where you can “receive your 1 of 10,000 generative characters”, basically a cowboy avatar that you use in the game.

This isn’t news to anyone paying attention, but NFTs haven’t received a warm welcome in the games. Stalker 2 announced NFT plans and then canceled them immediately after fan reaction, Team17 did the exact same thingCCP rejected the idea for Eve Online, and Ubisoft is struggling to sell the idea to its own employees. Until Troy Baker was rationed.

Players, for the most part, don’t want NFTs in games, and they also roll their eyes every time another battle royale appears, most many are still resistant to the Epic Games Store in general. So it’s very difficult to conceive of Grit being a big hit and easy to understand why people on twitter have already started calling him “Grift”. It doesn’t help that one of Grit’s horse NFTs appears to be just a $30 asset from the Unreal Engine 5 library (opens in new tab). Somehow, Oblivion’s Horse Armor DLC isn’t the worst anymore.

It’s also hard to say how much the game has evolved since we tested it in 2021. A brief glimpse of some “gameplay” (a streamer shooting at some walls (opens in new tab) while waiting for other players to join in) doesn’t feel as hot, let alone “membrane insane” as they describe it.

Meanwhile, Grit still has a page on the Steam store, which is strange because Valve banned games with NFTs or cryptocurrency in October 2021, so it’s safe to say Grit won’t be released there. In response to Valve’s statement, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said in 2021 that Epic “Welcome“blockchain games as long as they follow “the relevant laws, disclose their terms and are classified by age”, despite a month earlier describing blockchain games as “entangled with an intractable mix of scams”.

Somewhat ironically, Sweeney was on Twitter today trying to let people know that a Fortnite NFT it’s a fake. Welcome to blockchain!

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