Kongregate, a leading first-party mobile game developer and architect of the massively popular web gaming platform Kongregate.com, today revealed Blood Vessels: a vampire-themed community storytelling experience. Partnering with ImmutableX – Ethereum’s leading Layer 2 (L2) fully carbon-neutral scaling solution – Blood Vessels will feature unique playable vampire characters in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that players embody to shape the game’s story, leaving their mark on a sinister and dangerous RPG world. Early sign-ups for Blood Vessels will open this May with NFT vampires available to purchase during the NFT drop in Q2.
Blood Vessels is the first game from Kongregate’s new blockchain-focused development team Electric Visions, whose mission is to create groundbreaking games for web3. The game is set during the turn of the 19th Century at the Chicago World’s Fair, a celebration of technology and culture. Players take on the role of vampires that have risen from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Each one-of-one NFT vampire has distinct attributes. Players will work together to uncover the mysteries hidden within the cracks and crevices of Chicago’s streets. Hungry for blood and curious about their own origins, it’s up to them to decide if they will move against humanity, coexist, or stay hidden in the shadows.
“I love that Blood Vessels embodies Kongregate’s community-driven roots,” said Michelle Shaw, Chief Blockchain Operations Officer at Kongregate. “Not only was the game a passion project created by our team during COVID to stay connected, but it also blurs the line between the game and the community, giving players control over their own experience in a way that has never been done before. I’m proud to say that Blood Vessels is unlike anything Kongregate has ever developed and I can’t wait to see players’ reactions and how the story develops.”
The playable vampire NFTs will feature unique, hand-drawn art with individual characteristics. Distinct traits include period costumes and historically-inspired diverse characters, and rare vampiric mutations like Necromantic Transfusion or Cell Duplication that grant players unique advantages during gameplay. NFT owners will also have exclusive access to VIP Discord channels where they can talk directly to the game developers and designers, get a behind-the-scenes look at the game’s roadmap as it develops, and participate in a unique voting system that determines content for future releases.
“This is an incredibly exciting time to be a developer, working with forward-thinking green partners like ImmutableX that ensure our NFTs are scalable, secure, fully transparent, and most importantly, gas-free & carbon neutral,” said Max Murphy, Chief Technology Officer at Kongregate. “As a long-time gamer, I appreciate both the permanence that web3 games give players but also the amount of transparency it gives the community. With Blood Vessels, we really want players & the larger community to have a voice in what the game becomes.”
Kongregate is a leading game developer and architect of the gaming portal Kongregate.com. Formed in 2006 as a platform for amplifying indie game developers and building passionate gaming communities, Kongregate has always put players and developers first. Today, the company is focused on bringing fun gaming experiences to players around the world using the latest technologies. Its mobile games have been downloaded hundreds of millions of times and have billions of gameplays. Kongregate is a part of the leading international digital entertainment group MTG and has three offices across the United States: San Diego, Portland, and Chicago.
United by the prospect of creating a new type of game in a unique world, Electric Visions was founded in 2022 by an upstart group of cross-discipline gamers within Kongregate. The newly formed development studio, fully supported and powered by Kongregate, is 100% focused on delivering exceptional game experiences using web3 technology. They believe that web3 is the future of gaming and plan to improve the experience for players around the world.
Immutable X is the leading Layer 2 scaling solution for NFTs to enable gas-free minting and trading, while not compromising the security of the most used blockchain globally for NFTs, Ethereum. The solution, powered by StarkWare’s innovative technology, offers instant trade confirmation, massive scalability (up to 9,000 transactions per second), and a fantastic developer and user experience. Immutable X has announced integrations with established marketplaces such as OpenSea and Mintable and is powering some of the largest NFT plays across consumer apps (TikTok), DeFi (SuperFarm), and gaming (GameStop, Highrise, ESL Gaming, Ember Sword, Planet Quest, Gods Unchained, Guild of Guardians, GreenPark Sports, Illuvium, MyCryptoHeroes+).