A Deep Dive Into: Star Atlas

Everything You Need to Know About Star Atlas In Under 5 Minutes

Keen on getting in at the ground floor with Star Atlas? Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the Raydium/Apollo-X and FTX initial exchange offerings.

What is STAR ATLAS?

It’s the year 2620. That’s about 300 years after Captain Kirk died or 100 years after Halo’s MasterChief fought the Covenant.

In this time of space war and exploration, there are 3 main factions: The MUD Territory, governed by us humans, the ONI Region which is managed by a group of alien races and the Ustur Sector, controlled by sentient androids.

Choose your faction and it will be your mission to influence the outcome of this intergalactic war while earning rewards, exploring the far reaches of space and no doubt have some fun along the way.

Built on the Unreal Engine 5 nanite (the next-gen game development tool) created by EPIC Games, you can expect gorgeous graphics that will capture the awe of space exploration as we work our way through the metaverse.  

Imagine traversing the skyways with your buddies — each of you in your own NFT ship destroying the enemy and salvaging their ships. It doesn’t end there — utilize planets as mining and staking ports, or even find NFT planets, an attractive destination to visit, before you short it and send raid parties to wreak havoc and pillage resources.

Will you be a pilot? An engineer, a smuggler, a mercenary? Whether its MMO Space exploration, territory control, political conquest, or you just enjoy general grand strategy, this game has it all. 

Pick a star and set the course. 

Star Atlas – Medium

What Problems Are They Solving?

Lack of Immersion & Blockchain Nativity

Building on blockchains and integrating high-end graphics requires firstly, a blockchain that can handle the transactions and secondly, a development engine that modern and future games are being built on.

Sunk Costs

Freemium, Pay to Play / Win, or any purchased games are, in effect, sunk costs. Users can spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on games to acquire better weapons, upgrades, or sweet skins. The financial value you put into the game is unrecoverable (happy experiences aside).

The Removal Of In-Game Value

Contrary to the previous point, many blockchain Play to Earn Games often face issues of earnings being taken out of the game which creates a negative feedback loop for the economy. The game may be fun, but the goal is to earn the money (then trade it for stable or fiat like a job (or reward). 

How Does STAR ATLAS Solve Them?

Developing the Game on SOLANA and Unreal Engine 5

To deliver a purely blockchain-driven universe with full cinematics rendered in real-time, the only place to do it is Solana, capable of processing 50,000 transactions per second, at 400m average block times.  

Unreal Engine 5 allows them to build a game that will compete with the next generation of games, no game has been released on UE5 yet but PS5 and X Box are working hard to deliver their first few (probably Fortnite!) by 2022.

Assets Are 100% Owned By Players

All assets are 100% owned by the player and can be sold on exchanges, NFT markets in or in game stores.

STAR ATLAS will empower people to create value for themselves. Any value you inject into the game will at least have the option to be recoverable, or even increased (if you don’t suck).

NFTs can be sold in and out of game. Staking and mining will all contribute to your earnings and players generate income in ways that have never been possible, regardless of geographical basis. SERUM’s DEX will support the STAR ATLAS economy.

“Star Atlas will provide the most powerful opportunity in human history for players to realize economic benefits through the extraction of in-game virtual earnings into real-world income. This integration optimizes Star Atlas’ long term goals by plugging into Solana’s thriving community, ecosystem, and best in class technology. The overall vision for Star Atlas is not possible on any other blockchain.” .

Michael Wagner, CFA, — Star Atlas, Co-founder & CEO
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Creating A Functional Circular Economy

A functioning metaverse needs a fully functioning circular economy. A true metaverse can mirror real-world experiences. Anything in the real world, or the internet can exist in the metaverse.

So, you’ve destroyed some ships, salvaged some booty. The mining operations are going well, and you have a space exploration contract ready to go.

But you need a break…?

…how about the DeadMau5 VR concert?

Let’s take a few hours off the job and fly your ship to the concert world, pay for the ticket and enjoy the show!

Maybe you prefer the Art World? Host an in-game gallery exhibition featuring space-themed NFTs that can be brought from outside into the game and be displayed on your home planet.

What about experiencing shopping through VR & AR into a fully immersive digital shopping world? Use your In-game earnings to visit your favourite clothing stores just like you would in a mall or online. 

STAR ATLAS is focused on creating a vibrant economy and fostering new virtual experiences. It’s the perfect breeding ground to create novel use-cases and interesting supply-demand economics for the currency to exist.

Speaking of which, let’s get into the token…

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The Atlas & Polis Tokens ($ATLAS, $POLIS)

ATLAS serves as the native in-game currency within Star Atlas. To engage with this metaverse you will need ATLAS to buy your ships, hire the crew, acquire components, own land, and upgrade equipment.

Rewards? ATLAS.

Need to refuel? ATLAS.

NFTs on the marketplace? ATLAS.

Initially, the game currency will be available through two phases of the Galactic Asset Offering (GAO) leading up to launch. Once this is over it can only be earned via in-game activity or sales by other players.

