- Splinterlands will add special Runi cards based on Ethereum.
- Runi will grant future benefits for staking and will have a repair function.
- Runi may become more scarce with time through burning.
Splinterlands, one of the top P2E and Web3 games based on smart contract activity, is also bringing a new NFT feature. Splinterlands has opened the minting period for Runi, its high-level class of creatures. After the free airdrop and the early bird allow list price, currently Runi creatures have a mint price of 0.38 ETH. The new cross-chain NFT are mintable on OpenSea, and are compatible with Splinterlands and its representation on HIVE and WAX blockchains.
Runi will be playable creatures, which can also take damage within the game. For that reason, Splinterlands has also brought a form of fusion, where a player can combine two Runi and repair one of them, while burning the other.
The other role of Runi would be in staking, where players will use the Ethereum network version to lock the cards in a special smart contract. The cards, however, will remain usable within the game. Additionally, Runi cards can be used in the game or rented informally.
What Will Be the Utility of Runi
Not all Runi features are finalized, but overall, owners are expected to have exclusive game access and to receive bonuses during the card’s lifetime.
Runi are still reaching their buyers and are a novelty item for Splinterlands. Each Runi is unique, based on a combination of a list of features. The NFT buyers will also own the rights to their specific art minted as NFT.
Splinterlands uses its popularity to organize an NFT event during an otherwise slow market. However, the potential for staking and in-game usage may attract the game’s fans. Splinterlands already carries more than 160K players per day, of which some still want NFT ownership.
Splinterlands remains the second most active game after Alien Worlds. The game has been around since 2018 and is one of the top trading card games, similar to Gods Unchained. The game avoided using Ethereum until recently, instead using WAX as the go-to blockchain for item and card trading. Splinterlands offers a P2E model which is voted in by the community and has so far remained sustainable even during the bear market.