Somnium Space has announced new features that allows users to access the virtual world through the web, while also adding independent virtual game worlds. The developers called these features Somnium Space Web and Somnium Space Worlds respectively. In addition they’ve revealed more new features.
Somnium Space Web and Somnium Space Worlds aren’t the only new reveals for the virtual world. Next month the second land sale will start, while gamers can soon create and mint their own avatars. However, minting an avatar is a small feature when compared to launching an entire game world.
Somnium Space Worlds allows users to create an independent virtual world that’s instantly accessible from within Somnium Space. These worlds come in three sizes (small, medium and extra large) and each is tokenized on the blockchain. That means that everybody who owns such a token, owns a portal to their own virtual world.
The only requirement is that this portal needs to be placed on your own parcel. Therefore you need a parcel and you need a portal to your alternative dimension. Somnium Space Worlds will launch in Q1 2021.
In addition the team revealed Somnium Web. This allows users to share their own parcel through a regular web link. Receipiants of the link can access that particular parcel directly from their web browser. This version of Somnium Space allows cross-client voice-enabled multiplayer chat, and thus it’s very nice to host host events there.
Somnium Web will allow full interactivity including video & audio live-streams, Web3 implementation for native interaction with blockchain tokens and so on. In addition VR headsets are supported through WebXR. Somnium Space Web is coming in December this year.
Besides adding new features to the way the world in Somnium Space works, the team also worked on avatars. Users will now be able to tokenize their avatars directly from within the downloadable PC client. That means that you creation is stored on the blockchain in your wallet, and can be sold to other people as well. Somnium Space is working on making these avatars compatible with other virtual worlds.
Buying land in Somnium Space
The new reveals will likely create renewed and serious interest in Somnium Space. Currently the cheapest land is available for 1.5 ETH, which would be a small parcel. Medium parcels cost at least 4 ETH, while XL parcels have a 7.5 ETH price tag minimum. However, starting from November 1st the developers will sell a new batch of virtual land.
The secondary land offering will start on November 1st. On a weekly basis they will sell a certain amount of land. In total there will be 350 land parcels for sale and 70 tokens for Somnium Space Worlds. Gamers and investors can use DAI, ETH and Somnium Cubes during the auctions. The cheapest land parcels have a minimum price of 300 dollars, while the most expensive start at 1600 dollars. The pricing for Somnium Worlds starts at 800 dollars ETH for two small Worlds.
What is Somnium Space?
Somnium Space is a virtual world in which landowners can build whatever they want to. The program registers landownership on the Ethereum blockchain. In addition all players can visit these creations and interact with each other. The developers have created Somnium Space with VR headsets in mind, even though players can also access to world through their desktop or laptop.
Value of land in Somnium Space has been increasing incredibly over the year. We can also see this increased demand for virtual land in other virtual worlds and even in blockchain-powered video games. League of Kingdoms, Brave Frontier Heroes and Axie Infinity are just a few of the examples that offer digital land to their players. Recently The Sandbox did a land pre-sale where gamers and creatives could buy virtual land for 40 dollars. Now the minimum price for land inside The Sandbox is 0.45 ETH, which is roughly 200 dollars.
Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he’s a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He’s a content manager and creator at heart, working on Play to Earn and for a variety of third party magazines and websites.