Yuga Labs Takes Voyagers on ‘First Trips’ into the Otherside BAYC Metaverse

Yuga Labs Takes Voyagers on ‘First Trips’ into the Otherside BAYC Metaverse

Yuga Labs, the creators of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT collection, has announced the opening of the ‘Otherside’, its much-anticipated metaverse gaming platform.

Yuga Labs Opens the Otherside

On Saturday, July 16th, Yuga Labs invited 4,300 players—Otherside landowners known as “Voyagers”—to take the first trip into the Otherside, their immersive, online platform navigated by users’ ape avatars.

The “First Trip” marks the opening of “Phase 1” of the Otherside metaverse. While currently the platform is only open to voyagers, all propsective Otherside players must first embark on, or view, a “First Trip” to be able to participate in the game. 

In an upcoming extension of phase 1, Yuga Labs will invite Voyagers to take part in an “11-part storyline surrounding a mysterious Obelisk that has appeared in the Otherside universe.”

Yuga Labs Releases Otherside Litepaper 

The opening of the Otherside metaverse was followed by the publication of a litepaper for the Yuga Labs metaverse project. Yuga Labs describes Otherside as a world-building platform created with an exciting environment for gamers to play in.

In regards to the litepaper, Yuga Labs explained that the “document serves as a starter guide for the Otherside, [and] it covers foundational principles of the platform, capabilities of its developers, and possibilities for community co-creation.”

On the Flipside

  • Yuga Labs has taken a different approach to the application of its metaverse, making it available only to digital landowners at the onset, unlike other metaverse platforms which are typically open to all internet users.

Why You Should Care

The litepaper also highlighted the Otherside intention to support interoperability. Gordon Goner, a co-founder of Yuga Labs, said in a Tweet that “the future will bend toward the open, interoperable metaverse.”

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