The company also is spearheading the architecture and design of Gutter Cat Gang’s Mansion, which is planned to be a virtual metaverse-based clubhouse for holders of Gutter Cat Gang non-fungible tokens
The concept of a metaverse, as an interactive virtual environment, has become increasingly popular in 2021
Looking Glass Labs Ltd. announced that its flagship studio House of Kibaa (HoK) is creating metaverse-ready 3D assets in collaboration with the well-known non-fungible token (NFT) collections of Gutter Cat Gang and Bored Ape Yacht Club, in addition to the ongoing development of HoK’s proprietary NFT collections.
Looking Glass also announced that it is spearheading the architecture and design of Gutter Cat Gang’s Mansion, which is planned to be a virtual metaverse-based clubhouse for holders of Gutter Cat Gang NFTs.
HoK is providing creative services to Gutter Cat Gang, which include concept design, character modeling, and texture development for the Dog- and Pigeon-based subsets of the Gutter Cat Gang NFT collection.
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The company said HoK will also perform ‘skinning’ and ’rigging’ services to prepare certain Gutter Cat Gang characters for integration into an avatar system that enables their use in a 3D metaverse. Additionally, HoK will be developing the Gutter Cat Gang Mansion, as well as other real estate projects such as “trap houses”.
Regarding the Bored Ape Yacht Club, Looking Glass said HoK has completed a proof-of-concept for metaverse-ready 3D assets that are compatible with the collection of NFTs. Any holder of a two-dimensional Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT is expected to be able to utilize the equivalent 3D asset developed by HoK.
The Bored Ape Yacht Club collection, which was the highest-ranking NFT collection on Rarity.Tools as of November 23, 2021, is highly coveted by various communities, spawning notable acquisitions by professional athletes and celebrities.
The concept of a metaverse, as an interactive virtual environment, has become increasingly popular in 2021 due to several of the world’s largest online and digital media platforms announcing plans to introduce a metaverse experience for their respective user bases. With an industry-leading team of global 3D digital media artists and NFT architects, HoK has created significant value with the ‘drops’ of its GenZero and GenX NFT collections to date.
“The experience of working with both Gutter Cat Gang and Bored Ape Yacht Club has been mutually beneficial,” said Looking Glass CEO Dorian Banks in a statement. “Via HoK, LGL continues to internalize key learnings and gain great experience from its clients, which is invaluable at this stage in the company’s development and for that we are greatly appreciative of these relationships.”
Banks added: “LGL is supporting the drop of more uNFT collections from HoK in the very short term, which we define as ‘utility NFT’ since they are embedded with functional attributes and lasting utility that will be additive to a metaverse and have Web 3.0 integrations. We are also excited to note that HoK is preparing for the launch of its own metaverse next year, with more information about a pre-alpha release to be provided in due course.”
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