The digital world is continually evolving and, while the internet has changed so many lives, it’s ready to be taken to a whole new level. The Metaverse is a virtual and immersive sphere that provides the next step in that evolutionary digital chain. While the new virtual world has already begun to take shape, much of its developments remain in the future. Gaming is among the many sectors likely to be transformed by the Metaverse, but what does it mean for regular players?
Immersive experiences can already be found in many museums and galleries around the world. In London, lovers of the artist Vincent Van Gogh can get lost in his world of colors in an exhibition that has proved popular with tourists worldwide. This is virtual reality, but it’s been taken to a whole new level and, unlike VR, the Metaverse will be accessible for everyone. So how do those new experiences stand to benefit gamers?
Take Your Seat
The online casino industry is a perfect example of an area that has evolved in line with new digital technologies. In the mid-1990s when the internet was established, the first digital casino providers came onto the market. Players at traditional and brand-new operators could now play online casino games for real money using automated software. As the industry progressed, software developers introduced live casino rooms as they attempted to replicate the experience of playing in the physical world. Games were run by real-life dealers with roulette, blackjack, and poker among the available options. It’s that desire to provide realism that will allow the Metaverse to take online casino play to a new dimension. Customers can now feel as though they are ‘in the room,’ and taking their seats among other players, although there will be anonymity in place. The dealer will be visible, and the whole experience will be as close to a bricks-and-mortar game as it’s possible to get.
Aim and Fire
Online casino play underlines the evolution of online gaming while showing where the Metaverse can take it moving forward. For everyday gamers who prefer other forms of play, there will be similar benefits. First person shooter games, including the iconic Call of Duty series, have the opportunity to take the player right into the heart of the action. The same principle applies to classic MOBA titles too.
Games such as DOTA 2, League of Legends and Counterstrike are among the best-selling releases of their type. Each offers a different element to the gameplay, and they follow separate themes, but the emergence of the Metaverse will help them in similar ways. It’s all about the realism, and a fully immersive experience will take the player into the heart of the action.
Sports games account for a significant share of online gaming revenue, and they can also harness the power of the emerging Metaverse. Once again, there is the opportunity for a heightened level of virtual reality where the player is taken onto the field of play to watch the action at close hand. Inevitably, developers will also look at the Metaverse and explore ways in which new elements of gameplay can be incorporated into the title. In team sports such as American Football, Basketball, and Soccer, we can expect to see players given the chance to take part in games.
You could receive a pass from Patrick Mahomes to complete a touchdown or take a penalty against world-class goalkeepers such as Alisson of Liverpool. You may even walk off the 18th green at St Andrews and shake hands with the great Tiger Woods.
Sports games will certainly have the potential to go into new areas as the Metaverse builds, and they are just one part of the industry that will benefit.
A Puzzling Experience
Puzzle games will also embrace the new, immersive world as players step into the action. If we are looking to solve clues that complete the equation, it’s so much more exciting if we are an integral part. It’s also likely that escape rooms, which are growing in popularity in the physical realms, will become a part of a new set of games that are made possible by the Metaverse.
There are no real limits as to what may happen, other than those imposed by the developers’ imaginations. In many cases, it’s easy to see what the next steps in the evolution process may be, while other, more unexpected elements will undoubtedly emerge. All that’s certain is that we are heading for some exciting times thanks to the emergence of the Metaverse. While so many sectors will benefit, the gaming industry has the potential to be transformed by a whole new immersive experience.