War Field Engine
Golder Games War Field uses the Unity game engine developed by Unity Technologies. Whilst Unity is a cross platform engine the promised Android, iOS, PlayStation and Xbox platforms were never going to be delivered due to cryptocurrency and gambling restrictions.
There are a number of licensing options, however Golder Games should have been using the Unity Pro.
- Unity Personal | Free
- Unity Plus | $35 per month per team member
- Unity Pro | $125 per month per team member
If your company currently makes more than $100k in annual gross revenues or has raised funds in excess of $100k, you are not permitted to use Unity Personal, for prototyping or otherwise, as defined in our EULA Agreement. You may use Unity Plus for up to $200k in annual gross revenues, or Unity Pro with an unlimited revenue or fundraising capacity.
Unity also offer an asset store for purchasing all the components to create games. More on this next.
Assuming 9 months of usage x 4 programmers for the Unity Pro this is $500 per month for a total of $4500.
Throughout the ICO admins were posting and promoting upcoming maps and even the new game Dirt Field. The best example of the fraud they perpetuated on the community is shown in the War Field Desert Map and the War Field Container Land Map sections. Not only were these maps with all the assets including that they purchased for $75/$80 but they used the Desert Map to photoshop together a screenshot to show the “new in development” game Dirt Field. They had no concerns about being discovered as the Desert Map was never going to be released so no-one would ever notice that the same map was used unless of course you looked at the demo video from the creator of the map.
The Desert Map cost was $75 which was the cost of purchasing the map and all the assets and Container Land Map cost was $80 including all the assets. This is likely how the other maps were created, by purchasing either a complete map or purchasing the components (the ship for example and the containers for the original map – total cost possibly under $50).
The actual amount of real work that was performed by Golder Games programmers isn’t known, aside from the blockchain side if they used off the shelf maps and assets the cost would have been minimal especially as the blockchain side was never fully integrated into the game.
War Field Desert Map
The following two screenshots were posted many times during the ICO.
This is the PolyPixel Desert Town pack available for $75 from the Asset Store at Unity. The video used to capture some screen captures is the PolyPixel Desert Town Demo Video
Compare the first photo posted by Golder Games admins with a still from a demo video from PolyPixel.
This next one is from a different angle and viewpoint but you can see everything is identical.
War Field Container Land
The Golder Games Container Land Map is the PolyPixel Factory District pack with a few changes which is available for $80 from the Asset Store at Unity. The video used to capture some screen captures is the PolyPixel Factory District Demo Video.
War Field Amusement Park
The only screenshot provided is a low resolution one that has been photoshopped.
War Field Container Ship
The original map and the only one that is playable with the web client using chrome as the other maps were not optimised for web usage. Whilst I was unable to locate identical ships and containers it is possible to modify the ships design or to have the creator do this at minimal cost.
Golder Games Dirt Field was a new game promised to be delivered in 2019 alongside War Field. The solitary screen shot was impressive until you realise that it’s not a real game but a mock up using the same PolyPixel Desert Town that used to create the War Field Desert Town full map above. As late as the 28th of January 2019 Golder Games admins were promising that Dirt Field would go live in Q3 2019 despite them knowing that they were finishing at the end of Janauary whilst the project was “paused”.
Dirt Field was first announced on the 5th of August by Sevi Ra.
The following are two screen grabs from a demo video of PolyPixel Desert Town, the location isn’t quite right as the viewpoint is looking from down near where the overturned car is but you can see the same assets on the map and the cars have been photoshopped on.
And the final promise of the upcoming Dirt Field game was would never be kept.