Infinite Drive will be a blockchain-based mobile racing game metaverse

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The small digital factory announced that it was building Infinity Drive as the “first real driving metavars”. The mobile game will use non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and Web 3 technology.

Game Studios, based in Montreal, Canada and Lyon, France, has 35 people and has a long association with car manufacturers. It says the free-to-play game will already have more than 100 car licenses by the end of the year.

Infinite Drive is expected to debut worldwide on mobile devices in the first quarter. But the company will sell NFTs of its cars during the summer.

By testing players’ driving skills, Infinite Drive will combine accessible and authentic gameplay with a graphically beautiful reconstruction of an officially licensed car, the company said.

Tiny Digital Factory has long had relationships with world-class carmakers such as McLaren, Porsche, Mercedes AMG and Ford, while Infinite Drive’s showroom already includes high-performance cars from Renault, Alpine, Roof and W Motors.

Designed by racing fans for racing fans, Infinity Drive’s simulation-based gameplay will bring the thrill of being in the driver’s seat in mobile metavars, the company said. Players will be able to experience, hear and experience the unique characteristics of each car on the track, competing online with each other.

Players will be able to own their car as NFTs in Infinite Drive.

With the power of Web 3 technology, highly-skilled drivers will be able to “race to earn.” They can compete in official races, races, and even win races, just like a real-world racing team.

In addition, the integration of Web 3 technology allows players to create, trade and own their own dream car collection as they compete for pole position on the track. Starting in the summer, Infinite Drive will offer an initial collection of 5,000 licensed NFT cars from premium real-world brands, providing instant access to the game’s closed alpha phase.

However, there is no need for car ownership for players to enjoy Infinite Drive and improve their racing skills and the whole game will be free-to-play on iOS and Android.

“With its game-first engine architecture and unique digital car ownership, Infinite Drive is the twentieth anniversary of the creation of driving simulation games,” Stephen Baudette, CEO of The Tiny Digital Factory, said in a statement. “For decades, racing fans have loved watching Dream Car in a virtual garage. That’s why we’ve used Web 3 Tech to make it possible for gamers to own and earn from their vehicles, as well as experience stunning player on the track. Infinite Drive offers access to mobile games. Is, which combines play and earnings, providing tools to reward enthusiastic players who are already hosting racing events and helping us create the very best driving experience. “

Infinite Drive is coming in Q4.

The company’s developers have worked on titles such as Jurassic World: The Game, Gangstar, Hitman Sniper, Fallout Shelter and Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch.

The experience of a small digital factory team includes chart-topping GT manager and F1 mobile racing. He also worked with the Animoca brands to develop F1 Delta Time, a leading web 3 driving game, as well as the famous REVV racing game. Animoka Brands lost its license for the F1 brand and announced in March that it was discontinuing F1 Delta Time.

Infinite Drive has so far been fully funded by The Tiny Digital Factory, Baudet told GamesBeat in an email.

The first collection of NFT cars will be unveiled to the community in early July 2022, when The Tiny Digital Factory’s upcoming Series A funding round will support the public release of Infinite Drive.

The company has been working with more than 20 car manufacturers over the past three years on the previous games.

“For Infinite Drive, we have licensed about 30 car models from six car manufacturers. Additional top car brands will be announced next week and we expect more than 100 car models to be licensed by the end of 2022, “said Bodet.

On top of the car, the company has an official race track, and is in discussions globally and with multiple racing franchises in countries such as the US, United Kingdom, Japan and Australia.

“Instead of just licensing championships, however, our goal is to empower those partners with the tools to create and manage their own digital events for their communities,” Boudett said.

NFT resistance

Infinite Drive is coming in Q4.

I asked Baudet what gamers and some game developers think about the resistance to NFT games.

He said, “Ten years ago, when mobile gaming adopted the free-to-play model, we experienced similar resistance. We’ve been involved in blockchain gaming since 2020 with our partner Animoka brands. Initially, we were also skeptical about the sustainability of those game economies, but we gradually learned about decentralized mechanisms such as co-ownership and their benefits for gamers. With blockchain games, invested players can actually earn from their time or financial investment. Governance mechanisms also allow the player community to be heard and have a positive impact on the development roadmap of the game.

The game’s closed alpha will be available in early July 2022. Anyone who owns one of the first series of cars will have instant access to the game. The game’s public release is set for Q4 this year.

“Infinite Drive has a game-first engine architecture at its heartbeat, combined with mobile free-to-play, play-and-earn and proprietary accessibility to unique digital cars,” Baudet said. “Web3 also provides tools for rewarding invested players who are going to organize community racing events and help us create the best driving experience.”

Speaking of business models, Badet said, “In my opinion, web3 offers a better balanced business model between players, investors and creators. When the game is successful, it should benefit those 3 parties more equally. Play and Earn races and rental earnings make it more profitable for engaged users. When players are monetizing, the game goes viral and requires less marketing investment to attract new users. “

A racing metaverse?

Infinite Drive is building racing metavars.
Infinite Drive will be the racing metavors.

I also asked how it is racing metavors, as opposed to just a racing game.

“Infinite Drive is a digital space dedicated to car fans, not just a game. At its core is a garage that houses users’ NFT car collections, from which they can share their favorite cars with the community, “said Bodet. Fans spend hours browsing websites like Autotrader to find hidden gems or rare car models. I would be happy if the community of Infinite Drive had fun and spent considerable time browsing our marketplace content. Clubs) provide facilities to build or collect to show and test their respective cars. “

Boudet also talked about the inspiration of the game.

“About 18 years ago, I was running my first game studio, Eden Games. At the time, MMO games were popular and I wanted to create a supercar themed MMO, “said Baudette. Together with the talented team, we took that passive brand and created Test Drive Unlimited, the first giant multiplayer online racing game (MMORG). Was very limited to, and we had a very small studio to make it all. Infinite Drive Concept is similar to Test Drive Unlimited, but this time I want to make it an open platform so we can achieve it together with the partners and player community. We can do it. “

Prior to joining Tiny Digital Factory, key team members worked on numerous successful console and mobile games, such as Jurassic Park World, Fallout Shelter, Rollercoaster Tycoon, and Hitman Sniper. Since then, as a company, the company has developed or co-developed numerous games in the racing genre, including F1 Mobile Racing (EA), GT Manager (self-published), F1 Delta Time and Revv Racing (both Animoka brands).

Boudet set up a studio in Montreal in 2015 and opened another in Lyon in 2017, joined by his associates Pierre Carde (managing director) and Olivier Rafford (licensing and business manager).

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