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Welcome To Ape Island

This post was originally published on Polyient Games

Craig Russo

Mar 23 · Unlisted

The time has come. Today we are introducing the first gaming title from the internal Polyient innovation studio: Ape In.

Ape In is an NFT-driven experience that features a series of mini-games that are designed to offer a consumer-friendly approach to decentralized finance (DeFi). These games function to introduce crypto-centric concepts such as farming and vaulting to a broader audience while forwarding the industry’s thinking around the utility of NFTs.

In a way, you can think of Ape In as a sort of test kitchen for the broader Polyient Games Ecosystem, offering a way for us to introduce new and innovative concepts to the NFT market in a highly gamified package.

“As a leader in the NFT industry, Polyient has been at the forefront of bringing utility to the asset class,” said Polyient’s Head of Product Nick Casares. “With Ape In, we aim to continue pushing the industry forward through new approaches to bringing NFTs to DeFi.”

The first Ape In mini-game available is Ape Builder, an off-chain collectible creation game that enables users to leverage their Ape In & Polyient Games NFTs to farm credits to mint limited-edition Ape characters.

Before we dive into the specifics of Ape Builder, let’s explore some important Ape In elements.

Ape Island — A Brand New Metaverse

The Ape In mini-games will all exist within the Ape Island metaverse, a digital world that brings together users to explore exclusive gaming experiences and socialize. As we progress in the development of Ape In, we will bring more and more tangibility to the metaverse layer.

Polyient is highly bullish on the metaverse layer as the next frontier of utility for the NFT asset class, and we aim to leverage Ape In to explore new concepts to sustainable economic models within digital worlds.

Ape Island Characters: Apes

The main character, or unit, of Ape Island is the Ape, a cuddly beast that features 6 distinct parts: Head, Torso, Arm 1, Arm 2, Leg 1, Leg 2. These parts make Apes unique and highly collectible in nature, with the number of matching part combinations informing the overall rarity of the Ape.

In addition to the aesthetics, Apes all have specifics stats with scores ranging between 1–100:

  • Attack
  • Defense
  • Speed
  • Intellect
  • Ability
  • Nature

These stats will play an integral role in future mini-games and as part of the larger Ape Island metaverse, including DeFi applications. Again, the name of the game is utility and these Apes will be chock-full of it.

Off-Chain Experiences

As any NFT user can tell you, working with the asset class is a highly expensive affair. That’s why we made the decision to move the initial Ape Builder mini-game experience off-chain to allow users to leverage their assets in a zero-fee environment.

With the emergence of consumer-friendly NFT applications, we believe that the bridge between on-chain representation of assets and off-chain utility will continue to be a major area of innovation moving forward.

“The costs associated with NFTs are very much prohibitive for both developers and users alike,” said Polyient’s Director of Technology Scott Ferreira. “With Ape In, we wanted to roll up our sleeves and begin developing efficient methods of off-chain NFT use cases that expand the utility of the asset class.”

Ape Island Seasons

All Ape Island experiences will be driven by seasons, a concept that is borrowed from traditional games where in-game items & missions exist within a game for short periods of time. These seasons often accompany a major opportunity for gamers to collect limited-edition gear and trophies that function as a badge of honor moving forward.

With Ape Island, we will be utilizing the concept of seasons to introduce new mini-games, in-game characters, and the expansion of the metaverse itself. Each new season of Ape Island will begin with a series of NFTs that function as on-ramps for new & existing users. These NFTs will often offer exclusive perks to holders throughout the season and may offer even more exclusive perks the more NFTs player holders across multiple seasons.

Enter Ape Builder

Ape Builder is a new off-chain experience that allows users to create and mint their very first Ape Island Ape characters.

Ape Builder works like this:

  1. You receive credits every 24 hours for holding Season One Ape In NFTs, in addition to PGFKs.
  2. These credits enable you to generate new apes. 1 Credit = 1 Generated Ape.
  3. When an Ape is generated, it will include a random set of Season One parts and traits (described above).
  4. At this stage, a user can make the decision to buy the Ape as a regular character or an alpha character, which assures that it will be the only Ape with those particular parts. Normal Apes cost 0.1 ETH while Alpha Apes cost 1 ETH. Users who pay in Polyient Games Unity (PGU) tokens can purchase for a 10% discount.
  5. Once purchased, the Ape will be minted and added to your connected wallet. The Ape will also be displayed in your Ape Gallery, a virtual trophy case!

There are a total of 5 different types of Apes for Season One: Metaltoy, Whitefur, Grass, Wool, and Space. In total, there will be 10,000 Apes available for minting in Season One, including both regular and Alpha Apes.

About Polyient Games

Polyient Games, a subsidiary of investment group Polyient, is a unique investment ecosystem focused on the non-fungible token (NFT) and decentralized finance (DeFi) markets. Polyient’s portfolio includes both equity and token holdings from leading NFT and DeFi projects.

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