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NFT News Updates
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on February 2, 2022, 2:27 pm NST

Not much too much has happened over the past couple months after the Metaverse sale concluded. But this past week, a few notable events have occurred that we wanted to wrap up in an update for you.

Neopets Metaverse Posts Roadmap
The Neopets Metaverse team has posted a second roadmap, this time including timelines for when some sort of game will enter alpha/beta testing, along with some specific financial capital goals.

In Q1 2022, the "basic gameplay" will be introduced, which as of now includes:

As a quick teaser, these elements include Neopets customizations for battling and cosmetic purposes, Neopets species, Neohomes, National Neopian Bank (treasury staking), mini-games (farming native tokens), Battledome (for Neopets to engage in battle), and the Neopets Metaverse marketplace.

Q2 2022 will introduce a trailer, giving an official "sneak peek" at the game. A private sale of native game tokens will also be held privately for strategic investors and advisors. A separate token offering will also occur for the public to buy in.

In Q3 2022, the alpha testing version of the Neopets Metaverse will launch.

In Q4 2022, new "GameFi elements" and land ownership will be introduced, allowing for an "open-world experience."

In 2023 "and beyond," the game will finally enter beta testing.

It seems that in general, this roadmap offers nothing new from the hastily posted October 2021 roadmap, apart from adding game development timelines (which seem unreasonably fast), along with promising to solicit more money.

Second Neopets NFT Project Still Coming to Quidd
You may remember back in October—or not, amongst all the Metaverse hubbub—that we posted about another digital collectibles and NFT project coming to Quidd featuring Neopets. The project was quickly suspended after the issues that arose from the Metaverse project.

However, in an audio AMA posted yesterday, February 1st, the CEO of Quidd softly confirmed that Neopets NFTs are still in the works.

He specifically gives a long explanation about how Quidd is much better suited to handle new NFT drops since they have been around since NFTs started, and would therefore be immune to the "it's only a cash grab!" backlash. He goes on to say another of Quidd's advantages is that they sell digital collectibles first, with the option to convert them into NFTs if the owner decides to.

Neopets Metaverse Featured in Crypto News Publication Coindesk
Lastly, just today, the Neopets Metaverse was featured in article published to Coindesk, a self-proclaimed "leader in cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, blockchain, DeFi, digital finance and Web 3.0 news."

And the article does not look good for the Neopets Metaverse—which is quite significant given this is coming from a crypto-focused publication in an industry that's all about hype and where FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) is a bannable offense.

The author writes a well-researched summary of the controversy and chaos that ensued after the Neopets Metaverse project was announced, and we've learned a few new interesting nuggets as well.

Apparently, the original Metaverse team was given the kibosh back in December and replaced with new employees, as we learn in this passage about the current team being unable to answer a question about the project using Dress to Impress for creating NFTs:

In an interview with CoinDesk, project manager Danning Chen declined to comment on the [unauthorized usage of Dress to Impress], but sent a follow-up email from the project team saying the current Neopets Metaverse team was new, having made staffing changes in December 2021 after the sale of the NFTs.

“Some of the original team members that worked on the project have left already, we are looking into what happened,” the email read.

After summarizing the recently posted roadmap (see above), we also learn that at least 5 new team members have been brought in to work on the Metaverse game:

These are lofty goals for a project that, according to Chen, currently has only five full-time team members.

The lack of resources appears evident with some cursory googling. A search for “cartoon fantasy village” pulls up the backdrop of the project’s website, a Shutterstock image that can be licensed for $12. It’s unclear if the team’s current roster includes a digital artist.

Not looking good for a game as visual as Neopets when artists are still not spoken for on the team.

Take a read through of the full article below—we recommend it!

