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Little Digital Factory has announced that it is making Infinite Drive “the first true driving metaverse.” The mobile game will use non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and Web3 technology.
The game studio, based in Montreal, Canada and Lyon, France, has 35 people and has long -standing relationships with automakers. He said the free game will already have more than 100 licensed cars by the end of the year.
Infinite Drive is set to debut worldwide on mobile devices in Q1. But the company will sell NFTs in its cars over the summer.
Testing the driving skills of players, Infinite Drive will combine fast and realistic gameplay with beautiful graphic fun with officially licensed cars, the company said.
Tiny Digital Factory has long-standing relationships with world-class automakers such as McLaren, Porsche, Mercedes AMG and Ford, while the Infinite Drive showroom already includes high-performance cars from Renault, Alpine, Ruf and W Motors.
Designed by racing fans for racing fans, Infinite Drive’s simulation-based gameplay will bring the excitement of being in the driver’s seat to the mobile metaverse, the company said. Players can feel, hear and experience the unique characteristics of each car on the track, competing online with each other.
Using the power of Web3 technology, highly skilled drivers can “Race to Win”. They can participate in official races, competitions and even share victories, just like a real -world racing team.
In addition, the integration of Web3 technology allows players to build, trade and own their own collection of dream cars as they compete for pole position on the track. Starting this summer, Infinite Drive will offer an initial collection of 5,000 licensed NFT cars from premium real-world brands, giving instant access to the closed alpha phase of play.
However, players don’t need to have a car to enjoy Infinite Drive and improve their racing skills, and the entire game is free on iOS and Android.
“With its game engine architecture and unique digital car properties, Infinite Drive is the culmination of twenty years of game simulation development,” said Stéphane Baudet, CEO of The Tiny Digital Factory, in a statement. . “For decades, racing fans have lovingly watched their coveted cars in virtual garages. That’s why we’ve used Web3 technology to allow players to own and monetize their cars. , along with an amazing track gaming experience.Infinite Drive offers access to mobile games, along with playback and revenue, providing tools to reward enthusiastic players who already host racing event and helps us create the best driving experience possible.
The company’s developers are working on titles like Jurassic World: The Game, Gangstar, Hitman Sniper, Fallout Shelter, and Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch.
Tiny Digital Factory’s team experience includes GT Manager and F1 Mobile Racing. He also worked with Animoca Brands to develop F1 Delta Time, a pioneering Web3 driving game, as well as the popular game REVV Racing. Animoca Brands lost its license for the F1 brand and announced in March that it was closing F1 Delta Time.
Infinite Drive has so far been entirely funded by The Tiny Digital Factory, according to Baudet, in an email to GamesBeat.
The first collection of NFT vehicles will be available to the community in early July 2022, while The Tiny Digital Factory’s next Series A funding round will support the public release of Infinite Drive.
The company has worked with more than 20 automakers over the past three years in previous games.
“For Infinite Drive, we have already licensed about 30 car models from six car manufacturers. Other major car brands will be announced in the coming weeks and we expect to have more than 100 licensed car model by the end of 2022, ”Baudet said.
In addition to cars, the company owns official race tracks and speaks to numerous racing franchises around the world and in countries such as the US, UK, Japan and Australia.
“Instead of licensing championships, however, our goal is to provide these partners with the tools to create and run their own digital events for their communities,” Baudet said.
I asked what Baudet thought of the resistance to NFT games from gamers and some game developers.
He said: “Ten years ago we experienced the same kind of resistance when mobile gaming embraced the free-to-play model. We have been involved in blockchain gaming since 2020 with our partner Animoca Brands. Initially, we were also skeptical about the sustainability of these game economies, but gradually we learned about decentralized mechanisms such as co-ownership and their benefits for players. . In blockchain games, invested players can really save their time or financial investment. The management mechanisms also allow the gaming community to be heard and have a positive impact on the game development roadmap.
Closed Alpha of the game will be available in early July 2022. Anyone who owns one of the first series of cars will have quick access to the game. The public release of the game is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.
“Infinite Drive has a game engine architecture at its core, combined with access to free mobile gaming, gambling and revenue, and has a unique digital car,” Baudet said. “Web3 also offers tools to reward invested players who organize community racing events and help us create the best possible riding experience.”
As for the economic model, Baudet said: “In my opinion, web3 offers a more balanced economic model between players, investors and creators. If the game is to be successful, all 3 should benefit. party alike.Play-and-revenue races and rental income make it more profitable for the users involved.If players win, the game will go viral and little investment in marketing will needed to get new users.
A racing metaverse?
I also questioned how it was a career metaverse, as opposed to a racing game.
“Infinite Drive is more of a digital space dedicated to car fans than just a game. At its heart are the garages that hold NFT car collections with users, where they can share their favorite community cars, ”Baudet said. “It also offers the first dedicated marketplace tailored to new and used auto NFTs. Today, auto enthusiasts spend a lot of time browsing websites like Autotrader to find hidden gems or unique car models.I would be happy if the Infinite Drive community had fun and spent a lot of time browsing our inside the market.Finally, Infinite Drive offers features that allow users to create communities (Clubs) around interests such as car brands or to gather to showcase and test their individual vehicles.
Baudet also talked about the inspiration for the game.
“Almost 18 years ago, I ran my first game studio, Eden Games. At the time, MMO games were popular and I wanted to make a supercar-themed MMO,” Baudet said. “Fortunately, Atari, our parent company, had a brand, Test Drive, that launched the whole fantasy of supercars in video games in the 1980s. With a very talented team, we took over. this dormant brand and created Test Drive Unlimited, the first of many.Multiplayer online racing game (MMORG) .Even though Test Drive Unlimited introduced many innovations in the racing genre, the technology at the time was too limited to fully aware of our vision, and we had very little of a studio to build it all in. The concept of Infinite Drive is similar to Test Drive Unlimited, but this time I wanted it to be an open platform, to be able to ot it to colleagues and the gaming community.
Prior to joining Tiny Digital Factory, key team members worked on several successful console and mobile games such as Jurassic Park World, Fallout Shelter, Rollercoaster Tycoon and Hitman Sniper. Since then, as a company, the company has developed or co-developed several games in the racing genre, including F1 Mobile Racing (EA), GT Manager (self-published), F1 Delta Time and Revv Racing (the two Animoca brands).
Baudet founded the studio in Montreal in 2015 and opened a second studio in Lyon in 2017, when his colleagues Pierre Carde (general manager) and Olivier Raffard (licensing and business manager) joined him.
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