In the massively multiplayer online (MMO) world of Worldwide Webb, there are more than a million Ethereum NFT avatars with a design that looks like it came from the Super Nintendo. Most metaverse games have 3D landscapes, which work better or worse depending on the game.
New financing helps it grow
Today, Thomas Webb’s company, Global Webb, said that Pantera Capital would fund a $10 million Series A round. This is the first outside fundraising round for the game since it came out in 2020.
Worldwide Webb is a browser-based game that lets players connect using an Ethereum wallet and use NFT avatars from hundreds of popular collections, such as Bored Ape Yacht Club, CryptoPunks, Doodles, Cool Cats, Deadfellaz, and more.
Each compatible avatar is turned into a 2D pixel character that players can control to explore the world, talk to other players, and enjoy the story.
Worldwide Webb’s NFT land plots, which are customizable digital apartments, have led to trade worth more than $80 million.
Webb, the company’s founder and CEO, said that the money will help him add to the 30 people on his development team.
“We’re moving quickly and getting product out the door,” Webb said. We’d like to move faster. We want to build and make new things more quickly.”
The next big step is Blockbusterz, a five-player PvP mode.
Webb showed how NFT interoperability lets players bring in Apes, Cats, Punks, and more into the mode.
It’s like the popular mobile game Brawl Stars in that players fight to take over the battlefield.
The exciting 3D trailer up top shows the cross-project experience, and at the end, there’s a small look at the 2D gameplay.
“Because we have over 200 collections integrated, I wanted to see the Deadfellaz versus the Doodles,” Webb stated. “I wanted to see CryptoPunks versus the Bored Ape Yacht Club in competitive battles—and then for us to be able to issue rewards.”
In the PvP mode, players can “compete-to-mint” to win NFTs. Webb said that the game is designed to make it hard to cheat with a bot or script, which was a problem for the company that made Bored Ape, Yuga Labs, with its recent Dookey Dash gaming competition.
Webb wants to take even more ideas from RuneScape and Ultima Online to add more game play and story to keep people interested. He said that the money would be used to hire experienced people to help build Worldwide Webb into a “massive, vast universe.”
Webb said he wants to make native apps for iOS and Android if Apple and Google accept Web3 business models, and he wants to bring the game to console platforms if Nintendo and PlayStation accept NFTs.
Even though eye-catching 3D trailers are just teasers, his team is looking into ways to add 3D elements without taking away from the nostalgic appeal.
He used the Square Enix game Octopath Traveler as an example of a successful hybrid style.
Webb likes the 2D look because it is different. He wants to use pixel graphics to make a large-scale, cross-project metaverse mash-up like “Ready Player One.” In Fortnite, you can play with people from other IP addresses in a closed garden.
“What I was really hoping to do was to see a metaverse game that people can go into, but they can bring these things in,” he says, “in a permissionless manner.”
Cover Image Source: decrypt.co