Unreal Engine Plug-in and C++ SDK Released for Game Developers as Part of Cronos Play
Cronos chain further strengthens its support to game developers, making it easy to add Web3 functionality to games developed with C++…
Cronos chain further strengthens its support to game developers, making it easy to add Web3 functionality to games developed with C++, Unreal or Unity.
New York, June 22th, 2022 — Today, Cronos announced the release of two new open-source projects to radically simplify the workflow of Web3 game developers on the Cronos chain: the Cronos Play Unreal Engine Plugin and the Cronos Play C++ SDK (Software Development Kit).
In April 2022, Cronos announced Cronos Play, a comprehensive modular suite of developer tools and services to streamline the creation of gaming and GameFi applications in the Cronos blockchain ecosystem. As a first milestone, Cronos Play completed its integration with ChainSafe’s web3.unity Gaming SDK, an open-source project maintained by ChainSafe, that allows web, mobile and desktop games created with the Unity engine to easily add Web3 functionalities. This integration coincided with the release of convenient, up to date documentation and code samples. Subsequently, Cronos announced a partnership with Moralis, a leading provider of developer tools and APIs for Web3 developers, that further streamlines the workflow of NFT, Gaming and Metaverse application builders.
The launch of Cronos Play and the announcement of the 100 M$-backed Cronos Accelerator Program have generated tremendous interest from the gaming community. More than 10 significant game studios have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for the development of Web3 games on the Cronos chain, including: DG Pals, Binemon, Demole, Dragon SB, Revolve Games, Decentral Games and Dexio Protocol.
In line with its roadmap, Cronos aims to enhance the usability of the Cronos Play tooling by supporting popular languages and frameworks.
Many AAA quality game development studios use C++ and Epic Games’ Unreal 3D graphics engine. With this in mind, Cronos Labs is now releasing two open-source projects and one open-source library of code samples that will greatly benefit AAA game developers:
Cronos Play Unreal Engine Plugin (initially for Window and Mac games only).
Cronos Play C++ SDK (Software Development Kit).
Cronos Play Unreal Engine library of code samples for Web3 games.
The plugin and the SDK enable games to easily interact with the Cronos chain and with common Web3 smart contract standards such as ERC20 fungible token contracts and ERC721 and ERC1155 non-fungible token (NFT) contracts.
Ken Timsit, Managing Director of Cronos chain and Cronos Labs, said: “The value proposition of the Cronos ecosystem for game developers is very strong. Firstly, as a blockchain platform, Cronos is Ethereum-compatible, fast, cheap and eco-friendly. Secondly, there is a massive addressable user base of more than 50 million Cronos users and holders worldwide. Finally, the developer tooling is one of the most comprehensive among all chains for web, Unity, Unreal and C++ developers”.
Using these tools, game developers are able to let end-users log in with their crypto wallets via WalletConnect. End-users may then access the Cronos chain as part of their in-game interactions. For example, end-users can retrieve their cryptocurrency and NFT token balances, trade, stake or lend their assets, or leverage their holdings to access premium content as part of a suite of out-of-the-box functionalities.
The Cronos Play Unreal Engine Plugin supports both C++ and Blueprints Visual Scripting development. It is compatible with Unreal engine 5, which supports advanced graphics with Lumen and Nanite Virtualized Geometry.
While the Unreal Engine Plugin and the C++ SDK offer similar functionality, the C++ SDK allows even more flexibility.
Cronos Play is an essential pillar of Cronos’s strategy to bring the next billion users to Web3. Cronos Play supports application developers with a wide range of integrations, products, and services supporting multiple game platforms and languages.
Going forward, Cronos Play will continue to execute on its planned roadmap which includes the following critical additions and improvements:
iOS/Android support for Unreal Engine Plugin.
Detailed documentations for Cronos Play Unreal Engine Plugin & C++ SDK.
Unreal engine demo to showcase the blockchain functionality.
Improvement of the user experience with various in-game crypto wallets options (for example, Cronos is already supported by Magic/Fortmatic and Web3Auth/Torus).
Integration of Crypto.com Pay into Unity and Unreal Engine
Additional integrations and products developed together with Crypto.com, the world’s fastest-growing cryptocurrency exchange, as well as partners and game studios.
Cronos (cronos.org) is the first EVM-compatible layer 1 blockchain network built on the Cosmos SDK, supported by Crypto.com, Crypto.org and more than 250 app developers and partners. Our mission is to make it easy and safe for the next billion crypto users to adopt Web3, with a focus on DeFi and GameFi.
Cronos has already skyrocketed to top 7 position among all chains by total value locked (TVL) and is used by >800,000 users, growing at 20% per month. Cronos is powered by the Cronos ($CRO) cryptocurrency, which powers an ecosystem of more than 50 million users worldwide.
When developers build on Cronos, they can leverage: all Ethereum developer tools (Solidity, Truffle, Hardhat, OpenZeppelin, Web3.js, ethers.js, ChainSafe Gaming SDK, etc.); several leading wallets (MetaMask, Crypto.com Defi Wallet, Trust Wallet); wrapped versions of the world’s top 50 cryptocurrencies; Cronos Play, a suite of developer tools for web, Unity, C++ and Unreal game developers; IBC cross-chain connectivity to Cosmos chains; and a rich ecosystem of composable DeFi and GameFi Dapps.
Cronos is supported by Cronos Labs, the ecosystem fund, web3 start-up accelerator, and incubator of Cronos chain.