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11/16/2023

Immutable and Arkbound: Bridging The Gap Between Traditional and Blockchain Gaming

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TL;DR

Arkbound offers a distinctive gaming experience that stands out with a unique approach to the blockchain gaming landscape. By offering the blockchain experience as an opt-in feature, players new to the blockchain space can easily join the journey without needing a wallet.

This approach stands out in the web3 gaming space as the team strives to balance the experience for both traditional RPG gamers and blockchain enthusiasts, and it creates an environment where different player types can coexist, interact, and collectively contribute to a thriving gaming ecosystem.

Arkbound masterfully combines traditional RPG nostalgia with web3 innovations, integrating NFTs to grant players genuine control over in-game assets. Its free-to-play model makes blockchain gaming more accessible, ensuring both casual players and web3 enthusiasts enjoy an immersive experience.

Black Tower Studios is an independent game development company founded in 2012 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It has a strong focus on consumer game development and leveraging the power of Unreal Engine to create innovative and engaging gaming experiences. They are dedicated to staying at the forefront of game development technology and bringing exciting new titles to gamers around the world.

In 2017, the team released Obsidian Legacy, a Japanese-style hack-and-slash ARPG on Steam. With its beautiful graphics and quality gameplay, Obsidian Legacy quickly attracted a dedicated and passionate player base. 

Bringing their experience from the triple-A gaming industry, Black Tower Studios aims to bridge the traditional and web3 gaming experience, offering players true ownership of in-game assets via blockchain. The new strategy for Arkbound promotes a user-friendly transition to blockchain gaming without compromising on the quality of the gaming experience. The team also brings expertise in traditional console gaming and the Unreal Engine, with several years of experience in both AAA titles and startup studios.

Immutable offers studios like Black Tower Studios with a complete end-to-end solution for web3 game development, across Player Experience, Developer Experience, Revenue Engine, and Infrastructure.

Especially with Immutable zkEVM, powered by Polygon, Arkbound joins an ecosystem of games that are built with low cost, high-speeds, with Ethereum grade security, ensuring that players have the smoothest gaming experience possible.

“Our mission is to combine the beloved elements of RPG with the innovative power of Web 3.0 technology to take blockchain gaming to the next level.” - Jingdi Yang, Producer @Black Tower Studios

A jam-packed roadmap in the coming months promises players with exciting updates, feature releases, and more:

Q4 2023

November 1st 

 - Arkbound Membership Pass

 - Ark Stone NFT Collection Pre-sale starts

 - Golden Mushroom Time-limited Event

 - New Character Creation UI

November 16th

- Ark Stone NFT Collection launch

December 18th

 - Cash Shop

 - New Region - Mira Cave

 - Updated Item Shop

Q1 2024

January 15th

 - Golden Mushroom Time-limited Event

February 1st

 - New Region - Toreara Cauldron

March 1st

 - Golden Mushroom time-limited Event

Excited to try Arkbound? Grab the game installer from their official website and link it to your Epic Games account to get started. Connecting your crypto wallet is optional, only necessary when you're ready to trade NFTs.

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