POLIS is the multifunctional DAO governance token that brings the political mechanism to the game. 

  • Control and restrict certain activity within the region
  • Impose taxes
  • Charge tolls
  • Create laws

But fear not! POLIS represents voting rights rather than dictatorial ownership, which will involve the collaboration of multiple players to make these changes.

POLIS will allow holders (once 2-3 years of centralized decision making has passed) to influence game economics such as inflation rates, asset release schedules and give the players some degree of control over their future investments.

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Simplified, if this were Star Wars, ATLAS would be Republic credits and POLIS would be your representation in the Galactic Senate.

Aside from STAR ATLAS token repurchase and burn program (from in-game and traditional revenue), Star Atlas has a deflationary mechanism based on value and risk.

Creating ships and weapon NFTS requires investment. A loss of a ship outside of the safe zones leads to permanent destruction (burn) of the NFT, however, the victor in this engagement can claim the spoils as salvaged NFTs, but a fraction share of what was destroyed.

High risk, high reward with a natural deflation of assets over time. 

Star Atlas’ Core Team

Michael Wagner (CEO & Founder) has many years of experience with decentralized financial technology starting up Multichain Ventures back in 2013 with 10 years of experience working with cryptocurrency technology including EDEN, Automata and Tokes Platform.

Jacob Floyd (CTO) has over 10 years’ experience in building gaming and blockchain apps as well as working in the fintech industries. 

Danny Floyd (CPO) Started as a computer artist for Electronic Arts, Danny has spent the last 20 years fine-tuning his skills and is now the Art Director at 1047 games. 

Investors & Partners

  • Venture Capitalists such as Moonwhale VenturesGD10 Ventures, Petrock Capital and Spark Digital Capital
  • Serum (Whom FTX and Alameda Research are core ecosystem advisors of the Serum Foundation)
  • Music and soundtracks to be composed by DeadMau5 
  • Neil Armstrong’s IP estate, in collaboration with US Space force and SpaceX for the Rebirth Event. 

Funding Rounds

Fundraising rounds will occur through several phases of asset sales 

  • Opensea Galactic Asset Offering (GAO),
  • Browser Mini Game, 
  • Shipyard Module Sale 
  • Final Pre-Sale at Beta.

Many of these assets will be limited editions and not available once the game starts. They include and are not limited to: crew, components, and ships.

The ReBirth Event launched April 24th – July 24th . The Digital Art campaign ‘Genesis of the Metaverse’ focused on meta posters, multimedia digital art pieces that include audio soundscapes from DeadMau5, Renze, Maejor, Blond:ish.

Shared Immersive were involved in creating the art for a full 3-D immersive experience which is unravelling the story of STAR ATLAS. The posters also were packaged with in-game rewards such as unique skins, ship parts, crew, pets and emotes

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In partnership with FTX, Raydium and Apollo-X, an allocation of both metaverse tokens will be available to participants eager to experience the future of 21st-century economics.

An amount of ATLAS and POLIS tokens equal to $1 million will be allocated through the FTX initial exchange offering.

An additional $500,000 of ATLAS and POLIS tokens will be available for sale through the initial decentralized exchange (DEX) offerings on Raydium and Apollo-X.

These channels ensure a fair, equal and widely distributed token sale that is in line with the values Star Atlas represents. Further measures will be taken to prevent an imbalanced concentration of ownership.

Token Release & Distribution

ATLAS

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POLIS

20% Sale during the GAO offering

The balance will be earned through staking ATLAS, at the cost of having less ATLAS to use as in game currency. 

Security Audits

Likely to occur once the features start coming online

Roadmap

The team has mentioned they will focus on getting pieces of gameplay out in an iterative fashion. Rather than waiting 5 years to drop the final package they will learn and adapt along the way. 

  • Brower Mini Game with direct integration with Serum (August 2021?) 
  • Shipyard Module. You can buy and deploy assets to start generating game income. Upgrade items based on time spent and income earned. Buy and showcase NFTs in your ship. 
  • Pre-Alpha Game Release Q2/Q3 2022. 

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Wrapping Up

With a state-of-the-art blockchain, UE5 graphics, serverless and secure multiplayer gameplay and decentralized financial technology, STAR ATLAS vision has high aspirations. The focus is on giving the player the tools, the experience, and the ability to take part in a world, make it their own and generate income for themselves.

Michael Wagner claimed interview they could potentially be the largest employer in the world with an infinite amount of jobs. Again, lofty aspirations, and what we love to hear.

The community will form and forge the future of Star Atlas with player-created content and discovery. Over time the developers will take a step back and allow it to become a fully decentralized model and empower its players to take control of their gaming destiny.

STAR ATLAS is boldly going where many are trying to go. With their self-proclaimed ‘unrelenting optimism’, it might just be the one that succeeds.

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Keen on getting in at the ground floor with Star Atlas? Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the Raydium/Apollo-X and FTX initial exchange offerings.
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