SEOUL, South Korea, JULY 13 2020 – Planetarium is proud to announce that its upcoming title, Nine Chronicles, has surpassed 60,000 signups for the upcoming launch of the closed beta. The company is also delighted to report that it has signed partnerships with Ubisoft, one of the world’s leading gaming companies, and Hashed, a global venture fund focused on blockchain, to prepare for and maximise the potential of Nine Chronicles.
Based on Planetarium’s Libplanet blockchain engine, Nine Chronicles is a free-to-play RPG set in a vast fantasy world – governed by its players, and supported by a complex economy where supply and demand are the greatest currency.
Just six weeks after opening the closed beta, Planetarium received support from players in no less than 32 different countries. More than half of the signups are gamers without prior blockchain experience, and private sales volume was sold out in the first month of offering, in April.
With such overwhelming support from the community, Planetarium aims to benefit from the closed beta to receive key feedback from gamers, as well as to test its game-specific blockchain technology with thousands of players around the globe. To help prepare for the future of Nine Chronicles, the company will benefit from the guidance and experience of leading and global companies, Ubisoft and Hashed. The partnership aims to help the company’s blockchain game – growing its ecosystem, supporting its mainnet operation, and advising on in-game economy design.
Planetarium’s CEO Kijun Seo said, “Decentralized gaming is still in its nascent stage, and Nine Chronicles is an exciting opportunity for the future of open-source online games powered by the community itself. We are very happy to continue our relationship with Ubisoft, and be partnered with Hashed to build out this ecosystem.”
As one of the first companies from Asia to have been selected for Ubisoft’s Entrepreneurs Lab, a global startup program fostered by Ubisoft, Planetarium is thrilled by the opportunity to extend this this collaboration further.
Nicolas Pouard, Blockchain Initiative Director at Ubisoft, said: “Ubisoft is always looking for new ideas to empower gamers, and Planetarium is paving the way towards more creative freedom for the community. The open source model coupled with an open economy will create interesting new possibilities for players and we are eager to see where this path leads us.”
Planetarium is a blockchain company pioneering the ecosystem for community-powered online games. Planetarium’s technology equips developers with powerful tools to create fully decentralized, cross-platform blockchain games that can live forever on networks powered by the players. The team is also developing Nine Chronicles, an open source, decentralized role-playing game set to launch 2020. To learn more, please visit planetariumhq.com.
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series including Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2019-20 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €1,534 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.
Hashed is a global accelerator, standing at the forefront of decentralized network development. Led by five serial entrepreneurs and engineers, Hashed aims to expedite the global adoption of the protocol economy through value participation, community building, and industry acumen. Being true to the philosophy of decentralization, Hashed focuses on a holistic approach in nurturing growth among mutually aligned founders and their projects. By providing Hashed Coworking Space and Hashed Lounge to nurture growth among blockchain startups, as well as Hashed Labs to accelerate decentralized applications, Hashed actively contributes to the overall ecosystem of the blockchain industry around the world.