- Yuga Labs, in partnership with video game publisher Faraway, is set to launch the open beta version of its metaverse game, Legend of The Mara (LotM), in September.
- Players can collect and evolve creatures known as Maras, which assist in resource generation and defense on their virtual lands.
- Yuga Labs and Faraway aim to make LotM an intricate and evolving experience, incorporating feedback from players to shape future game expansions.
Yuga Labs, in collaboration with video game publisher Faraway, has announced the open beta launch of its much-anticipated game, Legend of The Mara (LotM). This move is seen as the latest step in the ambitious journey of Yuga Labs’ metaverse gaming venture, Otherside Meta, which aims to blend the immersive experience of MMORPGs with the decentralized power of blockchain.
Yuga Labs is best known for its range of popular NFT collections, including the Mutant Ape Yacht Club, Bored Ape Yacht Club, and Bored Ape Kennel Club. Established in 2021, the company rapidly grew to a $4 billion valuation specializing in non-fungible tokens, gaming, and digital media. Yuga Labs expanded its repertoire last year with the launch of Otherside, a “gamified, interoperable metaverse” that combines elements akin to MMORPG experiences like World of Warcraft with blockchain-based metaverses such as The Sandbox and Decentraland.
The Otherside platform offers players the option to own virtual land through special NFTs known as Otherdeeds. But the vision is grander; with the LotM game, players (or Voyagers, as they are called within the game) can take their virtual experience to the next level, venturing into 2D strategic gameplay while interacting with their owned lands and characters.
Evolution and Features of Legend of The Mara
Before announcing the open beta launch set for September, Otherside has been through several evolutionary phases. A “First Trip” into Otherside was launched in August 2022, hosting 4,500 concurrent users. By March 2023, during the “Second Trip,” the platform successfully accommodated 7,000 users. The open beta is not just an addition but a significant expansion, built in Unity, aimed at elevating the gaming experience to new heights.
In the LotM universe, players can evolve from Mara into Kodamara, farm sediment, and protect their Otherdeed lands from emerging threats. This 2D strategy game allows players to unlock the powers of their Otherdeeds and earn rewards usable in future game expansions. Players can collect Maras, which come in three types—Hunters, Farmers, and Enchanters—and assign them to their land plots for resource generation and defense.
Why This Launch Matters
The LotM open beta holds special importance not just for Yuga Labs but for the metaverse gaming community as a whole. The company has emphasized community feedback as a crucial element of the game’s ongoing development. With Faraway as a partner, Yuga Labs aims to create diverse virtual environments including games, social hubs, and educational settings, thereby accommodating users with various interests and skill levels in game development.
Yuga Labs has consistently highlighted that LotM is a strategy game where players need to make informed decisions to fight the Shattered and defend the Otherside. With the open beta, the firm wants players to provide feedback, so the game can evolve over the coming months. It promises that more capabilities will be uncovered as the full launch nears.
Yuga Labs’ upcoming open beta launch for Legend of The Mara is not just another game release; it’s a significant milestone in the blending of decentralized blockchain universes and immersive gaming experiences. As the landscape of digital ownership and online gaming continues to evolve, all eyes will be on how Legend of The Mara shapes up in the coming months.