Most fans are disappointed due to 2K’s decision to delay the release of its NFL arcade game. However, the League is stepping in and delighting fans with its decision to partner with Mythical Games to create its first-ever blockchain game called NFL Rivals. We don’t have too many details of what the game will be like, but we eagerly wait for a tidbit of news.
According to the description provided by NFL, the game will allow people to tap into their fantasy of becoming a General Manager and handling the reins of their team in the league. Gamers will compete against other GMs and their teams while developing, expanding, and upgrading their teams. They can also own, accumulate, and exchange non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of their favorite players, thus providing a personalized gaming experience.
There are no screenshots or trailers for NFL Rivals, so we’re in the dark so far. However, NFL has turned the excitement up a notch by announcing the release of the “Rarity League” drops, which have taken the collectors’ world by storm. These drops contain 32 sets of unique and custom 3D NFL-themed NFTs that will be released sometime before the game.
Gauging the description provided to us, we can imagine that NFL Rivals will be closer to Football Manager, allowing gamers to build, expand, and manage their teams and battle it out against other gamers. But it will also venture a little towards fantasy football, suggesting a combination of both. We can only hope that it doesn’t rip off the Ultimate Team gameplay from the Madden franchise. It already allows you to build rosters and earn rewards while also managing the day-to-day aspects of managing a team.
As per reports, you can expect to play NFL Rivals on the web and mobile web early next year, and you can check out its updates and news on its Discord. According to Mythical Games Chief Creative Officer Jamie Jackson, adding NFTs to the mix will greatly enhance the gaming experience, especially the team management aspect. The play-and-own aspect will also provide gamers with a new way to represent and play with their favorite teams and players.
The concept of blockchain games has been around for quite some time, but it always comes with uncertainty, especially due to a lack of awareness among new gamers. To tackle this, Mythical Games has come up with the concept of a custodial wallet, which will allow gamers to play NFL Rivals without having to worry about what goes on in the background. However, some have argued that not having the keys to the blockchain would imply a lack of ownership.
The creators allow more experienced players to link their wallets with its proprietary Mythical Chain and the public mainnet through bridges. Still, as we have seen in the case of the Axie Infinity NFT hack that wiped out $600 million, bridges have a lot of security loopholes. Mythical is backed by a $150 million venture capital investment to further its efforts into Web 3.0 and the blockchain, so we can hope they have a solution to the security concerns.
For now, we don’t have a game to tell you about since it is just a title. However, NFL and Mythical Games seem ready to offer gamers the chance to buy and own NFTs while also managing their favorite teams.
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