A new ‘gaming blockchain and metaverse studio’ led by veterans from PlayStation and Activision is aiming to attract 2.7 billion gamers.

Emergent Games has been formed as part of a £4 million joint venture between London-based digital entertainment studio Maze Theory and crypto technology and operations business Pluto Digital.

Maze Theory comprises veterans from PlayStation, Activision and NCSoft and has released Doctor Who and Peaky Blinders games across virtual reality, PC, mobile and console.

Pluto Digital is a crypto technology company with market-leading expertise across blockchain, decentralised finance, metaverse technologies and non-fungible tokens. 

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Emergent Games will aim to offer players accessible free-to-play games which can be played just for fun or to engage with the crypto NFT element and earn real money.

Emergent Games’ first project, Resurgence, will take players on a journey from present-day disaster to a post-apocalyptic future. The game gives complete control to the player to craft their own destiny by utilising resources in a unique community-based survival concept.

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Ian Hambleton, CEO of Emergent Games, said: “Emergent Games has a strong ‘game first’ philosophy which means creating absolutely awesome games for all gamers, with an optional crypto element, enhancing the experience for those interested. 

“We believe this approach is not only the right thing to do, but removes barriers for players moving into blockchain games.

“Story-living is a term we coined for the concept and technology driving our games. It’s where players are inside a virtual world making meaningful choices that drive the narrative. 

“Bringing this into a massively multiplayer online role-playing game will offer new and incredible experiences for players and form a significant role in the future of gaming.”