An Overview of the Otherside
Otherside is an upcoming metaverse project created by Yuga Labs that combines elements of MMORPGs and Web3-enabled worlds. The project is being developed as a gamified, interoperable metaverse where players can own and control various aspects of the game world, including their characters, lands, resources, and structures. This makes it a "metaRPG" where the players themselves have a direct impact on the game's development and evolution.
Inspired by the popular tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, Otherside aims to provide an always-evolving experience that is co-created with its players. Yuga Labs intends to involve the community in the game's development by offering prototype builds, demos, and tests, allowing players to help shape the final game design and experience.
Upon the launch of Otherside, NFT holders of BAYC, MAYC, BAKC, Meebits, and CryptoPunks will receive 3D models of their NFTs which they can play as characters in the game. Players who don't own these specific NFTs will have the option to import and create their own characters through the ODK (more on this below).
The Otherside is being built on top of Improbable’s game engine, MSquared (M²).
The M² game engine is a revolutionary game engine developed by Improbable that enables unprecedented levels of player interaction and immersion. The engine is capable of supporting over 10,000 players interacting simultaneously in a game world, with natural voice chat supported even in crowded areas.
One of the key features of the M² engine is the use of AI to generate a variety of unique appearances for characters and crowds based on the player's perspective. This means that even in very large crowds, each player will have a different experience and view of the game world.
Another notable feature of the M² engine is its incredible scalability. The engine is capable of scaling to 500 billion operations per second, which is a massive improvement over the typical 10,000 operations per second seen in other game engines.
Game Currency and Economy
ApeCoin will be the primary in-game currency in the Otherside Metaverse, and it will be used to power the game's economy. Players will use ApeCoin to purchase various items and resources that are available in the game world. These items may include artifacts, resources, weapons, armor, and other in-game assets that can enhance the player's experience.
Learn more about ApeCoin in our previous post.
Otherdeeds are the lands that make up the game world of Otherside. Each Otherdeed is a dynamic NFT that represents a piece of land in the game, including all its elements, such as resources and artifacts. Unlike a traditional static representation of a land, Otherdeeds are designed to evolve along with the actions of the players in the game.
Landowners in Otherside will be creators and have the ability to shape the game world. They will be able to participate in demos, prototypes, test builds, in-person events, and contests that help bring the Otherside to life. The game will co-evolve with its players, and the decisions made by the land owners will have a significant impact on the game's development.
There will be a total of 200,000 Otherdeeds in Otherside, with the first 100,000 released in an initial land sale last year. The remaining 100,000 Otherdeeds will be exclusively rewarded to players who hold Otherdeeds and contribute to the development of Otherside.
Check out the community wiki For a comprehensive overview of Otherdeeds: www.otherside-wiki.xyz
Initial Land Sale
The initial land sale of Otherdeeds occurred on April 30, 2022. The total supply of Otherdeeds available on the open market was 55,000, with a mint price of 305 APE (equivalent to $5,800 at the time).
During the sale, a total of 32,860 holders acquired Otherdeeds, with the distribution of ownership being divided into three categories. Claims from Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC) members accounted for 30% of the supply, while 15% was allocated to internal contributors. The remaining 55% of the Otherdeeds were available for purchase by the general public.
The sale caused significant network congestion on the Ethereum blockchain, with a total of 60,234 ETH spent on gas fees. A record 1,666 ETH was also lost due to failed transactions during the sale.
View an in-depth overview of the Otherdeed market and initial land sale stats on Dune: https://dune.com/hildobby/Otherside
Total Trade Volume: 454,063 ETH ($1,089,172,867)
Current Floor Price: 2 ETH
Max Floor Price: 7.6 ETH (May, 2022)
Average Daily Volume: 7,500 ETH
Those looking to purchase Otherdeeds can use our dashboard for a comprehensive view of traits and prices:
Roadmap / Timeline
Yuga and Improbable have designed a creative way to enable the community to participate in the iterative development of The Otherside through a concept called The Obelisk. The Obelisk lays out a series of events in which Otherdeed and NFT holders can participate.
