PlayStation veterans Michael Mummauer and John Garvin have teamed up to create a new AAA gaming and entertainment studio called Liithos.
The company’s debut game will be Ashfall, which is described as “the first true AAA Web 3.0 game for PC, consoles and the Hedera network” that uses a “native energy-efficient cryptocurrency” called HBAR.
John Garvin, former Creative Director and Writer of Days Gone developer Bend Studio, serves as Vice President of Creative at Liithos and is also Writer and Director of the debut project.
In Ashfall, players will fight to survive in a world ravaged by global warming, ignited by a volcanic ring of fire, mysterious and destructive energy fields, and warring enclaves, starting with a connected single-player adventure that develops into a multiplayer PVP and PVE cinematic transmedia world.
Liithos said in a statement today.
Ashfall currently has partnerships with legendary comic book creators, artists and influencers as the story kicks off with a digital comic written by John Garvin with cover art by Worldstorm and DC Comics’ Brett Booth.
Garvin said in a statement:
Our goal is to create a truly new next generation open world experience that interacts with new technologies, that uses new technologies to create user-generated content. As always, our focus is on creating beloved characters, compelling stories and evolutionary gameplay, and a world worth exploring, not only in games but in other media as well.
VentureBeat asked Mumbauer what role Web3 would play in Ashfall.
“Transmedia and the power of connected worlds has always been something I’ve been very passionate about,” he replied. “In my opinion, there is some misunderstanding of what games on the blockchain can mean for gamers. I see the blockchain as a railway, and the main station is video games.”
All other train stations lead to the main one, namely the games, and trains deliver precious cargo (NFT) to gamers through other stations. It’s a way to have a deeper and more engaging experience than we’ve ever seen before. We want to reward gamers for what they already love to do and pave the way from the areas they love back to what they love most, gaming.
If you don’t understand anything, and you feel like you’re getting “zigzag”, well, welcome to the world of NFT.