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The Sandbox will soon launch their own NFT marketplace, while also adding wearables to their offering. Separate tweets from the game company gave us a first glimpse of what to expect. These developments seem to coincide with the imminent launch of Season 0, an early version of the game that will give players their first gameplay experience within The Sandbox multiverse.
The Sandbox labels their wearable NFTs as the next frontier for gaming NFTs. Players will have their own equipment, clothing and accessories to customize their avatar. These items can game with gameplay enhancement, like for example extra strength or speed.
In some cases these wearables will only exist inside a certain game world. These are items that for example can be found through questing. However, purchased items are likely to be available in many places – if not everywhere – inside The Sandbox.
In another tweet the company’s co-founder and COO Sebastien Borget hinted at the arrival NFTs in The Sandbox Marketplace. Whether this marketplace is their own product or tapping into existing platforms like OpenSea, is unclear at the moment.
The Sandbox Season 0
The Sandbox is getting ready to launch Season 0 of its virtual world. The pre-launch event will feature a limited amount of game experiences, which will unlock over a period of time. Season 0 will only be accessible by landowners, but might open up to more gamers along the way.
The event will offer more than forty different game experiences with a variety of gameplay mechanics. Some will be challenging platforming games, other are more social hubs or adventure role playing games. According to the announcement there will also be faction levels.
The Sandbox is giving 1000 SAND (~240 dollars at this moment) to the first thousand players who complete all the pre-season objectives. There are also smaller amounts of SAND to be earned while playing. In addition players can spend their earned tokens on in-game assets.
What is The Sandbox?
The Sandbox is one of the blockchain-powered virtual worlds currently in development. The virtual world of The Sandbox consists out of lands, and voxels fill up each of those lands. Visually it will remind many gamers of Minecraft, as both games have this Lego-inspired look to them. However, players are able to buy virtual land and implement any form of monetization. These virtual lands can become mini-games, adventures, virtual shops, extensions of actual webshops, a space for social gatherings, and so on.
The Sandbox is providing free tools for developers, gamers and content creators. Creators can use VoxEdit to make objects. In addition the Game Maker allows users to create interactivity on their virtual land. The Sandbox will also create a meta gaming experience. Players can for example do daily quests or weekly quests for their guild. This will earn players SAND, which they can sell or use to buy in-game items or virtual land.
Over the past twelve months The Sandbox has been setting up all kinds of partnerships. Think about Care Bears, The Smurfs and Atari. In addition they’ve created a game fund to stimulate developers to create unique games within The Sandbox. Hack The Tao, Mushroom Mania, Planet Rift and Dethrone are some of these indie games.
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