Project Insight: Aurory – A PlayToEarn Game on Solana

Powered by Solana and Serum, Aurory is attempting to bring the sophistication of Web2 games to the decentralized community and set a benchmark within Web3 games.

Introducing Aurory

Aurory is a Solana-based PlayToEarn Japanese Role-Playing Game (JRPG) made for desktop gamers to explore its rich and diverse in-game universe. The game was designed and developed with the main goal to maximize gamer enjoyment and satisfaction through high-quality game mechanics, fair rewards, and deep economics mechanics. 

$AURY––the native utility token of the game’s ecosystem––lies at the heart of the game, enabling the token’s in-game economy to function in a systematic manner by fueling all the operations on the game.

Source: Aurory Website

The Aurory Project, the team behind the development of the game, plans to ship multiple games with a core focus on bringing new experiences to people all over the world.

A Sneak Peek Into Aurory’s World

The Aurory world is split between two parallel worlds: Antik and Tokané. Ankit is a place where wealth and power are concentrated in the hands of a few. The creatures of Antik are subject to constant abuse and subjugation by their masters and have turned violent and desperate to leave the environment. However, a mysterious benefactor has constructed a new world called Tokané, which is populated by beautiful, colorful creatures known as Nefties, who live as nature intended. Wealth is spread equitably in this world, with no single entity powerful enough to dominate the others. 

Antik’s governors have uncovered Tokané’s existence and have established a portal between realms. Antik residents are infiltrating Tokané, fleeing their masters, corrupting the Nefties, and greedily staking their claims. And their overlords aren’t far behind.

Source: Aurory Whitepaper

Antik is in trouble. The Barons––the world’s wealthiest business leaders––have triggered a financial meltdown by gambling away funds entrusted to them by the Antik people. To avoid a total collapse, the rulers of Antik regularly settled the Barons’ debts with cash raised from the citizens. As a result, the citizens are overburdened with little reward, while the Barons become even wealthier. It is the end of freedom, with affluent owners wielding all power and struggling workers having none. 

Eventually, a hero stepped forward. In order to address the flaws plaguing Antik, an individual known as ‘Satoshi’ devised a decentralized financial system that could not be controlled by a single institution. This decentralized financial systemoffered freedom for the oppressed citizens and victims of the ruler’s currency manipulations. 

However, ‘Satoshi believed that in Antik, the Barons would never allow such a system to exist as it would make them irrelevant. Eventually, he discovered a portal to the parallel world called Tokané. He used a device called ‘Mintorc’ to build a one-of-a-kind Nefty with the ability to form a portal between their two worlds, allowing him to traverse between them freely. This Nefty is called ‘Helios.’ 

Characters of the Aurory World

Nefties: Tokané’s natural residents are Nefties, mystical creatures that populate the wilderness. They have special talents for self-defense but cannot defend against the FUDs who invaded Antik. Sam and Helios explore Tokané to gather and rally different Nefties. Together, they intend to organize the Nefties into a combat force capable of defeating FUDs and their Baron overlords.

Source: Aurory Whitepaper

FUDs: FUDs are the twisted husks of employees who have fallen victim to the Barons’ influence. They have lost their autonomy and are at the mercy of the Barons. In their invasion of Tokané, the Barons utilized them as front-line infantry. A FUD clings onto a Nefty to corrupt it, turning it vicious and angry.

Sam: He is one of the many Antik laborers who has been subjugated by the Barons and is now looking for a fresh start in Tokané. Helios, a mystical Nefty that serves as his guide and partner, transports him to Tokané. Sam does not want to return to Antik, but he thinks that unless he can keep the Barons out of Tokané, they will overrun this world and convert it into another Antik.

Helios: When Satoshi first gained access to Tokané and fractured it into pieces, he created Helios. He is a wealth of information on Tokané, the Nefties, and the Vestiges of Power. Sam and Helios repel the invading Barons and FUDs and recruit Nefties to their cause while looking for a method to save Tokané by retrieving the Vestiges.

