Visiting virtual worlds like Cryptovoxels will potentially be done using a personal, digital passport that works across game worlds and unifies wallets, wearables and friend lists. New Zealand-based developer Ben Nolan has that idea in mind. Most people know him for his work on Cryptovoxels, one of the biggest blockchain-powered virtual worlds on the market.
By selling 3026 parcels and making one million dollars in revenue in just two years, many claim Cryptovoxels is already a success story. But Nolan has much bigger ambitions for his virtual world. Currently the crypto art community has a home inside Cryptovoxels.
Nolan loves the activity that’s going on in the art community. ‘It’s been such a joy seeing the art in-world’. But the New Zealand-based developer originally wanted games and all kinds of cooperative functionalities in his virtual world. But ‘it’s just a longer journey’, he told Play to Earn. He expected his world to be much more interactive.
“I wanted more scripts, more real time games, building collaboratively. Because of technical issues and optimizing for what people are using, meant that those features haven’t been build yet, or are taking a lot longer than I would’ve hoped.”Ben Nolan, to Play to Earn (13-4-2020)
Nolan works together with a very small team of three. He hopes his team and the community are able to keep inspiring each other for the years to come. “Getting everyone bouncing off each other and creating tools for the community to build with is my biggest wish”, he explained.
The metaverse is not the ability of a virtual world to incorporate many types of projects, the ability of different worlds to connect together. Everybody has different ideas about how that should work. For example, I think gamers should have a digital passport that identifies their avatar across multiple game worlds. This avatar should be able to travel smoothly between different digital realms, for example from Decentraland to Minecraft, and from Cryptovoxels to VRChat.
“I hope the metaverse will be a bunch of websites that share their data for avatars, wearables and friend lists. You can portal from Cryptovoxels to other worlds, and your friends can follow you straight through the portal, seamlessly. Currently that’s not possible”Ben Nolan, to Play to Earn (13-04-2020)
Nolan is already talking about ‘cross-coordination between worlds’ with for example the M3 Organization. In addition the Cryptovoxels team recently got in touch with the Blockchain Game Alliance, which Nolan is eager to join. The fact that multiple people and organizations are working on ‘a passport for the metaverse’, means that something will be coming in the next few years.
Nolan thinks that Ethereum is the most likely blockchain for the project, because it’s the most dominant one with NFTs. He adds that this passport should contain information about an user’s avatar, wearables and wallet addresses of friends. “It needs to be stored somewhere decentralized, even if everyone accesses it through some kind of gateway API”, he stated.
Selling out on Cryptovoxels?
So far Nolan made over 1 million dollars selling virtual land for Cryptovoxels. Even though Origin City has now sold out, his revenue streams will not end here. He’s planning to open up islands that connect to the center city with bridges. However, it’s wrong to see this as a simple way to grab more money.
In a recent article Andrew Steinwold already highlights that Ben Nolan isn’t selling out. Major investors wanted to support the project financially, of course in exchange for revenue shares and board memberships. The Kiwi declined all offers, and continued his own way to maintain full creative freedom.
What about five to ten years from now?
“I expect to still be independent, with hopefully thousands of islands and hundreds of thousands of users. And Cryptovoxels will be running on many platforms, like your television, smartphone, and your VR headset”, Nolan said wishfully.
Also published on Medium.