Get Ready for a Wild Ride in Serum City with Mutant Apes and ApeCoin-Powered Ethereum NFT Game
Compared to the primary Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs, the Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC) set is often considered less valuable, but Novel Labs and Mutant Cartel founder Lior Messika is leveraging this feeling to create Web3 gaming lore with Serum City. Serum City is a city builder game developed with Faraway, the developer of Solana-based game Mini Royale: Nations, and will use ApeCoin as its primary in-game currency on Ethereum. Mutant Apes are the main characters, and MAYC is among a few NFT collections that will provide owners access to the game.
Messika has developed and published Mutant Cartel’s lore, which Serum City will continue and expand upon. The game is set in a dystopian world where Bored Apes are the “ruling class” and the Mutant Apes are relegated to the fringes of society because they’ve consumed the Serum. The main storyline explores the Mutant Cartel Expanded Universe and the characters Blaksoot and Darkfang.
Serum City will have an illustrated or comic book-inspired aesthetic and will be a richer and more appealing play experience compared to early NFT-based games. The developers of Serum City are attempting to push back against the simplistic and superficial nature of early NFT-based games by providing players with plenty of lore and narrative. Additionally, Serum City players will also be able to create their own stories and game assets, and buy in-game currencies like gems using ApeCoin.
Serum City is a step towards interoperability, as items crafted in the game will be NFTs that can be transferred and used in future Novel Labs games. The Faraway Developer Platform potentially opens up expanded interoperability down the line, with plans for cross-game and cross-universe events once Serum City launches in August. The developers see greater benefit to being on Ethereum proper, even though the game is expensive in terms of gas fees, as it is important to make the game on the most interoperable blockchain, which is ETH.
In conclusion, Serum City is a city builder game set in a dystopian world where Mutant Apes are the main characters, developed with Faraway and Novel Labs, and will use ApeCoin as its primary in-game currency on Ethereum. The game aims to provide players with plenty of lore and narrative, and allows players to create their own stories and game assets while offering interoperability between Novel Labs games.
Clever Robot News Desk 7th April 2023