Around 4,500 people havejumped into the “first trip” tech demo of the Otherside Metaverse project associated with Yuga Labs’ Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC).
The highly anticipated first trip occurred on July 16 and was open to Otherdeed NFT land owners, known as Voyagers, who have all snapped up tokenized land plots in the Otherside virtual world. It appears to have been a resounding success, with numerous community members taking to Twitter to express their enthusiasm for the event.
Today’s @OthersideMeta First Trip was truly a wild experience! Jumping through the swamp portal legit gave me chills and it was insane to see 4500 voyagers running around a large, immersive space. pic.twitter.com/Nl5luxaZl3
— illuminary.eth (@illuminaryETH) July 16, 2022
The first trip
The 4,500 Voyagers first joined a blank virtual lobby as Voyager avatars before they all followed a giant Bored Ape through a colorful portal into the Otherside Metaverse. Once the Voyagers arrived in a location called the Biogenic Swamp, they were directed towards a centrally located stadium where they could test out the avatar dynamics such as dancing, running, jumping, and emojis.
Such an incredible experience. @OthersideMeta
Here are my favorite screenshots from the first trip: pic.twitter.com/XiQkwp9SZm
— WRΞN (@wrencrypt) July 16, 2022
From there, they were able to explore a few other select areas and interact with the environment, which featured giant creatures that were walking around attacking Voyagers if they got too close.
In the early testing phases of the project, which includes several “trips,” Yuga Labs stated that only Otherdeed owners and third-party developers would be able to access Otherside. The team noted that these Voyagers would be able to provide critical feedback on the platform and essential aspects such as software development kits and in-game building tools.
Otherside Metaverse: Yuga Labs
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