Primordial Games, the Dundee-based game studio behind the Silent Tombs game concept, has picked up a ‘six figure’ two-year contract to develop a game for The Sandbox, the Hong Kong-based ‘metaverse’ platform.
The studio will create a game which can be played within The Sandbox. Content will be released on a monthly basis, with the first part being released in September 2021. No details have been released about the game as yet. The Scottish Games Network has reached out the Primordial games to ask for more details.
If you’re not yet familiar with The Sandbox, that’s likely to change in the reasonably near future. The game is literally a voxel-based sandbox, in which players can create their own environments, objects and complex mechanisms, which can then be shared and sold to other players.
The whole game is decentralised and based upon the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), also known as blockchain, which enables items created within the game to be owned, bought and sold.
The Sandbox is already working with several teams around the world and has signed deals with several major companies – including Atari – to incorporate assets into user-generated games.
According to The Courier, the deal will enable Primordial Games to operate on a full-time basis and grow the team.
Vaughan Holloway, the CEO of Primordial, said:
It means we can run our office for a full year, pay our staff and hire some additional colleagues as well.
It’s been hugely game changing.
We are really excited to be one of the first studios involved with this ground-breaking initiative.
Their vision is to curate a deeply immersive metaverse in which virtual worlds and games will be created collaboratively and without central authority.
Sébastien Borget, chief operating officer at The Sandbox, says:
We are thrilled to partner with Primordial and to see what and how their game will deliver for both the platform and the players.
Primordial is currently hiring two more staff, thanks to The Sandbox project and the Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to create work for young people between 16 and 24 currently on Universal Credit.
It’s a fantastic programme that’s going to help us expand and take on more ambitious projects in the future.Vuaghan Holloway – CEO, Primordial Games