Dom Hofmann, one in every of Vine’s founders and the creator of Byte and Peach, has a brand new undertaking known as Supdrive. In his tweet announcing Supdrive, he calls it an “on-chain fantasy recreation console,” which doesn’t essentially make it any extra apparent as to what this undertaking will appear to be. He’s since defined in an announcement submit, which you’ll learn under, that it’ll be a video recreation console that performs classic-style games (within the vein of Pacman or Asteroid), with NFTs appearing as a type of digital cartridge.
In a Discord set up for Supdrive, Hofmann wrote that the games will likely be NFTs, working on digital firmware. The truth that games will likely be launched as NFTs signifies that there’ll solely be so many “editions” or copies out there. Hofmann additionally says that every copy of a given recreation will likely be distinctive, with gamers getting totally different shade palettes, issue ranges, and extra.
Hofmann compares Supdrive to a different blockchain undertaking, Art Blocks, whereas describing it, which can give us an concept of what it’ll really be like. The gist of Artwork Blocks is that it lets creators make packages to procedurally generate artwork, which is then saved on the blockchain. The packages will all the time create the identical artwork for a given seed, however altering the seed adjustments what the artwork finally ends up wanting like (Minecraft gamers could also be accustomed to this type of system). Then, folks purchase NFTs for an Artwork Block undertaking, which is able to comprise a seed, letting them generate that artwork.
This appears to suit nicely with what Hofmann is describing, the place an on-chain console will play distinctive games. The main points, although, like how precisely it is going to work, what number of copies of every recreation will likely be out there, and the way a lot they’ll price, are all to be introduced.
Hofmann’s submit does say that the plan is to let the neighborhood develop games for the Supdrive, if the undertaking finally ends up working out. He additionally plans on upgrading the console’s talents, permitting for extra superior games (the preliminary set of games will likely be “old-school arcade fashion”). The primary recreation, made by Hofmann, is known as Origin.
Supdrive additionally has a type of meta recreation, with its customers being break up up into Pokémon-esque Purple, Inexperienced, and Blue groups. Hofmann’s announcement submit says that which group you’re on might have an impact on the sport you’re taking part in. For now, although, the totally different shade groups are principally memeing at one another within the Discord.
Within the Discord chat, Hofmann stated he was aiming for an October launch for the undertaking. He’s additionally stated that he’ll be doing updates “each week or so” main as much as the launch.
Hofmann’s post-Vine initiatives haven’t managed to achieve the unique video platform’s success — the iOS app for his social network, Peach, hasn’t been up to date in three years, and the successor to Vine, Byte, was purchased by a TikTok competitor called Clash (and person App Retailer critiques haven’t been optimistic in regards to the adjustments made). Solely time will inform how Supdrive seems, however it does appear to be an attention-grabbing concept — in the event you’re keen to enter the NFT market to get the games, in fact.
The total Supdrive announcement, posted to Discord: