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Game Analysis: Big Time

Date

19 Jan 2023

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midhat

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7 min read

Game Analysis: Big Time

Highlights


● Big Time is a cooperative, action role-playing game where players assume the role of time-traveling heroes battling across history. It features exciting mash-ups of different time periods, where famous characters, events, and technology collide providing an unforgettable experience.


● Big Time can be played for free and 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.


● Big Time’s in-game economy is based on the following elements and assets: Time Machines, Time Keepers, Hour Glasses, Forges, and SPACE NFTs.


● Big Time offers you the ability to freely trade, buy, and sell NFTs without having an external cryptocurrency wallet. They have introduced their Vault technology, their own patented way of streamlining transactions between buyers and sellers. This technology ensures instant payments and settlements while giving players the surety of safe and secure assets. The Vault increases the security and safety of your NFTs by removing the possibility of lost wallet passwords and information. Their Vault technology also eradicates the need for network fees which is a big bonus for users.


● Over a dozen major guilds have joined the Big Time economy. Some notable examples include Yield Guild Games, Merit Circle, Avocado Guild, Loudgg, Neo Tokyo, and OpenDAO, among many others.


● In May 2021, 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 second round closed an $11 million fund that will be used to invest in game companies adopting its technology.


● Big Time has no token before the game is publicly released. There will be no initial offering or pre-sale of the 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.


● To leverage the strengths to build something new and groundbreaking, 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, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Gears of War, Call of Duty, and Overwatch.


● At the time of writing, Big Time has 251.1K followers on Twitter, 403.5K members on Discord, 24.3K members on Telegram, 12.7K subscribers on YouTube, and 9.1K followers on Twitch.


Overview


Big Time is a cooperative multiplayer RPG that combines fast-action combat, the collectability of NFTs, and a history-spanning adventure through time and space to create a truly unprecedented gaming experience. The game will be played from the third-person perspective and built on Ethereum. Players will explore ancient mysteries and futuristic civilizations as they battle their way through history. Pick up rare NFT Loot, Cosmetics, and Tokens as players fight and defeat enemies. Collect and trade NFTs to decorate the player’s avatar and personal Time Machine, where they can hang out with friends.




Big Time can be played for free and offer limitless environments and infinite replayability. Unlike other blockchain games that require players to set up their own virtual wallets, Big Time integrates the entire system into the game itself, making it a completely seamless process for a non-crypto native to get started.


Gameplay


Set in the distant future at the very end of time where all stars in the universe are blinking out of existence as massive black holes slowly swallow them up.


“Big Time” is the street slang for “Paradox Corporate,” the company that owns time. Paradox Corporate sells “Time Collisions” which act as lifeboats for the survivors looking to escape the depressing existence at the end of the universe. Time Collisions allow survivors to live in the past where they can come and go as quickly as walking through a doorway. But, something has gone very wrong with the alien technology that powers the Time Collisions. All of the Time Collisions have started to crash into each other, accelerating the end of the universe as the walls of time and space collapse.


The main mission will lead players to confront a mysterious threat tearing apart the walls of time and collapsing history in unexpected ways. Join teachers like Albert Einstein and Merlin as you learn tools to battle against Paradox Corporate to save the universe.


—Character Classes
In the beginning, players must choose a starting class. Players will not be able to change classes until they find a Pocket Watch by defeating enemies. Pocket Watches allow players to switch between different classes. Pocket Watches for each class are used to save players’ progress as they level up.










—Weapons 
Weapons will have various stats and will be more or less effective against various types of defenses (currently Barrier, Shielding, Armor, and Health). Each weapon type also has a combo system that is a combination of LMB (Left mouse buttons) and RMB (Right mouse button) clicks.


Here are some weapons in Big Time:



—Gears
Gears fit within a pocket watch. Some grant additional abilities and/or stat bonuses. Some are just rusted gears with no magical properties. Gears can be found in portals or purchased from vendroids. They are available for all classes and can be found as any rarity.


—Armor
Armor has Various Stats and bonuses given when equipped. Armor can be found throughout the world of Big Time or purchased from a vendroid as well. Higher Rarity armor will grant higher stat bonuses as well as maybe even a unique skill.


• Helmet: Armor that protects the wearer’s head
• Shoulders: Armor that is that protects wearer’s shoulders and is adjoined to the chest plate
• Chest: Armor that protects the wearer’s entire torso
• Gloves: Armor that protects the wearer’s hands and wrists
• Leggings: Armor that protects the wearer’s legs & feet


—Bag & Consumables
Bags are Items that give you additional inventory slots & stat bonuses depending on the Tier & Rarity of the bag. Bags can be found in portals dropped by enemies when defeated, and come in many colors and sizes.



Consumables can be found throughout the world of BigTime or purchased from a vendroid.



—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



—Controls




NFTs


Big Time offers two types of NFTs in-game: cosmetic and utility NFTs. The latter gives you the ability to produce, upgrade, and repair in-game items such as rare weapons, armor skins, and the Hourglass, which unlocks token loot. NFTs can be obtained in-game by defeating enemies and bought/sold in the Big Time Marketplace.


—Cosmetic NFTs
Cosmetic NFTs can be found in-game by defeating enemies or purchased from other players in 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 such as strength or dexterity; in that sense, Big Time is not a pay-to-win game. Cosmetic NFTs are produced primarily by Armories and Forges, which are player-operated.
Examples include weapon and armor cosmetic skins.


