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Fortnite developer Epic Games backs Australian racing game NFT Torque Drift 2

Fortnite developer Epic Games backs Australian racing game NFT Torque Drift 2
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Fortnite developer Epic Games backs Australian racing game NFT Torque Drift 2

Australian independent game studio Grease Monkey Games just stepped up a notch with financial backing from Fortnite developer Epic Games for its racing title torque drift 2.

So just one of the biggest names in the mainstream gaming industry. It’s a nice little news bomb to round out the week, and one that should make the thumbs of the crypto gaming faithful twitch with excitement.

As this is a game based on blockchain technology with play-and-win/NFT economy, it might seriously upset at least half of the traditional gaming sector at the same time. It is well established that many within the legacy industry seem to think that NFTs and crypto games in general are a waste of space and effort.

That said, we know for a fact that there are a number of established AAA game developers with serious skills making the switch. For example, the founders of Civitas and Shrapnel games.

Melbourne-based Grease Monkey Games also has extensive experience developing AAA games and is now a subsidiary of formerly ASX-listed Animoca Brands. The latter is one of the leading crypto NFT and gaming producers and venture capital funders.

Take a look at the trailer for the upcoming game… We can already see why it caught the eye of Epic…

Epic Games funding will help develop drift physics

According to a ad from Animoca Brands, Grease Monkey Games now joins a list of “Epic MegaGrant” recipients, which have been awarded to notable, unreal engine-using game companies in 89 countries. These grants can range from around $5,000 to $500,000.

Unreal Engine is a 3D graphics game engine first developed by Epic Games in 1998, and has achieved greater prominence and ubiquity since the huge success of Battle Royale. Fortnite.

The Grease Monkey Games grant will be used to help fund the development of new drift physics in torque drift 2which, according to the company, will allow it to produce its “most immersive and realistic motorsports game to date”.

torque drift 2 is the latest addition to Grease Monkey Games’ and Animoca’s portfolio of motorsports games REVV Motorsports ecosystem.

As the announcement explains, “the game represents the next generation of motorsports products leveraging blockchain technology, where fully functional and playable NFTs are a core feature used to bring true digital ownership of game assets to Players”.

NFT cars, decals, paint jobs and more

The game, which is still in development as the title suggests, will be a drifting motorsports title, including an initial tuning garage teaser feature available in the third quarter of this year ahead of the full release scheduled for sometime. moment in 2024.

Player-owned NFT components will include cars, parts, decals, paint jobs, tuning, and various items to improve vehicles and profile ratings. All of which will be able to be bought and sold within the game’s dedicated NFT marketplace.

It’s a huge leap in the crypto/NFT world for not only Epic Games to back this, but also Grease Monkey Games, who only joined Animoca in February of this year, and have already established themselves as a gaming hit. mainstream with previous titles Torque Burnout and Torque Drift, which have over 45 million global downloads between them.

As for Animoca Brands, we know that for quite some time they have been one of the biggest advocates for the digital property rights that NFTs represent and the power they potentially have for gamers and the gaming industry.

Its president and founder, Yat Siu, preaches the subject very well here, in fact…

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