Life Beyond is a survival sandbox game that allows players to craft and build their own worlds. It’s not just about creativity but also survival on this planet, which makes it an interesting test case for blockchain-powered games. The developer started selling the in-game currency as NFTs in March 2018 only to shut down less than a year later.

The “the sandbox metaverse” was a game that released in 2016, and it went all-in on blockchain and NFTs. The game is no longer available, but the developers have created a new title called “Life Beyond.”

Whatever happened to survival sandbox Life Beyond? It went all-in on blockchain and NFTs

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It’s been a while since we checked in on survival sandbox Life Beyond, huh? The last time we looked at the game was back in November when it added training levels and such for a playtest. Well, let’s take a look back in to see what’s happening, and… oh no, the developers were bought out by blockchain company Amimoca Brands and they’re hard pivoting to go all-in on blockchain and NFT nonsense. Something that Darewise CEO Ben Charbit is apparently also absolutely supporting. So this is not going to be a pleasant or encouraging check-in, then.

The official Darewise Twitter account immediately tweeted excitement about the company’s partnership with Bored Ape Yacht Club, one of the most visibly prominent NFT organizations out there right now, although the initial tweet about the acquisition has been targeted by spammers. Darewise’s CEO Charbit states that the integration with Web3 and NFT technology will ultimately help the game, which is planning on another playtest this summer. However, his statements are long on vague promises with very little actual substance beyond repeated statements that the game will include NFTs and play-to-earn capabilities that will allegedly improve the experience for players in wholly non-specified ways.

If you’ve completely forgotten about Darewise till now, keep in mind that the studio (which is made up of former Ubisoft workers) was responsible for the survival sandbox ROKH, and Life Beyond was formerly known as Project C. In March of 2018, Darewise stated that ROKH was not being abandoned, but in July of same year, the project was formally halted (which, to be fair, was because ROKH was doing the opposite of making money). Given the company’s past record, it’s understandable to be dubious of Life Beyond’s claims anyway; the addition of the infamously unscrupulous and untrustworthy worlds of NFTs and blockchain should do little to alleviate that concern.

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