—Utility NFTs
SPACE NFTs are used in-game to expand your Time Machine. Time Wardens, Forgers, and Armories are installed onto your SPACE to let you engage in the in-game creator economy. For example, Time Wardens produce Hourglass NFTs, which can be equipped to unlock token loot.
Examples include SPACE, Time Wardens, Forges, Armories, and Hourglasses.


SPACE comes in various rarities and sizes. The larger players’ SPACE, the greater players’ production capabilities in-game. The rarity of SPACE dictates the rarity of the items produced. SPACE is not required to play the game. If you would like to produce in-game NFTs, SPACE and its upgrades such as Time Wardens and Forges will be needed.


SPACE is capped at 600,000 total fixed supply. Last December 2021, 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.


Game Economy


Big Time has no token before the game is even out because only those who will play the game (and own SPACE) are eligible to earn it. This also avoids all the token dump scenarios from any investor who might have had access to tokens at a low price. There will be no initial offering or pre-sale of the 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.


Gamers will play to earn tokens as they battle across history, defeating enemies and undertaking dangerous quests. In addition to their collection value, tokens have incredible 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.



1. The tokens and SPACE are intrinsically linked. In order to get started, you’ll need to acquire SPACE for your pocket universe and place a Time Keeper portal.
2. Unlock a Time Keeper in-game or buy one on our marketplace. Once the Time Keeper portal is placed, you may summon this mysterious being of incredible power.
3. Acquire your Hourglass. Gathering tokens requires the use of a special in-game item known as an Hourglass, which can be acquired from the Time Keeper. However, players will also have the option to buy an Hourglass from the marketplace, or borrow one from a guild.
4. With your Hourglass in hand, go hunt for tokens in the game. Properly equipped players may now receive tokens as they battle dangerous enemies and undertake amazing challenges across history.


The sands of time are not unlimited, however. Players must periodically visit the Time Keeper to replenish the sand before they run out. Recharging your Hourglass allows you to keep finding tokens while you play.


Additional Feature



—Big Time’s Vault Technology
One of the most ground-breaking components integrated within the game’s architecture is its patented Vault technology, which natively makes NFT-based gaming accessible to a mass audience, alleviating the need for external wallet management, self-custody of assets, and costly on-chain transactions. Thus, via its Vault, the studio will reportedly store records of items created or purchased in its own database and,


technically, Big Time won’t automatically mint the NFTs on the blockchain to keep transaction costs low.
Technically speaking, via the Vault, players will be able to store their in-game items in an off-chain custody system designed and patented by the Studio. The user experience of the vault is pretty much like having an inventory in any RPG. This essentially equates to a private database where both NFTs and regular items can coexist, enabling players to bring an asset from off-chain to on-chain at any point in time, which could prove to be a valuable proposition as it pertains to the adoption of NFT technology by AAA gaming protocols.


In this case, Big Time Studios is asking users to trust it with security for their items. Some people may object that Ethereum uses a lot of energy. The team noted ways to make it cleaner, such as purchasing carbon credits to offset the energy costs. At some point, Ethereum will move to a better form of verification, away from proof of work associated with heavy mining and computing costs, toward proof of stake, which uses much less energy.


Here's the patent of the Vault technology (for hosted wallets and custodial assets): https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=US320024015&tab=PCTDESCRIPTION

Partners


Big Time Studios announced in May of 2021 that it had raised $21M to introduce non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to the largest game economies. The funds come in two parts: $10.3 million in the first round and $11 million in the second round. FBG Capital lead the first round of funding, along with North Island Ventures, Digital Currency Group, OKEx Blockdream Ventures, Alameda Research, Circle Financial, and Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Venture. The second part of the funding is used to invest in gaming companies that use Big Time Studios’ technologies.



Team



Big Time Studios was founded in April of 2020 and boasts alumni of Epic Games, Riot Games, Blizzard Entertainment, and EA. The goal of the company is to boost adoption of cryptocurrency and NFTs in the gaming industry, while also creating its own games to prove that its NFT platform works.


The game team’s credits include some of the best-loved franchises in gaming history including Fortnite, God of War, Call of Duty, and Overwatch. Being a remote-first company has allowed the team to combine their diverse passions to build a game world with an evocative style and universal themes.


• 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.


The founding team includes 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; Brian Alexander (Overwatch 2, Defiance) as a Lead Writer; TJ Stamm (Call of Duty, Medal of Honor) as a Lead Designer; Doug Wilson (Ultima Online; Command & Conquer) as Director of Ops; and Tom Zhao (League of Legends, Sky: Children of the Light) as a Lead Concept Artist.


Community



At the time of writing, Big Time has 251.1K followers on Twitter, 403.5K members on Discord, 24.3K members on Telegram, 12.7K subscribers on YouTube, and 9.1K followers on Twitch. The team responds quite quickly on Discord to questions and problems raised by the community.


Big Time has the typical Discord channel discussions around gameplay, announcement, game updates, bugs & feedback, beginner guide, NFTs, support, and guild chat. Members from non-English countries are also accepted and given their respective channels for an international chat. In addition, there are fun channels for artwork, and a voice channel for members to create/join parties and play the game together.


Furthermore, Big Time concentrates on interacting with the community, including hosting AMA, giveaways, and holding many special events. There are also community streams that are great for players to socialize and share their experiences playing Big Time. Other than this, the team has regular updates to patch notes on the wiki as well as a forum platform for online discussion boards where people can ask questions, share experiences, and discuss topics of mutual thread.


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