TenthPlanet Unveils Two Ambitious Blockchain Games

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Tenth Planet, a game studio founded by former TikTok game leaders, plans to launch ambitious blockchain games.

The company is working on ambitious games, including Mech Angel, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game inspired by Genshin Impact, and a digital chat metaverse called Alien Meow.

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The studio was founded by William Wei Chen, former head of game development for TikTok, and his colleague Kevin Yeung. He started Mokun Technology and sold it to TikTok owner Bytedance in 2019 for over $250 million. His company’s games have generated more than $600 million to date. Chen’s role was head of production.

Chen took the money and launched TenthPlanet to create a series of new games to take advantage of Web3 technology, which uses blockchain to authenticate unique digital items. TenthPlanet has more than 100 game developers working on Unreal Engine and Unity titles with triple-A production values, Yeung said in an interview with GamesBeat.

“We’ve been building mobile games for ten years,” Yeung says. “Our goal is to make games that last ten years. We position ourselves as builders of digital nations, builders of the digital world.

Chen’s former team at Mokun Technology was responsible for creating One Piece, which launched in April 2021 and generated over $200 million in revenue for TikTok. The rest of TenthPlanet’s management team and advisors have worked at Final Fantasy, Forbes, Solana, Tencent Gaming, NHN, and Hashed.

William Wei Chen helped create One Piece for TikTok.

In total, Chen’s 10 games have generated more than 200 million users and led more than 1,500 game developers. Yeung previously worked at Morgan Stanley and made several venture capital investments.

Although the founders are from Hong Kong, TenthPlanet is a virtual production house designed for “new digital ownership-driven gaming economies, with a deep understanding of the blockchain community’s involvement,” Yeung said. Most of the team is in Shanghai.

“We believe in the free exchange of virtual assets, the decentralized management of online communities and true digital
property,” Yeung said. “To build and realize this future of gaming, we’ve assembled a world-class production team, with a proven track record in gaming/blockchain/VC, with mergers and acquisitions and side releases.”

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The world of Mech Angel.

Self-funded titles include Mech Angel, a Unity-based MMORPG available on mobile and PC platforms. The mobile titles have completed beta demos and the team expects to have hundreds of hours of gameplay by the time they launch, Yeung said.

Similar to Genshin Impact’s anime style, the animated world features young women fighting Japanese-style mechanical robots. The company has invested more than $6.5 million in the game to date. The game has a player-versus-environment shooter gameplay and is friendly to new players, Yeung said. And it will also have player vs player gameplay.

Mech Angel debuted this year in playable demos on Android and iOS. The company is completing a round of funding for these titles and is developing in-game wallets, an NFT marketplace, virtual assets, and more. during the second semester. The company will develop a PC version demo for the fourth quarter and launch the PC beta version in the first quarter of 2023.

“We’re almost finishing this game and we’re really excited,” Yeung said. “We now have hundreds of hours of gameplay. As we saw at Genshin Impact outside of Asia, animation is now taking over the world. You see how much of Netflix’s volume comes from the animation genre.

The Alien Mews cat metaverse from TenthPlanet is coming.

Alien Mews is a digital metaverse for simulating cat life. It is a digital world of cat breeding and breeding that is being built with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5. It is a virtual pet game that allows players to attempt to generate in-game value through breeding, much like CryptoKitties. The company has invested about $2.5 million in the game so far, Yeung said.

They describe it as a huge open playground that could house any type of pet in the galaxy, where players can collect, breed, upgrade, train, tame and compete in competitive mini-games their new fur.
companions in the most fun and rewarding metaverse experience ever where Nintendog meets Pokémon.

Each cat is highly detailed and has up to 500,000 strands of hair. Alien Meow is expected to have a video demo in Q3 and a playable demo in Q4. The goal is to launch a beta version of the chat metaverse with several mini-games in Q1 2023.

Build the team

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Rain is a Mech Angel character.

Yeung said the company has started raising funds from outside game companies. He thinks it’ll be okay because the team has a history of making hit games, including One Piece, Fighter of Destiny, Three Kingdom, Project Ragnarok, and Heroes of Storm. Most of them were hits in China.

Other leaders include Tony He, head of technology, and Vanessa Tso, head of blockchain.
Consultants include Yoshihisa Hashimoto, technical director and producer of Final Fantasy; Jeff Yam of Forbes; Neo Liu, head of Tencent Gaming in the United States; Alex Shin, founding member of Hashed; Paul Walborsky, founder of AI Reverie; and Kit Low, formerly of Goldman Sachs.

Why Blockchain?

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Ghost Skeletons in Mech Angel.

The company is focused on blockchain because it believed that the needs of mobile users when it came to trading in-game assets had not been met in the past decade. Such trading was “highly inefficient and not transparent,” Yeung said.

“If you went back a decade, people would physically meet offline to exchange usernames and passwords and exchange money,” Yeung said.

Now blockchain technology will enable players to trade seamlessly and transparently, he said.

“It turns a pure entertainment experience into an entertaining and beneficial experience,” Chen said. “Gamers have invested so much time and money into a game and it’s a one-way affair,” Chen says. “We can’t do it alone. But we are very encouraged by what has happened over the past 18 months. We think there will be many partners with whom we can grow together.

Chen added: “With or without blockchain, it has its own economy. And the blockchain just provides us with a transparent platform to finally make that happen. The second point is that we are very experienced in open worlds, as you can see from some of the One Piece game videos we’ve made. Some of One Piece’s virtual assets were very popular among users to buy. We are therefore excited about a transparent and transparent economic platform that we can finally create with blockchain in the future.

He is aware that Western gamers have resisted blockchain technology in games because they are concerned about making too much money or being scammed. But Chen said there would be a big difference between Web2 gamers and Web3 gamers. Not everything in the game involves non-fungible tokens or NFTs.

“It goes back to the fundamental idea of ​​whether a game is an entertaining experience,” he said. “Our job is to make you enjoy your screen time dollars. Gamers don’t have to think about blockchain when playing our game, it’s just like any other fun experience for normal gamers.

He added, “And if they want the blockchain, they can claim the wallet, then they can start trading the NFTs, virtual assets, virtual land and improve their weapons trajectory acceleration.”

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