Big Time is a play-to-win multiplayer action RPG with cryptocurrency and NFTs – that’s a tongue twister. In other words, it is an RPG where players can earn cryptocurrency in a virtual world, own SPACE, and collect digital assets. The developers behind Big Time have stellar experience with contributions to big-name games like Fortnite, Call of Duty, and Overwatch. Also, one of the founders of Dencentraland, Ari Meilich, is the CEO of Big Time Studios.
Big Time allows you to join players to explore and fight in time and space, hunt monsters, decorate your avatar and personal time machine with NFTs. Backed by an all-star team, expectations are high, to say the least.
- 2022 release date
- Buy SPACE now
- Experienced developers
- Multiplayer RPG
- NFT collectibles
- Four character classes
What is BigTime?
Big Time will be released in 2022. We don’t have a solid release date yet, but users who purchased one of the 12,000 VIP passes released in December 2021 will be able to play the early access version scheduled for early 2022.
The game is set to be free. The developer, Big Time Studios, has stated that you can absolutely work your way up to earn SPACE and get NFT items through the game. You don’t have to accept it. The first explainer videos emphasize this point, so it’s not something we hope to change in the future. This can play a role in eroding the viability of guilds, as can academics. They don’t have to rent.
Big Time, in a nutshell, is a multiplayer blockchain game.
Big Time presents something of an alternate reality, where history is collapsing in on itself thanks to a great evil that you, and theoretically every other squad in the game, is collectively fighting against. Players can participate in certain timelines involving actual historical figures like Genghis Kahn, Billy the Kid, Albert Einstein, Joan of Arc, and the like. Though it’s unclear how these NPCs will interact with player characters; maybe they just evoke a setting.
Big Time announced in November 2021 that it will have its own in-game token and SPACE NFT (working much like virtual packs in other metaverse games), but the crypto token has not been named as of this writing. . There will be no pre-sale or early offer of this token to anyone (including developers), so the token is planned to be completely community driven. The main way to acquire this token will be playing.
The game is a great project; implement cryptographic play-to-win, metaverse and NFT games. In a sense, it is fully embracing the ideals of Web3: decentralization and token-based economies on the Internet.
While all of these aspects are relatively new to many, Meillich says that “people with no blockchain experience will start collecting NFTs that have real value without having any prior knowledge of blockchain technology.”
With 1,700 Reddit users on the Big Time subreddit and over 191,000 followers on Twitter, Big Time is generating some buzz. This is what we know so far.
Playing Big Time
Big Time is a cooperative action RPG played from a third-person perspective. Players can form groups of six and explore a large 3D world and Destiny-style hub called Epoch City. The experience seems to take its visual cues from No Man’s Sky, Destiny, Fortnite, and even Skylanders. Resembling a bit like black hole portals, time machines are used to take the squad into dungeon instances, where a combination of real-time melee and magic-based combat is used to go through swaths of enemies. These time machines can also be decorated with player-owned NFT artifacts and used to trade character classes.
Players can meet up and form a party of six before embarking on a journey into the game’s dungeons, where they battle enemies, overcome challenges, and collect items. Collected items can be used to upgrade your own characters or can be exchanged for other cryptocurrencies or fiat.
Big Time has its own NFT marketplace that allows players to seamlessly trade, buy or sell in-game assets through its proprietary Vault technology, which allows for credit or debit card payments.
The gameplay includes timelines that allow players to use the same character to venture down class paths whenever they want, furthering an expansive in-game metaverse. Users gain access to a multiplayer digital world with multiple timelines to travel within.
- Time Warrior – Known for melee combat and aggressive play.
- Chronomancer – Known for his magic, precision, tactics, and ranged attacks.
- Shadowblade — known for his stealth and speed
- Quantum Fixer – Known for his support abilities such as buffing and healing.
The player uses a time machine to move through the timelines, and in a unique twist, players are not limited to one class or another. You are free to switch between classes with the same character, and then select your preferred playstyle at any time (or should it be a timeline?). We bet there will be some strategy involved in building a squad of players that complement each other in battle.
Big Time Weapon
Each weapon used throughout their travels has attributes that can complement the class the player uses. These are some of the weapons in the game:
- Battle Axe – A razor-sharp edge makes it an ideal weapon for one-on-one engagements.
- Dual Blades – A speedy weapon that is ideal for attacking multiple enemies at once.
- Two-Handed Greatsword – A massive sword meant to clear paths through enemies.
- Sword and Shield Combo: A one-handed saber that is powerful and fast. Along with a tough shield, which allows users to choose their strategy and pick an opening.
- Quantum Staff – A Chronomancer exclusive that casts ranged spells to fight enemies from a distance.
- The Warhammer – A hammer with powerful blows that allows players to defend against numerous enemies.
What is the Big Time’s Token?
At the time of writing, the Big Time utility token has not been named.
The token will be earned through gameplay (by fighting and defeating enemies) and will be used to purchase in-game cosmetic NFTs, repair weapons, and speed up crafting times.
How to buy Big Time token
Obtaining the Big Time in-game token will require unlocking or purchasing something called the Time Keeper (a “being” of incredible power), which will allow you to obtain another item called the Hourglass. Players will also have the option to purchase an hourglass from the market.
With an hourglass, you can go out and look for the game tiles. You will have to replenish the “sands of time” inside your hourglass with the help of the timekeeper to continue collecting tokens.
