A new blockchain-based game project called Illuvium has already managed to garner support from major industry backers – a development that is partly due to the fact that Illuvium co-founders Kieran and Aaron Warwick are Kain Warwick’s brothers, the co-founder of decentralized financing platform (DeFi) Synthetix.
In a tweet on Friday, Kain announced that “after two years of pressure” his brothers revealed to the world a blockchain-based game:
Very excited that after years of pressure, two of my brothers are launching a crypto NFT game @milk_milk. As promised, I just finished that $ 1 million @chain link buy market in Kain.eth via @ 1inchExchange. I’m going offline for 2 weeks now, enjoy the start of 2021! https://t.co/LMb5YkJbtr
– kain.eth (@kaiynne) January 2, 2021
In an interview with Cointelegraph, Kieran Warwick clarified that development work has only been underway since September, and that the “two years” refers to the time that Kain had harassed Kieran to reenter crypto full-time.
“I left in 2016 to start a start-up in the food industry, [and] In hindsight, maybe not the best decision, ”Kieran admitted.
Despite the late recording, the few resources released to the public already promise a title with countless influences.
“The two genres we got the most inspiration from are RPGs to be collected (like Pokemon) and Auto Battlers (like Teamfight Tactics or Dota Underlords). In terms of aesthetics, we’re going for a stylized feel that’s somewhere between the manga style of RPG and more hyper-realistic games, ”said Kieran.
Gameplay will also feature some unique twists by leveraging a yield farming program for the native ILV token, as well as deploying NFTs in innovative ways that can affect the strategy behind game asset collection.
“We use a fusion mechanism where three Illuvial NFTs are burned by the user to create a more powerful Illuvial NFT. This mechanism is common in Auto Battlers, but by using smart contracts to control hitting and burning we’ve introduced more certainty for collectors and players. “
While ambition is great, the Warwick brothers bring an extensive ecosystem with them. Despite only entering crypto full-time recently, Kieran says he is no stranger concepts such as liquidity poolingas he currently “participates extensively with DeFi in more than 50 projects.”
Excited about the @milk_milk next level Metaverse!
Build on @UNVERSATILE X
(hyper scalable L2)
Everything brought to you by @KieranWarwick & Brothers!
– CryptoFit ($ NERDz) (@ Crypt0Fit) January 2, 2021
Plus, some of DeFi’s and gaming’s biggest names are early supporters. Kieran says “six of the top DeFi founders” have invested in Illuvium’s pre-seed round – presumably including Kain. Illuvium will also be built using a 2-scale solution from Immutable, the development studio behind it hit NFT card game Gods Unchained.
Kieran says he hopes to use these connections to create a gaming experience that empowers players.
“One of the most frustrating experiences as a gamer is feeling more like a consumer of a game than a participant, and while many game studios have improved this over the years by giving more control to their communities, there is no way to improve the level. of community property that we are going to provide in the traditional gaming world. “
To ensure this community property, Kieran said Illuvium is governed by a DAOallowing players to control gameplay tweaks and balancing. Additionally, a portion of the money from the results of high-stakes, winner-take-all “Leviathan” arena battles will be allocated to a vault operated by the DAO, as well as other fees.
Although even a game demo lasts “a few months” and the liquidity mining program is scheduled for March at the earliest, Illuvium’s 15-person team is determined to deliver a product in a market that they believe will ultimately will become the default.
“We believe mainstream gamers will see the opportunity to migrate to permissionless platforms where they can truly own the full game.”