Friday, August 22, 2008

Project Blue Mars 3-D virtual world

I was searching virtual worlds on Google and came across a blog post about a possible Second Life killer named Project Blue Mars. A snippet from the blog post about Project Blue Mars:

The game plan is to build a world based on the idea of a terraformed Mars in the year 2177. OK a sci-fi conceptual world sounds neat. But its the tech underneath thats important.

First they are licensing the CryEngine2 gaming engine, used in the most advanced game out right now Crysis. Next you make a deal with e-frontier (now a division of Smith Micro) makers of Poser and Shade, and creators of a huge library of 3D objects that can be imported into the game, including realistic people avatars and residential houses, furniture, etc. Finally, you license 3D Game Studio, a gaming development platform that can create dozens of activities for players to participate in (notice the golf course in the screenshot above). This is the basic building blocks to a successful 3D Virtual World that potentially could blow all the competition away.

The company web site that is working on Project Blue Mars is Avatar Reality. Some information about Project Blue Mars from Avatar Reality:

Blue Mars is a new online massively multiplayer virtual world (MMVW), featuring stunning graphics, realistic characters and endless social bonding opportunities. Set on Terraformed Mars in the year 2177 AD, players will be able to live out their fantasies through personalized avatars. Blue Mars is scheduled for beta release at the end of 2008.

Check out how real looking the below image is from Project Blue Mars. Go to the Avatar Reality site to view a larger version and a lot more cool screenshots of the virtual world.

Image courtesy of Avatar Reality

You ask about the in-game content, will it be like Second Life where users can create their own content? The answer is no.

Unlike Second Life, most of the world's content won't be created by users; instead, they'll license third-party developers, with whom they'll share revenue from virtual item sales, while also protecting the company from DMCA/content theft complaints (a recurring headache in SL.)

1 comment:

Dusan Writer said...

Blue Mars has also brought on content partners including a group under famed concept artist Syd Mead.