Video game behemoth Ubisoft announced a new collection of NFT avatars in The Sandbox, a popular metaverse game. This move aligns with Ubisoft’s growing involvement in the blockchain world, making it one of the most active major publishers in this space.
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New additions to The Sandbox
The upcoming avatars draw inspiration from Ubisoft’s new Netflix animated series, “Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix”. This adults-oriented show is a unique blend of various Ubisoft franchises, and the avatars are designed to reflect this eclectic mix.
The collection will feature 1,866 unique player avatars, including iconic characters like Rayman, as well as Jade and Pey’j from Beyond Good & Evil. These avatars, minted on the Polygon network, will sport a futuristic, cyberpunk style akin to the show’s aesthetic.
The pricing for these avatars is yet to be disclosed, with the mint scheduled for November 29. Ubisoft’s previous foray into The Sandbox involved avatars from the Rabbids franchise, sold for 100 $SAND tokens each. Considering the current value of $SAND, this translates to around $42, though it was valued much higher at the time of sale.
Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix
“Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix” itself is an offshoot of the Far Cry 3 expansion, Blood Dragon to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. The series is a melting pot of references and characters from various Ubisoft titles, including Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, and Ghost Recon.
Ubisoft doubling down on Web3
Ubisoft’s involvement in the Web3 sector is rapidly expanding. Recently, the company announced a free Ethereum NFT drop tied to its upcoming game, Champions Tactics, on the Oasys blockchain. This move is in collaboration with Immutable, known for its Immutable X and Immutable zkEVM networks.
The publisher’s journey into blockchain began years ago. Notably, in late 2021, Ubisoft launched in-game Tezos NFT items for Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. They have since supported various ecosystems like Cronos and Hedera, ventured into fantasy soccer with a Sorare-based game, and even introduced Rabbids as Reddit NFT avatars.
Ubisoft’s latest initiative marks another significant step in its blockchain endeavors, combining the allure of popular game characters with the burgeoning world of NFTs and the metaverse.