Big Time NFT game guide: A co-op action-RPG that’s also P2E

Battle with friends and earn NFTs in this multi-timeline action RPG play-to-earn game.

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Big Time is a crypto, play-to-earn multiplayer action-RPG with NFTs — that's a mouthful. In other words, it's a role-playing game where players can earn cryptocurrency in a virtual world, own SPACE and collect digital assets. Developers behind Big Time have stellar experience with contributions to renowned games like Fortnite, Call of Duty and Overwatch. Additionally, one of the founders of Dencentraland, Ari Meilich, is the CEO of Big Time Studios.

Big Time lets you team up with players to explore and battle through 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.

Highlights:

  • 2022 release date
  • Buy SPACE now
  • Experienced developers
  • Multiplayer RPG
  • Collectible NFTs
  • Four character classes

When will Big Time release?

Big Time is set to release in 2022. We don't have a solid launch date yet, but users that purchased one of the 12,000 VIP passes released in December 2021 will be able to play the Early Access version slated for early 2022.

Is Big Time a blockchain game?

Big Time will feature its own in-game token, which at the time of writing, hasn't been named. There will be no pre-sale or early offering of this token to anyone (including the devs), so the token is planned to be completely community driven. The primary way to acquire this token will be playing the game.

The game is a large project; implementing play-to-earn crypto gaming, metaverse and NFTs. In a sense, it's completely 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 zero P2E experience are going to start collecting NFTs that have real-world value without having to have any previous knowledge about what blockchain technology is about."

With 1.7K Reddit users on Big Time's subreddit and over 191K followers on Twitter, Big Time is gathering some hype. Here's what we know so far.

Big Time's story

Big Time presents something of an alternative reality, where history is collapsing in on itself compliments of some big bad that you - and theoretically every other squad in the game - is collectively fighting back against. Players can engage in certain timelines that involves real historical figures like Genghis Kahn, Billy the Kid, Albert Einstein, Joan of Arc and the like. Although it's unclear how these NPCs will interact with player characters - perhaps they simply evoke a setting.

Big Time gameplay explained

Big time is a co-op action-RPG played from a third-person perspective. Players can party up into groups of six and explore a large 3D overworld and a Destiny-styled hub called Epoch City. The experience seems to takes its visual cues from the likes of No Man's Sky, Destiny, Fortnite and even Skylanders. Time machines - that look a bit like black hole portals - are then used to pull the squad into dungeon instances, where a real-time mix of melee and magic-based combat is used to cut through swaythes of enemies.

Defeating enemies can provide collectable items and token rewards, but it's the boss at the end that will drop the valuable NFTs. These come in form of armour and clothing inspired by particular timelines. Collected items can be used to improve character stats or be traded for cryptocurrencies or fiat on the marketplace.

Big Time has its own NFT marketplace that enables players to trade, purchase or sell in-game assets seamlessly through its patented Vault technology, which intriguingly also allows payments through debit or credit cards.

There are four character classes in the game, and in something of a uniuqe twist, players aren't locked to one class or the other. Indeed, you're free to level-up down each class with the same character, and then select the playstyle you prefer at any given time. (Or should that be timeline?) You would suspect, however, there will be some strategy involved in forming a squad of players that will compliment each other in battle.

Big Time character classes

Image source: Big Time

The 4 character classes are:

  • Time warrior – known for close quarters combat and aggressive gameplay.
  • Chronomancer – known for magic, precision, tactics and range attacks.
  • Shadowblade – known for stealth and speed.
  • Quantum fixer – known for support skills such as enhancement and healing.

The player uses a time machine to move across timelines and change class paths. These time machines can also be decorated with NFT artifacts owned by the player.

Big Time weapons

Each weapon used throughout your various timeline journeys have attributes that can complement the class the player is using. Here are some of the weapons in Big Time:

  • Battle Axe: A razor-sharp edge makes it an ideal weapon for individual confrontations.
  • Dual Blades: A speedy weapon that is ideal for attacking multiple enemies at once.
  • Two-Handed Greatsword: A massive sword meant for clearing paths through enemies.
  • Sword and Shield Combo: A one-handed saber that's powerful and fast. Paired with a sturdy shield, which allows users to choose their strategy and pick an opening.
  • Quantum Staff: A Chronomancer exclusive that casts spells at range to battle enemies from a distance.
  • The Warhammer: A hammer with powerful slams that allow players to hold their own against numerous enemies.

Big Time battle axe weapon

Image source: Big Time

What is SPACE and can you buy it?

While we're all waiting for the game to officially drop, here's what you can do.

You can purchase a SPACE NFT on Big Time's market, which act a bit like "land" in other NFT games. In the game, when you reach a certain level you will get your own Time Machine. This acts as a personal portal into your own little instance; your SPACE.

