Animoca Brands and BAYC to release NFT game Apes Vs Mutants

By Raffaele Redi

The game will feature play-to-earn mechanics

An preview of the Apes vs Mutant                                 
The new game, Apes Vs Mutants, is expected to release in Q2 of 2022 – Photo: Animoca Brands
                                

Hong Kong-based metaverse company Animoca Brands and Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) have announced a partnership to develop a blockchain game using BAYC’s Bored Ape non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The new game, Apes Vs Mutants, is expected to release in Q2 of 2022 and will feature play-to-earn mechanics.

According to the Bored Ape Gazette, the Bored Ape Yacht Club was forced to delay the release of its mobile game after an alleged issue with Apple.

Hollywood adoption

The Apes collection by Yuga Labs is gaining momentum after its adoption by Hollywood celebrities.

The band One Republic has adopted an Ape and eleased a new music video featuring one of the band’s bored apes, according to the Bored Ape Gazette. The band’s new song, Sunshine, was released last week, and a bored ape can be seen at the 58-second mark. 

More recently DJ Steve Aoki claimed to have bought a second Ape, N. 4190, from the collection for $214,000, following in the footsteps of celebrities like Jimmy Fallon and DJ Khaled.

Bored Ape Yacht collection

BAYC’s creator, Yuga Labs, has produced NFT collections valued at north of $3bn and established one of the most dedicated communities in the NFT market.

The most notable sale in the life of the Bored Ape Yacht Club collection of 10,000 NFT images set a US$26m sale record for crypto art sold by fine arts auction house Sotheby’s.

Although Bored Ape NFTs were originally sold at ETH0.08, the collection has seen an overall trading volume of $872.46m so far, according to DappRadar.

170 possible traits

Every Bored Ape NFT is unique and generated from more than 170 possible traits, including expression, headwear, clothing and more.

Bored Ape NFTs grant their owners access to members-only benefits ranging from merchandise drops to exclusive events.

Yat Siu, co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands, commented: “NFTs have emerged as a store of culture.

“There are very few icons that can represent the surging world of NFTs as powerfully as Bored Ape Yacht Club, which is why we, as a group and in aggregate, hold a significant number of them.”

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