An innovative blockchain-based game project called Illuvium has already managed to attract support from major industry subsidies – a development partly due to the fact that Illuvium co-founders Kieran and Aaron Warwick are the brothers of Kain Warwick, co-founder of the decentralized finance (DeFi) platform Synthetix.
In a tweet on Friday, Cain announced that “after two years of pressure” his brothers revealed a blockchain-based game to the world:
Extremely excited that after many years of pressure, two of my brothers are launching a crypto-NFT game @illuviumio. Also, as promised, I just finished the $ 1m @ chainlink market buying Kain.eth via @ 1inchExchange. I’m going offline for two weeks now, enjoy the beginning of 2021! https://t.co/LMb5YkJbtr
– kain.eth (@kaiynne) January 2, 2021
In an interview with the Cointelegraph, Kieran Warwick emphasized that development work has only been going on since September, and that the “two years” refer to how long Cain had made a badger on Kieran to get into crypto full time.
“I went to start a start-up in the food industry in 2016, [and] in retrospect, perhaps not the best conversation, ”admitted Kieran.
Despite the late recording, the few resources released to the public already promise a title with countless influences.
The two genres we have taken the most inspiration from are collectibles (like Pokemon) and Auto Battlers (like Teamfight Tactics or Dota Underlords). When it comes to aesthetics, we go for a stylized feel that sits somewhere between the manga style of RPG and more hyper-realistic games, says Kieran.
The game will also feature some unique twists that use a crop breeding program for the original ILV token, as well as distribute NFTs in innovative ways that can influence the strategy behind collecting game assets.
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 mint and burning, we have introduced more security for collectors and players. ”
While the ambition is wild, the Warwick brothers bring with them an extensive ecosystem. Despite recently entering crypto full-time recently, Kieran says he is no stranger to concepts such as liquidity pooling, as he is currently “heavily involved in DeFi across over 50 projects.”
Can’t wait to see @illuviumio next level Metaverse!
Build on @ IMMUTABLE X
(hyper scalable L2)
Everything that was brought to you by @KieranWarwick & Brothers!
If you want to be early, you can join the disagreement and keep it cool
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– CryptoFit ($ NERDz) (@ Crypt0Fit) January 2, 2021
Also, some of DeFi and the game’s biggest names are early supporters. Kieran says that “six of the best DeFi founders” have invested in Illuvium’s pre-seed round – probably including Cain. Illuvium will also be built using a layer 2 scaling solution from Immutable, the development studio behind the hit NFT card game Gods Unchained.
Kieran says he hopes to leverage these connections to create a gaming experience that empowers players.
“One of the most frustrating experiences for a player is to feel like a consumer of a game instead of a participant, and while many game studios have improved in recent years by giving more control to their communities, there is no way to have the level of community ownership that we are going to provide in the traditional gaming world. ”
To ensure the ownership of this community, Kieran said Illuvium will be controlled by a DAO, which will allow players to control game adaptations and balancing. In addition, part of the funds from the results of “Leviathan” arena matches with high stakes, winning games, will be allocated to a vault controlled by DAO, as well as other fees.
While even a game demo is “a few months” out, and the liquidity group program is scheduled for March at the earliest, Illuvium’s 15-man team is determined to deliver a product to a market they believe may eventually become the standard.
“We think regular players will see the opportunity to migrate to unauthorized platforms where they can truly own the entire game.”