Jesse Johnson, the co-founder of Aavegotchi, said:
"This is not your typical litepaper, it’s got a lot of lore in it [...] We’ve got a bit of a DeFi RPG in front of us."
It has been reported that the metaverse will introduce a new, fungible ERC-20 token, the “Gotchus Alchemica,” which will be farmable from REALM land plots, themselves backed as NFTs, similar conceptually to Decentraland’s MANA/LAND two-token system. Alchemica can be used to craft upgrades to REALM plots, including structures like the “Gotchi Lodge,” which will enable groups of players to socialize as well as combine their farming efforts.
However, upgrades will take a “certain number of blockchain blocks to finish constructing,” but liquidity providers to Aavegotchi’s in-house AMM, the “Gotchus Alchemica Exchange,” can hasten the process with rewards for providing liquidity.
The report said that this gamified yield farming is woven into the Gotchiverse’s considerable lore and backstory, about a third of the 14-page litepaper is devoted to storytelling and fleshing out the universe.
Likewise, the antagonists of the game, the Liquidators, refer to actual liquidators on the lending platform Aave, and the universe is speckled with DeFi in-jokes, a “home base” area of the map is called the “Citaadel,” and types of Alchemica include “Fud,” “Kek,” and “Fomo.”
Johnson said that aside from the farming gameplay, the map will be “a huge game of Pac-Man,” where Aavegotchi run/float around the map to collect Alchemica and return it to their REALMs before getting caught by Liquidators, which may be player-characters as well as AI. A full release date for the Gotchiverse is pending, though Johnson said sections will be released as early as Q3 2021.
Johnson added that the team has grown to 20 full-time employees, including veteran video game industry talent. While Johnson has long been a bannercarrier for DeFi and NFT crossovers, interest in metaverses has been picking up as of late.
Thus, this month, Nvidia’s CEO said:
"We’re on the “cusp” of a blockchain-powered metaverse, and the founder of major gaming title Fortnite said that metaverse tech is going places."