There are five rarities of SPACE, and they come in three different sizes. You can invite other players to come in and check it out, filling it with bling, trophies celebrating your successes, and functional tools like forges (used to upgrade NFT items), time keepers (used to power hourglasses, a mechanic not yet explained) and portals. Such things unlock your ability to earn more tokens through gameplay. But the number of these items you can install is fixed by the number of slots available in your SPACE.

The bigger and rarer your SPACE, the more slots you have to fill, and the more tokens you can earm in game.

The cost of buying SPACE varies – a lot. It could run you anywhere from US$300 to US$23,000, depending on the size and rarity. These NFTs are limited to 600,000, and once they're gone, they're gone (until expansions come out, anyway). Although the good news is you can also earn SPACE through random drops by grinding in-game.

If you're anxious to get started, you can also buy a VIP Access Pass at the market – a Gold pass is listed for US$9,900, which gives you early access to the release and access to limited edition in-game content.

Big Time NFT Game C

Big Time NFTs

We've gone through SPACE, but it isn't the only NFT. Since Big Time is a role-playing game, its NFTs come in the form of game items which can be acquired via dungeon drops or purchased from the marketplace. However, the trading, renting and sale of NFTs are restricted to cosmetic items to avoid diluting the game's competitiveness.

NFT collectors may also want to visit its attached Binance NFT Marketplace, which offers the purchase of exclusive VIP passes for early game access. These passes give early players a head start on earning in-game NFTs. Other NFTs that can be bought include Big Time packs, which consist of a series of collectible, animated postcards featuring the different locations players might see in the game.

Buying and selling NFTs is supposed to be easier for players, as well. Big Time and Circle - a bank - partnered to offer a way for players to use debt and credit cards, wire transfers and deposit USDC on the Big Time market to buy NFTs.

Is Big Time free-to-play?

Yes, it is. The developer Big Time Studios has stated that you can absolutely just grind your way to earning SPACE, and getting NFT items drops, through play. You don't have to buy in. Early explainer videos stress this point, so it's not something we expect to change in the future. This may play a role in eroding the viability of guilds, as scholars can just play. They don't have to rent.

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How does play-to-earn work in Big Time?

There are three primary ways for users to earn while playing Big Time:

  • Collecting NFT items during dungeon quests – Collecting NFT items can be done by killing 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 in the marketplace – Flipping NFTs allow users to earn from the game without necessarily playing since they can purchase an NFT with crypto or fiat from the marketplace and sell it at a higher price later on.
  • Selling the game's economy token – Players can receive token rewards while engaging in battles and performing in-game quests. These tokens can be used to purchase ultra-rare and exclusive cosmetic NFTs, as well as to craft items or repair damaged ones. They can also be cashed out for fiat.

Big Time roadmap review

The game is set to drop in 2022. If we had to speculate, the official launch is likely slated for mid-year since early access is set for early 2022.

Recently, the developer secured funding of US$21 million from elite crypto institutions, such as Alameda Research, Digital Currency Group, OKEx Blockdream Ventures and more.

The first SPACE sale was launched in December 2021, and there are still some for sale, available on Big Time's market accessible on the main site.

Developing Big Time Studios analysed

The developer behind Big Time is... wait for it... Big Time Studios. To be fair, it's actually a rad name for a developer. In a huge boost for the game's chances of success, the team is full is forward facing and filled with veterans of some of the biggest AAA game developers and experiences. As mentioned, the CEO, Ari Meilich, used to be CEO of Decentraland. But it's the team he has assembled around him that raises eyebrows.

The creative director, Ken Harsha, is ex-Treyarch and worked on the Call of Duty series for Activision-Blizzard. Lead designer, TJ Stamm, has two decades of work in his locker from EA, Snowblind Studios, Neversoft and Infinity Ward. CTO, Matthew Tonks, spent 5-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.

And there's more. That serious pedigree.

Big Time Gameplay

Verdict

While the initial gameplay footage is promising, it still looks pretty early. Until we can see something closer to the finished product and get the name for the in-game token, we can't speculate too much about earning potential on Big Time. There's certainly nothing we've see yet that would suggest there's anything in it for scholars or guilds. Hopefully, once early access drops, we'll get more insight into this highly-anticipated game.

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 gamers new to crypto gaming. And we're huge fans of the fact that said NFTs don't have pay-to-win in-game utility, instead reserved for cosmetic enhancements. This has been proven to be enough for gamers in titles such as Fortnite.

The multiplayer aspect is enticing as well, and so is the ability to switch between classes. But we don't love how expensive some of the SPACE NFTs are.

We'll update this page as more information becomes available.

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