First Trip [07-16-2022]
The first trip occurred on July 16th, 2022. This event served as the first tech demo to showcase the capabilities of the MSquared game engine and its ability to support large-scale gameplay.
Over 10,000 players, represented as Apes, participated in a mini-game where they explored a small area of the Otherside world and worked together to defeat a boss. This event was a significant milestone in the development of Otherside, as it demonstrated the potential of the game engine to support large-scale gameplay with natural voice chat and AI-powered crowd mechanics.
The first trip was one of several planned incremental releases called “trips” that will showcase different aspects of the full game as it continues to be developed.
Codex [TBA] - A living document of lore co-written by landholders. It also describes a concept called land linking.
Koda Origins // The Decoupling [TBA] - Kodas are available on 10k of the Otherside deeds. This event will be related to the “unlinking” of these Kodas from their lands, turning them into a standalone NFT.
The Growth [TBA] - Lands will start producing resources, and an invasive species emerges.
The Agora [TBA] - Item marketplace is opened, and item crafting begins.
The Dream [TBA] - An Arcade machine at the center of the biogenic swamp?
The Choice [TBA] - Release of a faction system and new lands.
The Settling [TBA] - Start building structures on lands.
The Toolkit [TBA] - Release of the Otherside Development Kit (ODK)
The Aeronauts [TBA] - The most ambiguous event on the obelisk related to the discovery of something new based on a “different perspective.”
The Rift [TBA] - Full game launches, choose stats for your character, and dive into the Otherside.
The Otherside Development Kit (ODK) is one of the most well-known components of Otherside. ODK is an acronym for Otherside Development Kit, and it is based on the Software Development Kit (SDK) concept that software developers use to build on top of existing products. Yuga has applied the SDK concept to Otherside, allowing creators to develop and integrate their own art, 3D models, 2D images, character rigs, emotes, and other creations, as long as they adhere to the ODK standards.
These standards are similar to ERC standards used to build NFTs. The ERC-721 standard ensures that one project's NFT works with everyone else's NFTs on the same marketplaces, lending platforms, and other platforms. Similarly, the ODK defines standards for game items to ensure interoperability across ecosystems and games. For example, using the ODK, players could bring their Ape character into the Otherside along with their Mutant Hound mount and favorite sword.
The ODK breaks items into 3 categories:
People - Your account, friends list, and identity across Otherside.
Places - Worlds with common game systems.
Things - Interoperable objects, avatars, wearables, items you can take between places - within the Otherside, and beyond.
The ODK will offer an "application" alongside its guidelines, allowing users to download the ODK app and easily convert their 3D model into an ODK-compliant NFT. More technically advanced builders will also likely be able to use code to have greater control over the creation of assets.
Assets created through the ODK will be called "Templates" and can only be "Manufactured" by players with the necessary resources. For instance, crafting a chair may require basic Root Resources, while creating a rare item like "The Sword of Truth" could require a combination of hard-to-find Resources.
The ODK will also include functionality for a process called Imbuing. Imbuing gives a chance for an object to get a random special property as it is Manufactured. The better the resources used for imbuing, the better the potential special properties.
How to Participate
Purchase an Otherdeed / Trade the market. Use our dashboard for better resource analysis.
With your deed, participate in iterative game prototypes/demos. The second trip is approaching swiftly.
Join layer-2 communities like OtherGuild to start creating your own lore and participating in mini games.
Apply to use the ODK to become a dev for the Otherside.
The Otherside's ambitious vision is a massive undertaking, and the success of the project remains to be seen. Their approach to iterative releases via the Obelisk and involving the community in the development process is a positive sign that they are willing to listen and adapt to their players and partners’ feedback. Time will tell whether the Otherside will be revolutionary to the gaming and web3 industry, or whether it will fall short of expectations. Nonetheless, the Otherside is an exciting project that is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the metaverse and is one to keep an eye on in the future.
Read the lite paper for more information: https://otherside.xyz/litepaper
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