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Hello Pig Friends 🐷! ( ‘Tontachi’ means "Pig Friends" in Japanese if ya didn't know).
We’ve been off to an intense start and things are shaping up nicely for the Tontachi project. Our upcoming pre-alpha release this Summer☀️ will be jam packed with new and refined features, early GameFi, Newton previews, and White List opportunities. Let’s dive in!
Refactor & Refocus
As an small independent game studio, we have to make our iterations and deliverables really count. With Tontachi being an Augmented Reality + Blockchain Game, we analyzed what’s important to us,
what’s integral to the project as a whole, and what’s most fun for our players. We got some external feedback and are happy with the direction we’re going:
Blockchain Games - are about 1. Giving players (early) opportunities to invest into a project while offering fun utility of digital assets and 2. Exploring new avenues for we game developers to monetize by giving players a buy-in through community engagement. We attended SXSW and got an opportunity to meet Words with Friends founder Paul Bettner who offered advise on how to remain creative when adding in web3 components.
Augmented Reality - We’ve been working with the University of Michigan School of Information to conduct Usability Testing on Tontachi. They’ve done a GREAT job providing customer surveys, heuristic evaluations, and comparative evaluations. They helped highlight what players really want while revealing our app’s current strengths and weaknesses. A few highlights:
The game needs more of an emotional connection for the players, i.e more pet-simulation
A balance of AR and Non-AR scenes are required
Simplify onboarding and get players into the game faster
The new direction stemming from code Refactoring and a Refocus on core elements has changed our design quite a bit. Now we’re able to develop much faster, smarter, and “funner”. Here’s a small teaser of what’s to come:
Discovery Keys - will unlock an in-game quest towards previewing our upcoming Newton collection; completion of the quest will allow players to get on the White List for future minting.
Discovery Keys will exist in larger quantities and thus be ERC-1155 with composability into other Keys that give advantages and feature unlocks within tontachiAR as our GameFi is now expanding!
With these additions, Tontachi is now becoming a location-based, pet-racing simulator, with a living breathing game economy ✔️🐽
Newton Design Update
Further iterations have given way to this base design for our Newtons. Yea, it’s looking super cute 😍
Andd to end on an alternative-light note, we quickly wanted to share that lately we had young 6th & 7th grade students play test our multiplayer racing feature and the results were all smiles 😁
It was reinvigorating to see our game in the hands of those who enjoyed it as pure entertainment.
Thanks for reading! We’re very excited with how our game is shaping up. You’ll always get the latest information and opportunities here so stay tuned for more!
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