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Getting Ready for Redstone

Onchain gaming is leveling up with the launch of the Redstone L2.
William M. Peaster William M. Peaster Apr 30, 20243 min read
Getting Ready for Redstone

Lattice is the team behind MUD, a framework for building onchain apps. Because of MUD’s rising popularity with gaming projects and autonomous worlds, the framework is sometimes referred to as an onchain game engine

Last year, Lattice realized that for the full potential of MUD to be unleashed, they would need to build a custom Layer 2 (L2) scaling solution, which led to the introduction of the Redstone testnet in November 2023. 

Redstone is a highly-efficient, next-gen L2 specifically designed for apps and games that are totally onchain within its Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) implementation. 

Inspired by the old Plasma scaling approach and built on the OP Stack, Redstone is a non-traditional optimistic rollup, as instead of posting its full state to Ethereum, it posts only a data commitment hash. 

This approach reduces the data posted to Ethereum significantly—from 120 kilobytes per batch to just 32 bytes, slashing security costs by over 90%. As such, its efficiency and integration with MUD make Redstone a new attractive hub for building and scaling onchain apps. 

All that said, this novel L2 is in the limelight this week because it’s releasing its mainnet tomorrow, May 1st, at which point a series of games will officially launch on the chain. Some of the titles to look forward to include: 

  • 🧱 Biomes — Think Minecraft, but fully onchain; mine, build, fight, explore, etc. 
  • 🛸 DF Ares — A community-run, optimized version of the Dark Forest real-time strategy (RTS) series. 
  • 🌱 Downstream — A modding-centric “post-singularity” civilization simulator.
  • ⚔️ Sky Strife — The flagship RTS game of the Lattice team, centered around tactical multiplayer matches.
  • 😨 This Cursed Machine — A sci-fi horror game by the indie studio Moving Castles. 

My personal plan of attack once Redstone is live?

  1. Deposit in some ETH via the Redstone Bridge (Mainnet support starts on May 1st, and external “fast” bridges should also be adding support imminently)
  2. Mint a Sky Strife Season 1 Pass (These NFTs cost 0.03 ETH each and won’t be mintable after May 3rd; they offer a range of perks, like exclusive in-game content and match customization abilities)
  3. Win Sky Strife matches to earn orbs (The ERC-20 tokens used to create matches in the game; they’re only earnable through winning, and while I’m not approaching them as an investment, value accrual isn’t out of the question if Sky Strife rises in popularity)
  4. Explore the other available games on Redstone (I’m starting with Sky Strife because it’s Lattice’s flagship, but Biomes, DF Ares, and Downstream are all in the ballpark of games I enjoy, so I’m excited to try them; This Cursed Machine also looks zany so I’ll be taking it for a spin too)

If you’re interested in diving into Redstone as well, consider brushing up on your Sky Strife knowledge and setting aside some ETH for bridging in to prep for the launch tomorrow. 

Zooming out, Redstone is compelling because its unique design and integration with MUD allow it to support complex apps better than traditional L2s, and this approach paves the way for new kinds of fully onchain games to be built. It’s worth tracking closely going forward accordingly.  

In the meantime, follow the Lattice and Redstone Twitter accounts to stay up to date with the project, and check out the L2’s docs if you ever want to dive deeper into how the chain works—it's certainly one-of-a-kind right now.

William M. Peaster

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William M. Peaster, Senior Writer, has been with Bankless since January 2021. Immersed in Ethereum since 2017, he writes the Metaversal newsletter on the onchain frontier, covering everything from AI projects to crypto games, as the team’s lead NFT analyst. With a background in creative writing, he writes fiction and publishes art on Ethereum in his free time. He lives in Washington.

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