Experience Battle and Adventure & Earn
Big Time is a free-to-play multiplayer action RPG game that blends fast-paced combat with a time and space adventure.
Throughout the game, players will meet distorted historical figures, characters, and events. Furthermore, they will fight alongside six other warriors to defeat terrible enemies and acquire precious NFT loot.
Big Time Studios has gathered an all-star team of gaming industry veterans from Epic Games, Rockstar Games, Riot Games, Activision, Blizzard, and others.
Unlike other blockchain games that require players to create their own virtual wallets, Big Time integrates the whole system directly into the game, making it a perfectly smooth experience for new players.
Despite still being in closed beta, the game has managed to gather a huge following, nevertheless, will Big Time live up to the hype?
Let’s take a look at its current state to see if it has the potential to be as revolutionary as it looks.
Big Time Studios
Pre-launch – Early Access
The situation is grim. A catastrophe has caused the foundations of spacetime to falter, resulting in the mixing and overlapping of different time periods. A dark, evil force is using the ensuing chaos to slip in and attempt to enforce its own will on the remaining survivors of humanity. However, just as all seems lost, the powers of good have gathered great thinkers and heroes from across time to work together to save the human race from oblivion.
You wouldn't be blamed for thinking that this description is for the next big AAA title from a publisher like Ubisoft or EA. Even so, it is not.
Big Time leaves a pretty positive first impression. The gameplay is fast-paced and at times it doesn’t look too different from something like Genshin Impact: a sprawling open world with high-quality, highly stylized graphics, and free movement with real-time, action-focused combat. In other words, Big Time is incredible to look at and is actually fun to play. However, performance wise, it can be heavy, but we also can attribute that to it being in Beta and not optimized yet.
Players can select between four classes: the Time Warrior, Chronomancer, Shadowblade, and Quantum Fixer. These are the equivalents of a Warrior, Mage, Ninja, and Medic in other games, and in its current state, Big Time doesn’t seem to do much to deviate from those core archetypes. However, you aren’t stuck with the class you select at the outset of your game. Through the pocket watch mechanic, you can freely switch between classes and level them up however you see fit.
The game places a large focus on its “collapsing timeline” concept and uses it to great effect in actual gameplay. Everything from the mission objectives, enemies, and environments are always procedurally generated, ensuring you’ll never encounter the same combination of components in any Adventure Instance. An Adventure Instance is a mission that is accessed by entering the Time Tears that can be found all around Time’s End, the huge open world Big Time takes place. These serve as Big Time’s dungeons where players face waves of enemies, collect loot NFTs, and gain experience points to level up their abilities. The enemies and time periods that make up these Adventure Instances vary wildly, which is a big part of the game’s charm. Promotional material shows heroes battling a T-Rex in the Old West, and giant mutated insects in a far-flung future.
The final part of Big Time’s gameplay options will lead us into the game’s economy. As you play the game, you will collect items that can then be displayed in your Time Machine, which the game refers to as your own Personal Metaverse where you and your friends can meet up, coordinate missions, and admit all of your spoils of battle.
It is also in the plans that following the release of the game, further expansions, known as Time Collisions, will be available, allowing players to explore new worlds and timelines.
It remains to be seen how all of this will come together, since there is no set release date for the full Big Time experience. It’s easy to criticize a game in its early stage for missing features, but recent updates show that the developers are listening.
The far more important aspect of Big Time is that it appears to be focused on its gameplay and overall presentation, rather than creating a sink for players’ money. Other games are shifting to this approach, but Big Time seems to be taking itself very seriously, and it will be interesting to see how the final product turns out whenever it finally launches. The roadmap ahead is quite busy but the team has been delivering continuously.
Many games have become very successful on the back of cosmetic items, and there’s no reason to think that Big Time’s NFT marketplace will suffer when the project is being led by veterans of the video game industry from studios like Rockstar, Riot and Activision, among others.
Easy to Learn
Big Time uses VIP Pass NFTs for Early Access to the game. These passes allow players to experience the game prior to its global free-to-play launch.
Additionally, players can get a Ruby pass, which is given away to the community. You can get one by submitting your email on the Big Time homepage, and you’ll receive an email when you have been assigned a Ruby Pass.
To redeem the early access pass you can follow the official instructions in this Medium article.