Game Dynamics

The story of Sam and Helios unfolds through new releases themed around a catastrophe–usually, an invading enemy inflicting havoc on Tokané, but it can also include other devastating world events. The game offers two modes which are as follows:

Player-vs-Environment (PvE): This is the single-player mode in which players learn about crypto, blockchain, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), and other topics by following the adventures of the protagonists: Sam and Helios. Players will take control of both heroes as they enlist Nefties to their cause and battle the manipulative and dominating Barons. 

These stories take place in Tokané’s universe and its different biomes. Players will encounter various characters and learn about Tokané’s hidden mysteries. A significant portion of the lore will be based on real-world crypto people, events, and issues. In this mode, players are rewarded with NFTs of the characters they just defeated and $AURY for completing game chapters.

Player-vs-Player (PvP): This is the multi-player mode in which players learn to use their assets in order to get to the top of the scoreboard and compete against other players. Two prerequisites need to be satisfied in order to access the PvP mode. Players need to assemble a team of three Nefties which they can obtain via borrowing from the available weekly pool, hatch Nefty eggs in the game or purchase Nefties from the marketplace using AURY. They are also required to stake a certain amount of AURY to access the PvP mode. Most accomplished players are awarded with AURY tokens, unique skins, and other exclusive rewards.  

Aurory World Championships: In addition to the aforementioned modes, Aurory organizes world championship events where the most accomplished players compete at the highest level. Aurory’s Golden Ticket is required to access these exclusive events. It can be obtained in the following ways:

Winning regular tournaments.

By accessing rare drops in PvE mode.

Purchased on the marketplace.

The game’s ecosystem is designed considering four major aspects:

Engagement – Both PvE and PvP engagement.

Scarcity

Deflationary Mechanisms

AURY Token – The core in-game asset of the Aurory ecosystem.

$AURY Token & Other In-Game Assets

Source: Critical Aspects of AURY Economy

A brief overview of key in-game assets:

AURY token: It is a multi-utility token that forms the core of the game’s economics and drives all its operations. It represents the player’s financial stake in the game, allowing access to PvP modes through staking, and can be used to access dungeons. It has a fixed supply of 100 million tokens and can be obtained through PvE and PvP game modes and staking. Aury is available for trading on controlled and decentralized exchanges and Aurory’s in-game marketplace. It also serves as a governance token allowing holders to vote on critical game-development developments. 

Source: AURY Tokenomics

To sum up, the AURY token can be used for the following:

• Buy and sell NFT creatures, items, cosmetics, and cards.

• Reward players for advancing in the solo PvE mode.

• Reward players for winning battles.

• Enter the battle Arena via staking protocols.

• Integrate the virtual economy with real-world economies via centralized or decentralized exchanges (DEX).

Source: AURY Token Distribution

AURY can also be staked to earn impressive yields. There are two staking options offered at the time of writing, such as a flexible pool and a locked pool, with the locked pool offering almost double the Annual Percentage Yield (APY) compared to the flexible pool. 

Source: Aurory Website

OKA and TOKE Sub-Currencies: The AURY token also has two sub-currencies of its own: OKA and TOKE (Only used in PvE mode). In their most basic form, these sub-currencies function as an accounting mechanism that facilitates the distribution of income made by players and are only found in-game (not as SPL tokens). Both can be exchanged for a corresponding amount of AURY at the end of each week.

Aurorian NFTs: The NFTs can be obtained via playing the solo game mode (PvE) and defeating creatures, using AURY to purchase on the marketplace, and staking AURY tokens to be eligible for random NFT drops. They offer the following benefits to players:

3D skins can serve as a player’s visual identity within the game. 

Display as ‘Badge of Authenticity’ on all leaderboards to prove that its owner was an early supporter. 

Provide owners with early access to new game modes before they are released. 

Enhance the gaming experience by granting access to several special modes with increased rewards. 

Entitle owners to free NFT airdrops (both collectible and functional in-game NFTs). 

