Citadel Studios’ founder, Derek Brinkmann, who has over 17 years in game development including as lead developer on Ultima Online back in 2006, will join Blue Monster as the new CTO. Once finalized, Blue Monster will get the rights to Legends of Aria along with Citadel’s Shards Engine.
Blue Monster is known for its games like Realms of Ethernity, which they call a “Massively Multiplayer Online Simulation Game” inspired by games like World of Warcraft and others. In RoE, you can explore, build, create, and own lands, boats, mounts, and other things to survive and thrive in the world. It’s built on the RETH token, which, according to the release about the Citadel sale, “offers governance power over the platform and grants exclusive rights to join in connected metaverses. RETH will have in-game utility, as well as be available for holders can stake and earn rewards”. This will have a major impact on Blue Monster’s holding going forward, including what they’re gaining from buying Citadel.
Ultimately, Legends of Aria will be updated and optimized to take advantage of blockchain technology and Web3. In a press release announcing the sale, the deal and plans are being called the first “metaversification” of a traditional game. Coming changes include adding NFTs and token-based currency.
The plans for this won’t stop with updating and changing LoA, as they have plans for a “meta-metaverse” where RETH token owners will be able to get exclusive first access to the new LoA and its IDO (Initial DEX offering). Ultimately, they’re building around play to earn and monetizing your time spent in these games. Blue Monster also says that they are looking forward to and planning more similar acquisitions in the coming months, with more plans to “metaversify” titles and announce new projects.