The concept of the virtual land sale is gaining considerable traction in blockchain. One of the first iterations of this idea was forwarded by Decentraland, inviting users to explore the possibilities of a decentralized, publicly-owned virtual space. Decentraland was an instant hit among blockchain and crypto enthusiasts, as well as creative types who could design their own property within the virtual landscape and even turn that property to profit generating enterprises.
With virtual land ownership becoming a reality, similar projects were swift to follow suit. Some simply copy pasted the idea of virtual reality land sales, while some such as OVR attempted to innovate, transferring the concept into the realms of augmented, rather than virtual reality.
One of the more interesting variations on the theme was Sandbox which used parts of the basic Decentraland concept and mixed it with Minecraft inspired visuals as the foundation stone of new gaming experiences. Sandbox further allowed its users to create new gaming assets for its virtual world, providing the opportunity to monetize those creations.
The Final Frontier
As sci-fi fans will undoubtedly already know; space is the final frontier. For this reason it seems only logical that the next virtual land sale would explore the possibilities of travelling beyond our own solar system and visiting others in the search for habitable planets.
This is the concept and story which Alien Worlds is running with, opening up the possibility of a whole galaxy of locations and planets to explore. In the Alien Worlds new planets are explored via a wormhole after pandemics ravage the Earth. Following the exploration of a wormhole 6 habitable planets are found, with each allowing gamers unfettered movement without the scourge of severe lockdown restrictions.
In crypto terms Alien Worlds is an NFT defi metaverse where the NFTs have in-game utility. It’s a mix of gaming and defi yield farming with NFTs added in for good measure, making it a confluence of just about every big trend in blockchain technology right now.
It gets more intriguing when you look at the land assets available. Despite the fact that you might expect a universe of alien planets to have near infinite land resources, the team behind Alien Worlds has decided to make land assets a relatively scarce resource. Only 3,343 land NFTs are available in the Alien Worlds land sale which is to occur on December 4th. Compare this with Decentraland and Sandbox with 90,000 land parcels and 120,000 land parcels respectively, and the sheer scarcity of the land in Alien Worlds becomes clear.
Owning land in the Alien Worlds metaverse also confers considerable benefits with little to no further input required. Part of the game mechanics of Alien Worlds involves mining land resources to source Trilium (TLM). When miners wish to mine a piece of land that is owned by a third party, they must then pay commission on that mining. In this way owning and mining land assets in Alien Worlds is something like a defi yield farming proposition.
The Journey Begins
Defi and yield farming has been one of the big trends of 2020, dominating the headlines of crypto and blockchain. Alien Worlds has all of this and more. In fact, the project seems determined to gamify the entire defi and blockchain sector in one metanarrative. The audacity is staggering. Alien World is a bold, ambitious project which takes crypto land sales interstellar.