Reward owners depend on the overall volume of transactions in Aurory’s in-game marketplace.

Allow owners to vote in the DAOry’s decision-making process.

DAOry: It is Aurory’s decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) which is operated primarily by the community of Aurorian NFT holders. It is funded with 1000 SOL from the initial sale, 1.75% of NFT sales in terms of royalties from the marketplace, 5% of total token supply, and a percentage of in-game marketplace fees.

Marketplace: Players can use the marketplace to trade game assets and various commodities like nefties, eggs, golden tickets, cosmetics, etc. Players can spend AURY on strengthening their Nefties, gaining access to better items, and collecting highly sought NFTs. Each sale in the marketplace will be subject to a 5% royalty fee. This fee will be split evenly between the treasury, staking rewards, and the DAOry. It will create substantial benefits for both the competitive scene (PvP) and the Aurory World Championships.

Team & Funding

Aurory’s team comprises experienced and talented individuals from the gaming and cryptocurrency industry. It claims to have some of the most experienced teams in the entire PlayToEarn ecosystem. The key team members are as follows:

Jonathan Campeau is the Executive Producer with 18 years of experience in companies such as Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, and Minority. 

Stephen Carmignani is the Creative Director with 22 years of experience and has previously worked for Infogames/Atari, Ubisoft, Eidos, EA, Warner Brothers, Minority, and Rovio. 

Yann Penno is the Studio Head and Art Director with 13 years of experience working for various independent studios. 

Aurory is also supported by an eminent group of angel advisors such as Tristan Yver (Head of Strategy at FTX.US), Darren Lau (Founder of DailyApe), and Daryl Lau( Not3Lau). The Solana-based PlayToEarn game has seen funding participation from prominent crypto and blockchain venture capital firms like Alameda Research, Animoca Brands, Solana Ventures, CMS Holdings, Genblock Capital, Zee Prime Capital, and Ascensive Asset Management, amongst others.

Source: Aurory Website

Recent Developments

As reported by Web3Wire, the Aurory Project released a new version of the game’s manifesto/whitepaper on February 21 that added details about the lore, the in-game mechanics, and the token design of the ecosystem to add better context for the newcomers to the game.

OpenSea, the world’s largest NFT marketplace, as a part of its recent integration of Solana NFTs onto their platform, listed the Aurory NFT collection on the marketplace on April 7. The floor price of the collection is currently at 38 SOL tokens, and the volume traded on OpenSea in the 3-day span since the listing has surpassed 155 SOL tokens already. 

On Magic Eden, the collection has a floor price of 34 SOL with an average sale price of 35.84 SOL. Being one of the prominent NFTs in the Solana ecosystem, at the time of writing, the all-time traded volume accounts for 258638 SOL.

A look at the State of Aurory Address from March 2022 reveals that the team has been working on the following:

Design components such as base mechanics, opponent Ai design & UI/IX components.

NFT roster completion by the Character Art team on the 3D Aurorian NFT designs.

Provision of mini-game and miscellaneous item concept support. 

Development of Tokané by the Environment Arts team. 

Addition of a bonus level to FUDs battle area.  

Concluding Thoughts

Aurory is one of the leading GameFi ecosystems built on the Solana network. Its native token, AURY, has gained massive traction with gamers and retail investors alike. At the time of writing, the token trades in the range just above the $10 mark and has a market cap of $98.35 million.

Source: Aurory Dashboard

Additionally, there are over 6.2 million AURY tokens staked through the game and its platform. Out of which, 2.66 million AURY tokens are locked up in the flexible pool with an APR of around 28%. The remaining 5.57 million AURY tokens are locked in the fixed pool at an APR of 52%.

Source: Aurory Dashboard

As the Aurory Project team shows commitment and dedication to the development of the game’s ecosystem and tokenomics, the game seems to be in safe hands and set to capitalize on the growth of the Solana GameFi ecosystem as a whole.

Find more about Aurory here:

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Source : web3wire.news

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