Dev Log #26: Runtime Assets Downloading, Realm Royale, Trees
This Week at Realm
Welcome to May! As usual, we had our weekly traditions of Tester Tuesday (sign up here), the Wednesday Founders AMA (submit questions here), and the weekly Realm Quiz this week. We also released the fifth biweekly Realm Newsletter (sign up here), gave away an NFT from our partner UBAC, and published another article in our Advisors Series!
Realm also made a lot of media appearances this week. UP NEXT CRYPTO released two videos about us, which you can view here and here. Cryptogains also created a Realm video, which you can watch here. Finally, Blockonomi published an article about Realm, which you can read here.
In addition to these weekly affairs, Realm also has some ongoing competitions and opportunities for our community! Alpha testers can enter the AR Portal Contest by submitting an image or video on Instagram — read the competition brief here. After our CEX listing on Gate last week, we also opened two staking pools: a single-sided staking pool and an Arbour Day staking pool (that plants trees and rewards NFTs!).
Finally, our Beta launch is quickly approaching! Make sure you sign up for Beta by entering your email on the home page of our website realm.art.
Now onto the devs…
Runtime Asset Downloading
Some pretty major changes have been going on under the hood of Realm lately, and today we launched a new Alpha build that downloads Realms at runtime. This means that our initial app and game data download size is reduced by over 90%, and this development allows users to hop through worlds endlessly — only downloading what they need. Going forward our Alpha testers can expect much faster loading for a more seamless gameplay experience.
This development is also an essential step to downloading different avatars from sources like Ready Player Me, since the characters now download at runtime too! In the future you will be able to customise your avatar on-the-go without your phone going through the stress of pre-downloading all of the assets. We thank our Alpha testers for continuously giving us valuable feedback, and together we are ramping up for the June Beta launch!
We’ve been crafting some super fun experiences lately — check out the greybox of this new realm that is currently in production! Realm Royale is our take on a very popular game (hint: it rhymes with “Tall Fries”), and if you get the reference you should be super excited to see what is coming! If you aren’t sure what you’re looking at yet, imagine a massive multiplayer online obstacle course… Maybe with some $REALM tokens and other special items as prizes.
The modular elements from the Realm Royale will ultimately allow you all to create your own weird and wonderful courses using Realm’s builder tools. Imagine combining these obstacle course elements with our space builder modules to create a unique obstacle course in your microverse! The possibilities are truly endless.
In the last few Dev Logs we have been introducing Realm seeds; so far nine seeds have been revealed. Naturally, these seeds come from and grow into trees! Here you can see a sneak peak of the Vanta tree, along with its seed. These rare flora populate the Vanta district of the Metropolis — stay tuned for more stages of their evolution and updates on planting and crafting in the Realm metaverse!
Thank you for tuning into this week’s Dev Log, and we’ll see you in the Metaverse!
Realm is a mobile-first, play-to-earn, social impact driven Metaverse that allows gamers, players and artists to create their own personalized NFT microverse. Creators can bring unique music, art, and games into their realms. Whole living worlds can be minted as an ERC-1155 NFT and traded on the OpenSea Marketplace. Additionally, players can discover, trade, collect and view NFTs in the environments and experiences their creators imagined.