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The success of NFT collections such as Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks have opened doors for artists and designers worldwide. However, given the exponential growth experienced by the NFT market in the past year, it can be challenging to identify which NFT projects have the greatest potential.
To help streamline the decision-making process, this article will discuss the best upcoming NFT projects this year.
The 5 Upcoming NFTs for 2022
The list below highlights five new NFT projects that look set to make waves in the market this year:
- Silks – The Best New NFT Project in 2022
- Meta Triads – Exciting NFT Project with Passive Income Potential
- Guild of Guardians – Upcoming NFT Game in Pre-Alpha Phase
- Rich Cats Nation – Digital Art NFT Collection with Built-In Breeding Mechanism
- DeAngels – Interesting NFT Collection with Huge Community Backing
A Closer Look at the Top New NFT Drops
The NFT projects listed above are the ones that we have deemed, through extensive research and analysis, to have the highest potential during 2022. With that in mind, let’s examine each of these projects individually to gain a deeper understanding:
1. Silks – Best NFT to Buy for 2022
Our pick for the best NFT to invest in this year is Silks, a pioneering play-to-earn (P2E) game hosted on the Ethereum blockchain. The game itself involves a rich metaverse in which players can purchase Silks Avatars, Silks Horses, Land and Stables while taking part in exciting gameplay elements. Notably, Silks’ gameplay is directly based on the real world of thoroughbred horse racing, which forms the foundation of how players can monetize their in-game activities.
Players can own digital Silks Horses within its metaverse, which are structured as NFTs. However, Silks takes this one step further by ensuring that each digital horse is directly linked to a real-world thoroughbred racehorse. This 1-to-1 link is achieved by using vast datasets on elements such as the horse’s lineage, development history, and racing productivity.
As detailed in the Silks whitepaper, Silks Horse ownership provides a way for players to generate income within the Silks metaverse. Players earn rewards when their digital horse’s real-life counterpart wins a race, with these rewards being distributed in $STT – Silks’ native transactional token. In addition to racing rewards, Silks players can generate income through staking, breeding, and speculation.
Silks Avatars will be the project’s first NFT offering with their Silks Genesis Avatar Collection set to drop at the end of April of this year. Silks Avatars are a critical component of the Silks ecosystem as they will represent each player’s unique identity and the ownership of their affiliated assets within the Silks metaverse. Furthermore, they will provide their holders with early adoption rewards the most notable of which is guaranteed access to the subsequent Silks Horse Mint (slated for summer 2022). Silks is currently offering the opportunity to get early access to the Silks Genesis Avatar Mint on their website, silks.io.
Alongside owning Silks Avatars and Horses, Silks players will also have the opportunity to purchase plots of virtual land and stables within its metaverse, both of which are structured as NFTs.
Finally, the Silks metaverse has been designed with long-term sustainability in mind, as new Silks Horses will be minted and available for purchase through the Silks platform each year. Minting will occur in tandem with yearling auctions, ensuring each Silks Horse within its metaverse is linked to an actual racehorse.
2. Meta Triads – Exciting NFT Project with Passive Income Potential
Another top NFT project to be aware of is Meta Triads. The Meta Triads collection comprises 10,000 NFTs, each depicting a cyberpunk-themed character. Each Meta Triad will be defined as a Human, Humanoid, or Hybrid. However, besides the unique digital art, Meta Triad ownership also comes with other exciting benefits.
The most notable benefit is that owning a Meta Triad NFT will provide you with shares in the Meta Triads Marketplace. The team is developing an aggregator marketplace, which will allow fashion brands to present their clothing items virtually. When items are sold on this marketplace, owners of Meta Triads NFTs will receive a portion of the income in $TRIA – the marketplace’s native transactional token.
3. Guild of Guardians – Upcoming NFT Game in Pre-Alpha Phase
Guild of Guardians is an upcoming fantasy play-to-earn (P2E) game where players can team up and earn rewards. The game itself is still in the pre-alpha phase, although the team are in the process of offering playtests to select members of the community.
According to the official Guild of Guardians website, there are over 130,000 members on the waiting list to play the game upon release. In-game assets, such as aesthetic items and ‘Founder Heroes’, will be structured as NFTs and hosted on the Ethereum blockchain. Notably, Guild of Guardians will be entirely decentralized and free to play, with no pay-to-win elements within the gameplay – ensuring that skill and strategy are the keys to generating rewards.
4. Rich Cats Nation – Digital Art NFT Collection with Built-In Breeding Mechanism
Rich Cats Nation is a collection of 1,000 NFTs hosted on the Binance blockchain. The NFTs represent ownership of unique digital art, visualized as cat-based characters containing various random traits. Following a similar structure to other popular NFT collections, some Rich Cats are deemed rarer than others, leading them to have higher valuations on the secondary marketplace.
Owning a Rich Cat NFT will also act as membership to Rich Cat Nation – an exclusive club with various benefits. These benefits include Rich Cat merchandise, in-person events, NFT airdrops, royalties, and more.
5. DeAngels – Interesting NFT Collection with Huge Community Backing
Rounding off our list of the best upcoming NFTs is DeAngels. This project has already garnered huge attention from social media, with the official Discord channel containing over 54,000 members. Broadly speaking, DeAngels is a collection of 8,888 ‘angel’ NFTs hosted on the Ethereum blockchain. The development team behind DeAngels have some large ambitions for the project, including active marketing, breeding mechanisms, and a blockchain-based game.
The details regarding this game are scarce at present, although the developers have stated that it will enable DeAngels NFT holders to generate income with minimal effort.
As NFTs become more and more popular, lots of exciting and innovative projects are due to drop in 2022.
Silks is undoubtedly the NFT project that has caught our eye the most this year, due to its innovative play-to-earn features and compelling parallels with the real world of thoroughbred horse racing.
These features, combined with exciting gameplay elements and a fully-decentralized governance system, mean that Silks is the most exciting NFT project to keep an eye on in 2022.