At the time of writing, the token has not been named and is not available on crypto exchanges.
It appears that NULL may not be available to buy on an exchange in the US.
You can still buy NULLs using a decentralized exchange (DEX) instead. Decentralized exchanges are web applications that run on blockchains like Ethereum and allow users to trade any asset directly with each other.
How to buy NULL using a decentralized exchange.
- Find NULL on a decentralized exchange and make sure that NULL can be exchanged for ETH, which is Ethereum’s native asset. Popular DEXs include Uniswap, SushiSwap, and 1INCH.
- Buy ETH to trade for NULL using an exchange like Gemini. You will need to buy enough ETH to exchange for NULL, as well as ETH to pay transaction fees on the Ethereum network (known as gas). You can use a service like Etherscan to get an idea of how much gas fees are currently.
- Transfer the ETH to a web 3.0 wallet like MetaMask to connect to the DEX.
- Exchange ETH for NULL in the DEX of your choice, following the instructions on the screen. Make sure you leave enough ETH in your wallet to pay for gas.
- Wait for the transaction to finish and the NULL tokens will arrive in your wallet.
- Now you can save the tokens in your web 3.0 wallet or transfer them to a more secure place such as a hardware wallet.
You can follow the same process when you want to sell your tokens, or come back to this page to see if they can now be traded on an exchange in the US.
How does play to win work in Big Time?
There are three main ways for users to earn while playing Big Time:
Gathering NFT Items During Dungeon Quests: Gathering NFT items can be done by killing the bosses in the game’s dungeons. The player who kills the final boss in a dungeon gets the NFT drop. These items will be cosmetic to avoid a pay to win situation.
Flipping NFTs on the Market – Flipping NFTs allow users to earn in-game profit without necessarily playing the game, as they can buy an NFT with crypto or fiat currency on the Market and sell it at a higher price later.
Sell in-game economy token: Players can receive token rewards while participating in battles and completing in-game quests. These tokens can be used to purchase ultra rare and exclusive cosmetic NFTs, as well as craft items or repair damaged ones.
What are The Big Time NFTs?
Since Big Time is an RPG, its NFTs come in the form of in-game items that can be acquired through dungeons or purchased from the market. However, trading, renting, and selling NFTs are restricted to cosmetic items to avoid diluting the competitiveness of the game.
How to buy Big Time NFT
NFT collectors can visit the attached Big Time marketplace on the Binance NFT Marketplace (Binance NFT marketplace is not available to US residents), which offers the purchase of exclusive VIP passes for early access to the game. These passes give early players an advantage in earning NFTs in the game.
Other purchasable NFTs include Big Time packs, which consist of a series of collectible animated postcards showing the different locations that players can see in the game.
You can buy a SPACE NFT from the Big Time market, which are expansions to your personal Time Machine. SPACE is essentially land or virtual real estate like we see in other metaverse games. You can add crafting stations to your SPACE, decorate the rooms, add forges, install portals, and much more.
The cost of buying SPACE varies greatly. It could cost you anywhere from $300 to $23,000 depending on the size and rarity. These NFTs are limited, and once they’re gone, they’re gone (until the expansions come out, anyway).
If you’re itching to get started, you can also purchase a VIP Access Pass from the Market – a Gold Pass is on offer for $9,900, giving you early launch access and access to limited-edition in-game content.
How to sell NFT Big Time
Big Time is set to have its own in-game marketplace to allow for NFT trading.
About the developers of Big Time
We cannot ignore the experience behind the Big Time development team. As mentioned, the CEO, Ari Meilich, used to be CEO of Decentraland. But it’s the team he’s assembled around him that’s surprising. Creative Director Ken Harsha is a former Treyarch and worked on the Call of Duty series for Activision-Blizzard. Lead designer TJ Stamm has two decades of work in his locker room at EA, Snowblind Studios, Neversoft, and Infinity Ward. CTO Matthew Tonks spent five years at Epic Games with lead artist Aaron Smith. While art director Carlo Arellano has hall of famers God of War, Ratchet & Clank and World of Warcraft on his resume.
Big Time Roadmap
The game will be released in 2022. If we were to speculate, the official release is likely to be scheduled for mid-year as Early Access is scheduled for early 2022.
They also recently secured $21 million in total funding from elite crypto institutions, including Alameda Research, Digital Currency Group, OKEx Blockdream Ventures, and more, as reported by VentureBeat.
The first SPACE sale launched in December 2021, and there are still a few for sale, available on the Big Time marketplace accessible on the main BigTime.gg site.
Until we can see more in-game footage and get the name of the token you can earn in-game, we can’t speculate too much about the earning potential in Big Time. Hopefully once early access drops we’ll get more information on this highly anticipated game.
Buying and selling NFTs is also supposed to be easier for players. Big Time and Circle have partnered to offer players a way to use debt and credit cards, wire transfers, and deposit USDC into the Big Time marketplace to buy NFTs.
The prospect of being able to buy NFTs with a credit and debit card is exciting and could remove a lot of scary barriers for players new to crypto gaming. The multiplayer aspect is also attractive, as is the ability to change classes. But we don’t love how expensive some of the SPACE NFTs are. These SPACES can give paying players a bigger advantage in the game, but we’ll see.
While the early game footage is promising, it still feels pretty early. We will update this page as more information becomes available.