StarGarden: A Temporary Halt Amid Financial Woes
Web3 game StarGarden temporarily halts development and lays off most of its team due to financial challenges. Although the team insists this is a pause rather than a closure, the fate of the project remains uncertain.
StarGarden, a promising web3 game, is hitting pause as it struggles in the bear market and hunts for additional funding. The team, which previously ran a successful early access playtest, is temporarily closing operations and laying off most of its staff in hopes of securing the necessary funding for continued development.
While the owners emphasize that this is a temporary setback, history has shown that such pauses can often lead to permanent closures. Nevertheless, the remaining StarGarden team is determined to keep the spirit alive by releasing a series of mini-games. These will be accessible through the Unreal Engine's Fortnite Platform, with the first release slated for Saturday, September 30th.
StarGarden, originally a free-to-play competitive auto-battler game, also ventured into the world of StarGarden NFTs. These NFTs serve as tribal bases within the game, fostering player cooperation through tribes. Each NFT represents a tribe, allowing players to contribute to community building construction through quests, expand crafting and questing options, and open slots for additional players. This tribe's growth is even permanently recorded in the metadata for the StarGarden NFT.
While players can purchase Founding StarGarden NFTs on third-party markets, the team has opted not to sell creatures, ingredients, or materials for in-game use. Instead, they're letting players shape their own in-game economy. The closure of StarGarden, even temporarily, is always a lamentable sight, particularly for a project with such promise. Still, there's hope that StarGarden can rise from its current challenges and make a triumphant return to the web3 gaming scene.