New updates and improvements to the Genoverse
Below are some of the items the Genopets team has worked on over the past few weeks. We’re pulling back the curtain to show you, fellow Genovians, what goes into making a game.
Note: most items below, unless noted, are not final. Many things that we share in Status Reports will include early renderings, prototypes, or explorations so please keep that in mind when sharing thoughts.
Honey, I’m Home! — Habitats are being loaded in the app as we speak
We’ve heard your questions about Habitats in-app, and don’t worry, we’re on it! Our global team is working around the clock, merging your standalone Genopets and Genesis Habitats for a stunning in-app experience. Here’s a sneak peek at what that will look like 👀
And speaking of Genesis Habitats…
Build unique worlds — Habitats are NFTs that have rarity beyond the Genoverse 🔥
We have developed the first and only play-to-mint experience where rarity is defined by the players.
Each habitat is procedurally generated in real-time as you play — meaning you’re not just randomly assigned an NFT we created. Your NFT literally did not exist until you called it into being. And your in-game actions affect your Habitat, which means no two Habitats are the same and the rarity is determined by the players. Even the physical landscape of each Habitat is unique.
In summary, the visuals are just the tip of the iceberg; there is a labyrinth of work behind them that make minting a Genesis Habitat a truly revolutionary experience. The smart contract created by our rockstar developers has 20,000 lines of code alone.
All of this essentially means that our developers and designers have probably created the most complicated NFT in existence. 🤯
Get to know W.H.I.T.T.A.K.R — 1,000+ years of Apex wisdom
Our team isn’t just composed of unbelievable engineers and kick-ass designers — It is also home to brilliant storytellers. These last several months they have been developing a powerful narrative that is both compelling and concise. It propels gameplay without getting in the way of it; for you see, our goal is to walk the difficult line between financial success and critical acclaim. And one of the major ways they’ve found of doing this is the creation of W.H.I.T.T.A.K.R.
So…Who or what is W.H.I.T.T.A.K.R?
W.H.I.T.T.A.K.R. is the AI that oversees the health and wellbeing of Esoterra’s flora and fauna and is the main defense against the invading nanobots that threaten the planet. Throughout the game he will act as an ally/wise mentor to you and your Genopet — you can think of him as Janet from The Good Place or Professor Oak from Pokemon.
W.H.I.T.T.A.K.R was created by the Apex Species, and like them, he is incredibly intelligent and advanced. Though he is represented as an oscillating voice, he has many human traits–most notably, his compassion and concern.
Proof of 🥕 — So much creativity we couldn’t have just one winner!
It’s safe to say carrots have never gotten so much exercise in their lives. It was unbelievable and extremely gratifying to see how many of you participated in week 1 of our Full-Set Friday giveaways. Your creativity was astounding — And it may or may not influence some future aspects of the game 😉.
The lengths you all went to create content were mind-boggling — hollowing out tons of carrots, carving carrots into weights, custom animations, short films! Not all of you understood the fitness assignment, but let me just say, we didn’t CARROT all!
We are beyond lucky our community is so amazing and so willing to play with us. That’s why we had to have more than the one winner we promised! Check out this montage of some of our favorite videos! ⬇️
A few other highlights:
- The first nurture mini-game has been developed in Unity! Check out this early-stage rendition of a fetch game that you will be able to play with your Genopet
- The flapping speed of air Genopets has been updated
- We have nearly solidified the formula for steps to energy conversion
- We began working on the mechanics of energy boosts
- Our Game Mechanics team designed spreadsheets with 1,000’s of cells to figure out the decay rate for different Genopet stages to keep users from abusing the system — and yes, the point is that you can’t read the numbers 😜
- The first two Power Cubes (Items you’ll craft in the Genoverse) have gone through 3D modeling
- Foliage for future non-genesis habitats have gone through 3D modeling. Here’s a sneak peek:
- We sent you on an epic virtual Hunt along with 14 other companies in Tiny Colony’s Easter Egg Hunt in the hopes of winning NFTs
- Genopets have been given voices! Check out some of the initial Genopets sounds that have been designed.
- The Dev team has created the API for Baby “creation” and is nearly done building out the baby Genopet experience
- We are currently fixing the “re-name pet” bug some of our beta testers have been experiencing along with a slew of other feedback and improvements we’ve found with the help of our Private Beta Testers. Thank YOU!
As a reminder, this is just a small sample of what we’ve been up to over the past few weeks. There’s a lot more in store before open beta, so follow along on Discord and Twitter to stay in the loop. Till next time.
— Team Genopets
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