- Unreal Engine incorporates LUKSO’s mainnet and standards for versatile NFT gaming.
- Users gain direct access to universal profiles and digital assets control.
- LUKSO integration expands Unreal Engine’s blockchain capabilities.
Unreal Engine, the development framework renowned for its deployment of interactive 2D and 3D content by Epic Games, has taken a significant step by integrating LUKSO’s mainnet and standards into its recently enhanced Blockchain integration plugin, as announced in a tweet on September 19th. Notably, this tool offers compatibility with a variety of platforms, including Polygon and Avalanche.
This integration, as highlighted by LUKSO, empowers users to engage directly with universal profiles and versatile non-fungible tokens (NFTs) originating from gaming experiences. Universal Profiles within the LUKSO ecosystem are designed to be interoperable and serve as authenticated digital identities, providing users with control over their online avatars and digital assets.
Interested users have the option to acquire and utilize this blockchain tool. According to Unreal Engine’s documentation, the plugin comprises a collection of tools and libraries tailored for game developers seeking to incorporate blockchain functionality into their projects. This functionality is made possible by the plugin’s ability to interface with smart contracts coded using Solidity.
The engine is also capable of interfacing with smart contracts compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), including those of LUKSO. Unreal Engine goes on to reveal that the plugin facilitates tasks such as minting, transferring, and utilizing non-fungible tokens (NFTs), effectively serving as a “gateway” for exploration. Furthermore, users can employ the plugin to integrate play-to-earn (P2E) features into their creations.
Following the public announcement of this partnership, LYX, the native token of the LUKSO blockchain, has exhibited stability and resilience in the market. Similar to the broader cryptocurrency market, the coin has been recovering from significant losses observed since mid-August. As of September 19th, LYX is trading at $5.56, marking a 43% decline from its peak in July, coinciding with its listing on KuCoin, a cryptocurrency exchange.
It’s worth noting that when the Unreal Engine blockchain integration tool initially launched, it exclusively supported Ethereum, the pioneering smart contracts platform renowned for its active NFT and gaming ecosystem. However, subsequent updates have seen Epic Games incorporate zero knowledge rollups, Immutable X, and Optimism—layer-2 solutions designed to enhance Ethereum’s scalability while maintaining low transaction costs. Prior to these updates, the plugin also accommodated the ERC-20 and ERC-1155 standards.
Notably, Epic Games and Unreal Engine are embracing LUKSO’s functionalities ahead of Solana, despite the latter’s compatibility with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). While Solana boasts high scalability and reduced trading fees, LUKSO’s co-founder, Fabian Vogelsteller, is renowned for authoring the ERC-20 standard—a foundational blueprint for numerous tokens, including UNI, the native token of Uniswap, and MKR, the governance token of Maker. Vogelsteller is acknowledged as one of the influential figures who played a pivotal role in shaping Ethereum during its early stages. Future versions of the engine plugin are also set to support OpenSea and Bitcoin.
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