While Steam, the biggest PC games marketplace, is vehemently against NFTs, it’s second-rate competitor Epic Games Store is not. This has led to the launch of Grit, a Western-themed battle royale that shoves crap NFTs into its crap, asset-flip gameplay.
Does Grit game use NFTs?
Announced back in 2021, Grit was pitched as a battle royale for fans of the Western genre. Now, one year later, the still-unreleased multiplayer shooter is vying for popularity by trying to appeal to the dying NFT market.
Partnering with blockchain company Gala Games, Grit claims that each player can have an “entirely unique character” that can never be copied.
The game’s official website claims that its blockchain nature offers “generative Hero NFTs [that] allow you to own your gunslinger and access cosmetic loadout slots, increased earning potential, and more.” Everything already achievable with standard Game profiles and accounts.
It doesn’t help that the first gameplay reveal of Grit also looked like complete pants. Shared by NFT game streamer Brycent, the first footage of the “next-gen” NFT game was low-quality, hand-cam footage of the streamer shooting at a wall.
The streamer then claimed that “Twitter destroyed the quality completely” but “ in person the game looks sick and plays very well!” Afterwards, another video was shared, showing even more bland gameplay.
The NFTs are just store-bought assets
Of course, for those into the plagiarism-filled, fraudulent NFT market, there is something for them: NFTs, of course! However, just like a lot of NFTs, Grit’s crypto assets are literally just bought from the Unreal Asset Store.
For all who attended the game’s Galaverse reveal event, an NFT was given out for the upcoming game. That unique asset was an “Epic” grade horse. Of course, the horse was purchased from the Unreal store.
As pointed out by brilliant Senior Character Designer on Apex Legends, Liz Edwards, the NFT horse is simply one of three horses included in the “Horse for Heroes” asset pack.
Anyone can purchase the asset pack and plop it into an Unreal, or other game engine, game. A ticket to the event to get the horse cost $8000. Even worse, Grit’s mainstay characters — “Generative Hero NFTs” — are also ripped straight from a store asset pack, this time the $250 “Western NFT” pack. One Gunslinger Box containing a character costs around $600.
Is Grit game a scam?
It’s not a scam to use Unreal Store assets in a full-released video game. After all, that’s what they’re for, and brilliant games have been released with store bought assets in the past. However, to sell a store-bought asset as a “unique” NFT for far more than it’s worth is absolutely dodgy.
As gamers have proven to companies like Ubisoft, NFTs are not welcome in the gaming space. To be honest, they’re not exactly welcome anywhere. Maybe that’s for the best. (It is.)