Announcing the closure of Battle Racers
It is with deep sadness that we announce the eventual shutdown and closure of Battle Racers, and along with it, Playcheck Games, on February 16th, 2022. Due to a combination of internal and external factors surrounding the project and the teams involved, the founders of Playcheck Games have made the hard decision to discontinue further development of both the browser-based and mobile versions of Battle Racers.
There is no easy way of announcing the following news: development and support for Battle Racers is ending. Due to factors beyond the control of our founders, we have decided to discontinue the operations of Playcheck Games, and thus, included with it, the development and operation of Battle Racers.
It has been 3 years since the Battle Racers team began working on an arcade racing game leveraging a simple ideal: to make a fun and competitive game and have the players earn out of it too. The concept of play-to-earn was still very young when we began, and it still is now, and together with it, we’ve done a lot of growing up. We’ve met so many interesting people and learned so much about bleeding edge technology that was about to take the world by storm. NFTs presented so much possibility in extracting value out of one’s video gaming hobby, among other things. We as founders had shared this journey together with you while upholding the dream that we wanted to make people enjoy and earn out of racing customizable mini-cars.
We have since had to make hard decisions on top of hard decisions while managing a small team of developers and artists, on top of an ongoing pandemic that changed the way people worked together. In the end, we have deemed that we can no longer provide a product worthy of its audience in the current and very fast-changing market of NFT and P2E games, with the current situation we have been experiencing both professionally and personally.
The remainder of our final month will be spent on the following activities:
- We will be making sure our NFT contracts are validated in the appropriate block explorer websites.
- We will support Battle Racers crate opening until the closure date of February 16th, 2022.
- The development of the Battle Racers mobile app will be wrapped up and discontinued.
We’d like to thank all of our partners for seeing and supporting us throughout our development.
Last but not least of all, we are grateful to each and every one of you, our community, who have seen us through our ups and downs and loop-the-loops. We’ve had a couple close finishes, and you have filled our leaderboards with your support and enthusiasm. We could not have made it up to here without you.
Thank you for all of your support!
- The Battle Racers team
UPDATE #1 (February 8th, 2022):
Battle Racers Part NFT assets and metadata will be transferred to IPFS via NFTstorage.com to ensure that all part images, stats, descriptions, and 3D models will remain accessible after the project shutdown.
Smart contracts will be redeployed to reflect the change in metadata. This means that all our Part NFTs will be reminted on Polygon shortly after the shutdown. No additional actions will be required from our NFT holders. Parts will continue to be tradeable within Polygon via OpenSea and Venly Market. As previously announced, the smart contracts will remain open-source and public for third-party developers to access. We will provide more details soon.
UPDATE #2 (March 7th, 2022):
Battle Racers Part NFTs have been successfully reminted on Polygon.
These smart contracts were redeployed to reflect the asset and metadata transfer to IPFS via NFTstorage.com, to ensure that all part images, stats, descriptions, and 3D models remain accessible after the project shutdown. No additional actions will be required from our NFT holders.
New BRPART Contract Address: 0x96a1d354430d19eff38f9d1e9d581bf75dfe1330
Parts will continue to be tradeable within Polygon via OpenSea. Here’s the link to the official storefront:
Please note that the previous storefronts are now deprecated and will have stale metadata.
❌ Old Ethereum collection: https://opensea.io/collection/battle-racers
❌ Old Matic collection: https://opensea.io/collection/battle-racers-matic-deprecated
As previously announced, the smart contracts will remain open-source and public for third-party developers to access. All contract information can be found here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen to my crates?
Crates containing car part NFTs can be opened until the closure date on February 16th, 2022. After which, they will become inaccessible and the car parts they contain will no longer be obtainable.
What will happen to my car parts?
Car parts will remain publicly viewable on the blockchain, thus NFT ownership will be retained. While the parts may no longer be used in the official Decentraland and web versions, we are making sure that the NFT contracts are validated in order to allow the cars to be used in lands or projects by other developers.
What will happen to my $SCRAP tokens?
The $SCRAP tokens will remain in your wallet, however, it will not be publicly listed on decentralized exchanges nor have any in-game functionality due to the shutdown.
I spent a lot of money on Battle Racers NFTs. Can I have my ETH back?
Battle Racers NFT holders will not be able to receive a refund on past purchases, but NFT ownership will be retained, and the smart-contracts will remain open-source and public for community developers to access.
Will I still be able to play until the closure date?
Yes, you will be able to play on both Decentraland and web versions until the closure date of February 16th, 2022.
What will happen to the game on Decentraland and the Early Access Demo after the closure date?
The Battle Racers arena on Decentraland at coordinates 67,-21 and our Early Access Demo at play.battleracers.io will both be taken down and will no longer be accessible after the closure date of February 16th, 2022.
What will happen to the LAND itself?
It will be displayed as an empty parcel after the closure date of February 16th, 2022. LAND ownership will be transferred back to Decentraland and it may be used by other developers in the future.
Why can’t we continue playing on Decentraland even if there are no new features to be added?
Although the car parts are owned by players separate from the game, real-time play is hosted on a centralized game server, which we will no longer be able to support. However, we are making sure that the NFT contracts are validated in order to allow the cars to be used in lands or projects by other developers.
What happens to the mobile version?
The development of the Battle Racers mobile app will be wrapped up and discontinued.
What happens to the Discord community?
The Discord server will remain open for questions or clarifications until the shutdown on February 16th, 2022, after which posting permissions will be disabled. The server will then become read-only and/or may be taken down completely in the future.