BLOCKCHAIN AND NFTs
Q: Why are you making games using blockchain technology and NFTs?
A: Blockchain technology and the use of certain NFTs will enable us to overcome technological restrictions that would otherwise prevent us from making cross-game items a reality. Without this technology, we would not be able to create the Bitverse as we envision it!
Q: How will blockchain and NFT’s add utility to new and existing games?
A: You'll see the usefulness of our NFT items in three primary ways to begin with. As time progresses, expect this list to grow!
1) Ownership: This means that you can do as you please with your NFT's. Use them, sell them, or destroy them...the choice is yours. As gamers ourselves, we believe this level of control represents a revolutionary change in how games are played.
2) Progression: Your NFT hero will retain your progression, ultimately providing a way to make your NFT's more desirable.
3) Cross-Game Hero & Inventory: You'll be able to play with your NFT hero across all of our Bitverse games and your inventory of NFT items will come along too, allowing you to show off your awesome items in multiple games.
Q: What is Kongregate doing to address the environmental concerns around blockchain and NFTs?
A: We share the environmental concerns around blockchain, and we are only partnering with carbon-neutral solutions. We want to build all our games sustainably and ethically, which is why we have partnered with Immutable X, a carbon-neutral blockchain provider.
Q: Aren’t NFT’s a 'scam’?
A: We see blockchain and NFT's as a vehicle to deliver new and exciting content to players with the goal of enhancing your overall experience. This technology (like many others) can be used in a "scammy" way, but it ultimately comes down to the intention of the developer and how they plan to utilize it. The great news is that we remain committed to operating ethically while always keeping the player experience in mind. We believe blockchain has the potential to be the next big leap in gaming, but more importantly, we believe in doing things right. It's our intention to give players power over what they buy to increase the value they perceive from playing Bit Heroes. We’re excited about the idea, and hope that other people will be as well.
Q: What blockchain provider is Kongregate using?
A: We're proudly partnering with IMX; a carbon-neutral provider who will increase transaction speeds and reduce gas fees (think of a "gas fee" as something all users must pay in order to perform any function on a blockchain. More on that later on in the FAQ).
Q: Will I need to use cryptocurrency to purchase an NFT item?
A: Yes, you'll need to use cryptocurrency to purchase NFT's. We know that may sound intimidating, but our goal is to make the purchasing process as smooth and player-friendly as possible. Until now, purchases involving cryptocurrencies have often been confusing, but there's nothing inherent in the technology that says it has to be that way, so we're working to make it significantly less stressful.
Q: Will I have to start using NFTs to play my game or will there be freedom to continue playing as usual?
A: You’re more than welcome to play your games the traditional way! Nothing will force you to engage with the new blockchain layer if you don't want to. We believe in hybrid models (as opposed to purely blockchain or traditional free to play games) with self-contained economies so players can get the maximum enjoyment from our games. If you’re an F2P player and wish to remain so, you absolutely can!
Q: Will all NFT’s and cross-game items require real money purchases?
A: No, our intention is to distribute NFT's through multiple sources, some of them paid and some for free. We want players to be able to earn rewards for participating in events that can then be exchanged for an NFT. We have a few other ideas in mind as well, but we're not quite ready to share details on those yet.
Q: Will the NFT’s need to be purchased through a specific marketplace? Can I sell my NFT items to other players?
A: We are working with Immutable X to provide a marketplace where players will be able to both buy and sell NFT's. We are working diligently to ensure that the marketplace is secure and easy to navigate!
Q: How much will the NFT’s cost?
A: Each Generation of Bitverse NFTs will have different prices with our Generation 0 owners enjoying the lowest price point. We aim to provide a multitude of pricing options; please take a look at 💎︱bitverse-nft-info for details.
Q: How many NFT’s will initially be available for purchase?
A: 13,600 Bitverse NFT Heroes will be minted in 2022, with more planned for 2023 and beyond. Take a look at our whitepaper for full details: https://kongregate.gitbook.io/bitverse/
Q: What steps is Kongregate taking to ensure that the NFT's aren't compromised at some point in the future?
A: Because NFT's are a somewhat new technology, security risks are at the forefront of many people's minds (including our own)! Any NFT's currently in circulation are supported by a highly secure and closed system; future NFT's will only be created after all smart contracts have been reviewed by us and our blockchain provider. Your peace of mind matters to us!
Q: How do these NFT’s differ from previously released ones?
A: Our previously released NFT's did not have progression integrated as a mechanic! Our new NFT's will have significantly more utility and will allow players to create truly unique items across multiple games. Interested in the perks you'll get? Take a look at our Medium blog!
Q: Are the NFT items randomly generated? Is there any difference between the NFT’s in terms of rarity?
A: We intend on randomly generating NFT items with unique sets of characteristics. The mystery is part of the fun! Details about rarity can be found HERE!
Q: Can we purchase specific NFT items from the marketplace?
A: The marketplace will allow you to purchase any publicly traded NFT item listed. You may need to wait until someone lists what you're looking for prior to purchase.
Q: Will I be able to purchase an NFT Hero? What is the difference between a free-to-play Hero and an NFT Hero?
