Everyone would agree that Minecraft is one of the most popular and successful games of all time, and for good reason. It is essentially a sandbox video game which Markus ‘Notch’ Persson had created in the Java programming language.
There are two main game modes in Minecraft, namely ‘Creative’ and ‘Survival’. Players are dropped into a new world and challenged to use the resources available to them to build shelter, procure important resources like food and water, and craft tools to help them construct the universe in which they wish to reside.
In a way, Minecraft provided an early example of what a metaverse could be, and that is exactly what led to a Minecraft-oriented game being released on the SXP blockchain and the formation of District 53.
Solar’s history and Minecraft’s relationship with DeFi
Unfortunately, the most recent update to Minecraft’s policy states unequivocally that they shall not support blockchain, crypto, or NFTs. Those who are impacted by the Minecraft policy will therefore have to look for alternative Minecraft-oriented platforms for their creative work, and this is where District 53 comes into play.
As previously alluded to, Solar is a community-driven blockchain project aimed at creating a true governance ecosystem. As they become part of a larger ecosystem, their blockchain will eventually offer a wide range of characteristics and services to help enterprise-grade applications. Solar is hence completely focused on a community-based mission, inviting users to participate in their governance system or even contribute to their platform as a delegate, voter, or by taking part in their metaverse.
Since then, the team has released a ‘blockcraft’ implementation akin to Minecraft for customers to participate in what will soon be a vast metaverse. Most recently, with the formation of the Minecraft-oriented game District 53 for desktop and mobile, the Solar project hopes to continue its advancement toward the creation of a viable and innovative metaverse.
Understanding District 53
District 53 is a voxel-based virtual desktop and mobile metaverse game. It has unique characteristics that make use of the SXP blockchain and the Minetest codebase. With District 53, future plans involve users being able to buy digital real estate, hire construction workers or use their own skills to create their dream home, interact with other players by joining them on all sorts of exciting missions and quests, go underground and mine rare blocks to sell to other players on the market, and so much more.
When it comes to District 53, users would thus really only be limited by their own imagination. Finally, although District 53 is currently in its beta stage, users are being encouraged to participate in the live testing phase which can subsequently provide important feedback on user experience prior to the official launch.
What makes District 53 unique?
When users look closely at District 53, they will notice that many productive aspects from established metaverse projects, like Decentraland and The Sandbox, will be fully integrated, such as the option to buy land via an auction format. When bought, the land will be delivered to the user’s wallet address as a non-fungible token. Users will also be allowed to enter the District 53 game using this same wallet address as an NFT, thereby helping to build as well as modify these assets. Furthermore, this land shall be under the holder’s control until they decide to sell. Eventually, sales will then take place on the Solar NFT marketplace as part of the project’s future plans, with the seller receiving all of the proceeds.
In addition, users will also be able to enjoy much more than just in-game land activity. They will be allowed to participate in a variety of in-game transactions that shall include mini-games as an opportunity to earn SXP. Lastly, District 53 is being developed to also cater to businesses, thereby providing future opportunities for brands, companies, firms and developers to advertise their respective offerings along with any other product or service in the main square. This also happens to be the location where the users will be able to spawn into the game.
Looking to the future
Ultimately, the metaverse concept is not going away anytime soon, quite the opposite in fact. With major companies like Samsung, JPMorgan and Emirates all building their own metaverses, the time is now to enter this burgeoning industry.
With that being said, it would indeed seem that District 53 has plenty to offer, and anyone interested in reaching out for a potential partnership or collaboration may do so at their leisure. For more information, be sure to check out District 53’s open beta site along with the official Discord and Telegram channels.