FIFA has announced the launch of the open beta version of its World Cup AI League, a mobile soccer strategy game that uses AI for its characters, cosmetics, and gameplay elements.
The Web3 AI company Altered State Machine made the game, which is now available on Android and will soon be available on iOS.
Characters in the game are brightly colored and look like cartoons. They are directed by AI, which also decides what their strengths and weaknesses are. Players take on the roles of team coaches and owners, and the game’s current maps are based on places like Paris and Seoul.
AI League is currently a free-to-play game, but an Altered State representative has stated that the game will soon have an NFT marketplace.
The characters in the game will be turned into NFTs, and from now on, all characters will be represented by NFTs. The NFT will be put into place later so that the user experience is smooth and players aren’t too focused on or distracted by the NFT features.
The game has an in-game money that users can use to buy cosmetic upgrades for their characters. However, that currency is not a cryptocurrency because trading in cryptocurrencies is limited.
In the Web3 space, it has become usual for games to start out in a traditional “Web2” form without NFT or crypto features and then add them later.
FIFA is no stranger to the crypto world and has enlisted a crypto sponsor for the 2022 World Cup and launched an NFT platform. It has also partnered with other Web3 game studios for World Cup-themed integrations.
Aaron McDonald, a co-founder of Altered State Machine, said that the game’s goal is to get casual gamers interested in AI gaming in the metaverse. This will give football fans a new way to interact with their favorite sport.
AI technology is used in the game, and both FIFA and Altered State Machine plan to add NFTs. The characters look like they could be from a Pixar movie or the famous video game Fall Guys.
The game is in open test right now, and soon it will be available on iOS. The AI controls how the characters move and also decides what their skills and weaknesses are.
The game is free to play right now, and the company hopes to open an NFT marketplace for it soon. When that happens, the characters of the game will be made into NFTs, and from then on, all characters will be represented by NFTs.
In the Web3 space, it’s becoming more usual to delay the NFT deployment in order to give users a smooth experience and keep players from focusing too much on the NFT elements.
Users can use in-game money to buy cosmetic upgrades for their players, but it’s not a cryptocurrency because trading in cryptocurrencies is limited.
The 2022 World Cup will be sponsored by a cryptocurrency, and FIFA has started an NFT platform. It has also worked with other Web3 game studios to make World Cup-themed integrations.