A lot has been said about social VR over the years, and while many platforms have come and gone those who are in it for the long haul are hard to find. Oculus parent company Facebook itself is evidence of that; seemingly remodeling and repackaging its virtual meeting space every year. However, one studio in particular has reasoned that VR is still in its youth, and as such the best strategy to develop a base line now, and allow your users to determine the future.
Somnium Space Ltd., the studio behind the social VR platform Somnium Space, launched the Early Access version of the app via Steam in September 2018, to a very welcome reception from VR users. Designed to be ‘a world that will be shaped and built entirely by users’, registered players are able to buy virtual land and build almost anything they can envision. One such virtual land offering is currently available via an online auction as this article goes live.
Buying a plot of land in Somnium Space is akin to doing so in the real world: that land ‘parcel’ will remain yours forever, with registered ownership recorded on the blockchain, and will be persistent within the world. Other users will pass by your property on their way to meet with friends or journey home, when simply out for a stroll or – if you’re so inclined – to attend a party that you are hosting.
That in itself is the ethos of Somnium Space. Taking cues from Second Life, players can use their land parcel as a staging ground for practically anything they can think of. That bare patch of grass can become a monument to VR, a venue for virtual events or simply a home for you and your friends to relax in. Somnium Space has put considerable effort into developing a builder system in which the only limitation is the user’s imagination.
“The whole universe of Somnium Space will be entirely shaped by our players,” states Artur Sychov, CEO of Somnium Space. “With our builder they can actually build on their land; they can actually use some of the build items from Admix if they want to!”
The video below highlights the in-game builder and showcases the ability to add items featuring Admix’s non-intrusive advertising into your creations, thus potentially creating a revenue stream for those who build a popular venue in the world of Somnium Space! The initial land offering (ILO) for Somnium Space closes very soon, so if you don’t have your own land parcel yet go ahead and check it out now.
“We are building Somnium Space 2.0 which will be a blast when everything is ready for a better performance and visuals and more importantly capabilities,” states the official Steam Store page for Somnium Space. “We will be ready at the end of summer too and we are planning to leave early access for good.”
You can find out more about the project at the official Somnium Space website, and if you’re attending AWE EU next week be sure to stop by the Admix booth for a hands-on opportunity with the latest build of Somnium Space 2.0!
Kevin Joyce has been working with immersive technology since 2013, establishing VRFocus.com as one of the leading AR and VR publications before joining Admix, a non-intrusive advertising platform designed specifically for immersive experiences, as Lead Evangelist.