A: Yes, you’ll be able to purchase NFT Heroes! The biggest difference you'll see between free-to-play heroes and NFT heroes is their ability to travel to other games in the Bitverse. A F2P hero will be bound to the confines of the game where they were created, whereas an NFT hero can progress across all games while being visually unique.
GAME BALANCE AND INTEGRITY
Q: Why are you choosing to create a Bitverse instead of focusing development resources on Bit Heroes?
A: Bit Heroes is an important part of our larger Bitverse world, so we are continuing to invest in the game’s development and hope you’ve noticed all the hard work the team has made in recent months. That said, increasing the team size won’t necessarily help speed up feature development time. We are increasing our resourcing where it does make sense, and we hope you will continue to see the impact in your gameplay experience.
Q: If I choose to only play a single game in the Bitverse will I be unable to progress as far or as quickly as users who play multiple?
A: This depends entirely on how much you choose to play! Our intention is not to punish or impede the progress of players who only wish to engage with a single game in the Bitverse. Instead, our goal is to enhance your overall experience should you choose to play our other titles. A person who plays a game extensively will find that they progress quickly compared to someone who plays multiple games to a lesser degree.
Q: Will cross-game items be too overpowered?
A: We have no desire to forsake our F2P audience! Players of all types are valued here. A balanced game is more fun for everyone! NFT items will be balanced according to the existing game rarities. We don't want NFTs to be overpowered (although we may have some powerful rarities in the mix). We are looking at them as a way to add value to our community and our players.
Q: Are NFT Heroes capable of gaining XP faster than an existing free-to-play Hero?
A: We're committed to providing a fun and balanced game experience. We plan for NFT heroes to progress at a similar speed to the F2P ones already in the game.
Q: Will our Hero’s items retain the same stats across all games?
A: We want our players' NFTs to be valuable and diverse. Every cross-game item will be usable across all Bitverse titles, but the item’s stats/progression will be unique to each game (a potential to increase their overall perceived desirability). Additionally, your NFT items will be upgradable!
Q: You’ve mentioned that these new projects will not require resources from the Bit Heroes team. With cross-game functionality, wouldn’t that inherently require time and effort from them?
A: Blockchain tasks will be primarily managed by new resources who are working independent of the main Bit Heroes team. This means that support will continue for Bit Heroes with a focus on bringing new and exciting features to the game (we are actually working on the game's roadmap for Q2 and are incredibly excited for what's to come). There is some collaboration that will need to happen between teams, but we estimate this to be minimal.
Q: Couldn’t this time be spent on addressing existing issues in Bit Heroes Quest?
A: While our allocation of resources isn't changing, we are in the process of redefining internal processes to make more room for dedicated Live Operations. Going forward, this part of the team will be focused on tasks like bug fixes, among others. From a development standpoint, a completely bug-free product is incredibly rare. That being said, bug resolution also depends on the severity of the bug, the impact it has and how quickly it can get fixed without harming other areas of the game.
ADDITIONAL NFT INFORMATION
Q: Will shared boosts for multiple heroes be available at launch?
A: there are some Consumables, when consumed, apply Boosts directly to the Player. This is important to note because these Boosts, while active on the Player, provide their benefit to any Current Hero. This allows players, with an active Boost, to play one hero, use all of that Hero’s resources then swap to another Hero to do the same, continuing this process with all their heroes, maximizing the uptime of their boosts.
When a player uses a consumable that yields a resource (energy, tickets, badges, tokens, shards, xeals), the resources gained are added to the current Hero being played and are not shared.
Q: How many F2P/NFT characters will be allowed on each Kongregate.com account?
A: You can have one standard Hero (non NFT) and an infinite number of NFT characters. You can freely switch between any NFT Heroes that are in your linked Kongregate.com wallet.
Q: When an NFT hero is sold to someone, how long does this transfer take?
You may experience a slight delay during this process (typically a few minutes) depending on the marketplace and blockchain you sell it on. Sadly, that part is outside of our control but in our experience these usually happen fairly quickly. If multiple hours have gone by and you have not received your purchased NFT Hero, please contact our Customer Support department for assistance.
Q: What cryptocurrency is needed to purchase a Bitverse NFT?
A: You'll need to use ETH, Immutable X tokens, or USDC.
Q: What digital wallet is needed to purchase a Bitverse NFT?
A: There are a ton of different options out there that you can use, but for the Bitverse, we recommend using Metamask (https://metamask.io/) or Magic Wallet. To get started, head to their website and either download the app or add the browser extension.
Q: What is being done with the extra NFTs that did not sell during Presale?
A: Once the Generation 0 Presale ends, we will be 'burning'/destroying the remaining Portals and Heroes to protect the value of this Generation of NFT Heroes!
Q: What NFT Perks will be live when NFT functionality is released in November?
A: Here's some additional information about when each perk is planned for release:
► Cross game hero - At launch
► Game progression - At launch
► Special role in discord - At launch
► Access to Bitverse season pass - 2023
► Access to exclusive events - 2023
► Ad free experience - At launch for BHQ, 2023 for BHR/BHA
► Exclusive offers - 2023
► Gem bonus on purchases - By end of 2022
► Exchange bonus - 2023
► Exclusive NFT pet - Usable in 2023
► Exclusive NFT mount - Usable in 2023
► Access to closed betas - TBD
► Stacking bonus - 2023