First-of-its-kind title utilizes Unreal Engine 5, enables avatars to explore other games with interoperability and allows for true ownership of in-game assets
STOCKHOLM, Nov. 17, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Walker Labs, a Web 3.0 game studio creating groundbreaking titles for the metaverse, today unveiled the Walker Worldgameplay teaser trailer, a AAA-quality, multiplayer shooter game and open adventure world created by a team of veterans from AAA game studios, including EA, Ubisoft, Rovio and DICE. Walker World is an immersive, open-world, third-person shooter and adventure game where players team up to explore a wide variety of landscapes, fend off ravenous zombies and hunt for rewards. An epic tale of adventure and science fiction, the market-defining, first-of-its-kind game utilizes Unreal Engine 5 to create stunning, dynamic environments and multiplayer game modes, all designed for the metaverse.
"Walker World is on a mission to be the premier open metaverse destination, where multiple collections and brands can bring their digital identities and avatars into an immersive world, which is at the core of Walker Labs' ethos of interoperability and cross-world digital identity," said Daniel Branteström, co-founder of Walker Labs. "Our goal with Walker World is to be a market-defining, AAA-quality game and immersive experience and we are beyond thrilled to unveil the first glimpses of it. Our team is so proud of the story, the Walker characters and the world we're building. We see the metaverse as the next evolution of interoperable gaming, and Walker World takes full advantage of those possibilities."
A sprawling, fast-paced open world of approximately 1,500 square miles, Walker World also features 3D animated, full-body, fully rigged characters — "Walkers" — designed for cross-platform, interoperable exploration, allowing players to take their Walker avatars into other games. Walker World will also include in-game rewards earned through collaborative and solo quests. Rewards can be used to buy and sell in-game assets, avatars, accessories and territory throughout the open world. The ability to earn and upgrade Walker characters — all owned exclusively by the player — gives players true ownership and means a character or valuable accessory can be sold or traded on an open market any time a player chooses.
Walker World is spearheaded by a team of industry veterans from AAA game developers, including EA, Ubisoft, DICE, Rovio and Weta Workshop. Team members include: Director of Game Development Strategy Johan Döhl, who led development for Battlefield: Bad Company 1 and 2 and Battlefield 1, 3 and 4; Director of Metaverse Experiences Henrik Johansson, a former Executive Producer who worked on Angry Birds 2, ARC Raiders and Mirror's Edge; and
Creative Director Michael McDonald, who helped create new and exciting experiences for beloved franchises, including The Sims, Need For Speed, Mass Effect and Avatar.
Walker Labs also announced today a $2M token round of seed funding led by Merit Circle and Citizen X, along with additional funding from Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, Futureverse and Altered State Machine, among other investors.
"Walker Labs understands the future of games without losing sight of what actually makes them fun," said Marco van den Heuvel, CEO of Merit Circle. "Their growing team already has some really impressive titles under their belts and what I've already seen of Walker World is stunning. The story Walker Labs has written is so inventive and satisfying I believe players are going to be blown away — and designing for the metaverse means this game can go places never before imagined."
The beta launch of Walker World is slated for late 2023, and 6,545 Walker characters — Cryptowalkers — have already been integrated into Jadu's cutting-edge Web3 AR platform,The Mirrorverse. Walker Labs plans to launch its female Walker collection in early December 2022. A Walker World land sale and the launch of the Walker World Store, where Walker owners can buy or trade in-game utilities and 3D assets to build out their Walker's identity is planned in H1 2023, along with the public sale of a $WALK token.
About Walker Labs
Walker Labs is the developer of Walker World — an immersive, open-world, third-person shooter game and adventure world, where players team up to explore a wide variety of landscapes, fend off ravenous zombies and hunt for rewards. An epic tale of adventure and science fiction, Walker World is a market-defining, first-of-its-kind game that utilizes Unreal Engine 5 to create stunning, dynamic environments with multiplayer game modes. Walker World features 3D animated, full-body, fully rigged characters — "Walkers" — designed for cross-platform, interoperable exploration that allows players to take their Walker avatars into other games. Additionally, Walker Labs' pioneering avatar technology enables both Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 users to play and explore the environments within Walker World and earn in-game rewards through collaborative and solo quests. The rewards can be used to buy and sell in-game assets, avatars, accessories and land plots throughout the open world, giving players true ownership in a robust virtual economy and delivering an interoperable experience for everyone.
Founded in July 2021 and spearheaded by a team of industry veterans from AAA game developers, including EA, DICE, Ubisoft, Rovio and Weta Workshop, Walker Labs is a privately owned company backed by Merit Circle and Citizen X. Learn more at https://www.walkerworld.io or access the Walker Labs press kit here.
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