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There are 18 comments below. Add yours!

winterland, February 2, 2022 2:43 PM NST
Seriously, Im a bit dissapointed with this development.
Jaja some rich neopian want to buy the site? Ill gladly volunteer some hours per week to help...
Its incredible how loyal this playerbase is, despite the bad management, thanks JN.
zaitoutau, February 2, 2022 2:52 PM NST
Thank you for the update on this unfortunate dumpster fire. Hopefully things get better. I'm glad y'all shared the Coinbase article, I wouldn't have seen it otherwise and it was pretty interesting to read.
dadylman, February 2, 2022 2:57 PM NST
So... does this mean that the original Metaverse team up-and-left after the sale of the NFTs?? Like a “take the cash and run”? Weren’t they getting bonuses (aside from personal NFTs) too?

Isn’t this JUST what JN predicted?
dave - JN Staff, February 2, 2022 3:06 PM NST
@dadylman: We have no idea if the original Metaverse team was fired, transferred to somewhere else, or quit on their own.

Given how some of those team members behaved--they *should* have been fired.

Even if you put aside all the homophobia and insults lobbed at Neopets players, the original Metaverse team failed spectacularly at selling 20,000 NFTs as originally promised. They barely sold over 4,000 of them.
pikachu315111, February 2, 2022 4:50 PM NST
Well this is an opportune moment to post this very insightful and entertaining video (and long though I think it's worth the watch ) revealing just how bad NFTs are (they're somehow even worse than you imagine!):
purrmeister, February 2, 2022 8:19 PM NST
A game in alpha by Q3 of this year when it's already February? That's HILARIOUS LMFAO what kind of Herbal Scrambled Eggs are they eating over at this company that they think this is doable. Eat dung and die
katina_choovanski, February 2, 2022 9:20 PM NST
I think they're just smoothing the mound over the grave of NFT's and trying to make it seem 'nicer'. The people that got fired were probably the scapegoats. They can say anything they want about them-we don't know. Yet they still pursue NFT's...not that sorry about them I guess. You know, a new app that supposedly allows you do do EVERYTHING you can do on Neopets seems like a future replacement of the site...into app form.
zeelink, February 3, 2022 12:34 AM NST
That was a good and fair article, I'm glad crypto fans are also seeing this for what it is: an incompetent cash grab.
nukaworldnora, February 3, 2022 7:27 AM NST
I know it's long, but please, please watch the video linked above. Folding Ideas has made the seminal work on the topic of NFTs. No one can say for sure that they're connected, but the crypto market as a whole lost $2 billion the day after he released it.
verdego, February 3, 2022 9:45 AM NST
Gonna be honest - I'll be really surprised if anything comes of this at any point. I'm pretty sure this is just enough to string along a few misguided buyers until everything eventually folds. The goals are so vague and unrealistic it's hilarious.
gerardz, February 3, 2022 1:37 PM NST
Dave, I'm sorry that you had to even keep up with this news to report it to us. Sad that Neo keeps shilling this bs.
nobody, February 3, 2022 2:19 PM NST
It makes me want to summon a demon possession to grow extra limbs to cover my ears and eyes and throw myself screaming into an abyssal portal.
jen_aside, February 3, 2022 3:07 PM NST
I'm sort of surprised a crypto site ran this article, but it's very good!
snudycaisu, February 4, 2022 7:57 AM NST
These updates are scary!
roshchodesh, February 5, 2022 10:56 AM NST
Ho boy.
(from Bloomberg)
Hermès Sues Mason Rothschild Over Sale of Birkin Bag NFTs
Nike Files Trademark Suit Against StockX Over NFT Service

Remember when neopets was a game?
twistedlittledreamer, February 5, 2022 4:21 PM NST
thanks for the link to the article, it was very informative and only confirms my thoughts on this so called new version of Neopets.
peppermint, February 5, 2022 10:59 PM NST
Out of curiosity, does anyone here actually fiddle around with the metaverse? I mean in general, not specific to anything Neo-wise. Or know someone who does? Because I know absolutely no one who does anything in the metaverse or has any desire to.
recklesse, February 6, 2022 12:18 AM NST
Since ‘the Metaverse’ is more of a concept or idea and not an actual thing, I don’t think you’ll find anybody who’s participated in it. I’ve met people who bought a little crypto or NFTs. Those with any sense say it isn’t worth it.

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