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- 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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