Gaming Titan Ubisoft Signs Deal with Blockchain RPG Nine Chronicles
Global video game publisher Ubisoft proceeds to strengthen its presence in the burgeoning blockchain gaming space, declaring today that it has inked a new advisory collaboration with developer Planetarium for its game Nine Chronicles. Joining Ubisoft is a decentralized tech accelerator firm Hashed, which has likewise allowed to help guide Planetarium as it rolls Nine Chronicles out to players this year, creates its in-game economy, and operates its mainnet.
Nine Chronicles is a blockchain-driven fantasy MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role-playing game) that profits from decentralization in unique ways. The game cannot be shut off or dismissed by the creator, unlike some past MMO games, plus the open API enables players to develop both original content and marketplaces to sell it.This isn’t the first meeting of Ubisoft and Planetarium. Planetarium was decided to be a part of Ubisoft’s Entrepreneurs Lab accelerator program last October. The publisher was the one behind such blockbuster franchises as Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry—offering guidance and studio space to startups.
Now, nevertheless, Ubisoft is officially promoting the launch of the game with this collaboration. “Ubisoft is always looking for new ideas to empower gamers, and Planetarium is paving the way towards more creative freedom for the community,” said Nicolas Pouard, Ubisoft’s Blockchain Initiative Director, in a statement. “The open-source model, coupled with an open economy, will create interesting new possibilities for players, and we are eager to see where this path leads us.”
Ubisoft has diddled in the blockchain space for some time now. Beyond helping various startups with the program above, Ubisoft also allied with EOS-based gaming platform Ultra to validate blocks on its blockchain, and earlier developed a prototype for a Minecraft-inspired blockchain game named HashCraft.
Last month, however, was the first time Ubisoft released its own blockchain-based game, Rabbids Token. The CryptoKitties-esque game, which enables players to buy characters from the popular Rabbids franchise with ETH, was produced by Ubisoft’s Strategic Innovation Lab. It is donating all proceeds to UNICEF.
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