Metaverses. A glance at the nearest future

  1. Be constant. No pauses or reboots — this is an immanent, endless world.
  2. Exist synchronously for everyone and in real time.
  3. Do not have a limit on the number of users.
  4. Have a fully functioning domestic economy. People can not only spend money in it, but also earn, open their own business, invest and sell.
  5. To link together real life and virtual. This is not so much a separate world from the present, as its augmentation, addition.
  6. Provide users with “unprecedented data compatibility”. So that if you bought clothes for your avatar in Fortnite, you can use them in any other game or application.
  7. Be open to any authors and content makers who can create their own “experiences” inside the metaverse.
  • The software is virtual world projects that are created using 3D engines. The most famous platforms are Unreal Engine and Unity. These engines build the infrastructure of the virtual world: cars, houses, landscapes, characters. And they do it so realistically that film studios use them to speed up the filming process. Example: the TV series “Mandalorian” and the animated film “The Lion King”, where some of the scenes were created using the Unreal Engine.
  • The equipment is VR glasses and AR gadgets for interacting with the metaverse. They are the user’s guide to the metaverse.
  • Data centers are used as a cloud storage for metaverses data.
  • Blockchains that will attach the data and assets of each user directly to his digital account and allow to use the purchased products throughout the metaverse.
  • In April 2020, rapper Travis Scott held a concert at Fortnite, which was simultaneously watched by more than 12 million players.
  • In December 2019, Disney premiered an excerpt from the ninth episode of “Star Wars”, and also conducted a live interview with the film’s director J.J. Abrams. The event itself is mentioned in the film.
  • The Weezer band created an island where players could exclusively listen to the new album.
  • Epic Games arranges time-limited events inside Fortnite, tied to releases in the real world. The game map is transformed into a virtual world that changes the style and in-game objects in partnership with brands: DC, Nike, Lionsgate, Marvel, Microsoft, Sony and others. So Fortnite has become a place where different universes intersect: players can literally wear a Marvel character costume inside Gotham while chatting with a friend in a licensed NFL uniform.
  • Players have the opportunity to create their own content through creative mode in Fortnite, as well as monetize it. These can be emotions, costumes, game mechanics and worlds. At its core, Fortnite’s creative mode is a “proto-metaverse”, Ball claims: players can upload their unique Fortnite avatar to the lobby and choose from thousands of worlds created by other players.

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