Assassin’s Creed unveils ‘smart collectibles,’ MechaFightClub winds down and more

Assassin’s Creed, one of Ubisoft’s most popular gaming franchises, has announced a series of customizable “smart collectibles” featuring digital and physical components.

The collectibles are set to drop on May 16 and consist of a transparent 3D-printed cube with a character figure inside and a Polygon-based nonfungible token (NFT) called a “Digital Soul,” which provides proof of ownership.

Fans of the series will need to purchase a Digital Soul NFT, which comes in two tiers of rarity. From there, they can customize their character with different poses, outfits and weapons and have the final product shipped to their door.

The amount of available customizations is tied to the level or rarity the person buys.

Assassin’s Creed collectibles. Source: smartcollectibles.io

The “smart” aspect of the collectibles comes via an embedded near-field communication (NFC) chip placed on the 3D cube and a companion app.

Upon scanning or tapping the physical collectibles, users can access the app to complete achievements and earn various “items, recipes, loot boxes” and other utilities.

The collection is part of a broader project in partnership with Integral Reality Labs, which the Assassin’s Creed team describes as a “co-reality platform.”

The platform will soon have a marketplace to trade Assassin’s Creed collectibles, and it is also set to host the sale of the “Pieces of Eden Pass” NFTs.

The collection comprises 1,500 tokens offering exclusive perks and experiences, and a “unique limited edition” Digital Soul NFT.

MechaFightClub ‘indefinitely pausing’ operations

Irreverent Labs’ Solana-based NFT game MechaFightClub announced on May 12 that it would be “indefinitely pausing” due to the lack of regulatory clarity in the United States.

The game was intended to revolve around NFT and artificial intelligence-based fighting robot chickens. However, the project has cited concerns about launching a blockchain-based in-game economy in the current regulatory climate.

Robot fighting chicken. Source: MechaFightClub

As part of the shutting down process, from May 15 MechaFightClub will start buying back the NFTs it sold to the community for 18 Solana (SOL).

“We are an American company, and a lack of clarity is making it difficult for blockchain companies to operate here. In the current regulatory confusion, we simply couldn’t create an in-game economy without concern about the regulatory ramifications,” the firm stated in an announcement.

New Yuga Labs CEO buys BAYC NFT well above floor price

Yuga Labs’ new CEO Daniel Alegre has splashed 50 Ether (ETH) on Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT #3575.

Th purchase on May 10 was equal to $90,000, well above the floor price of $78,000 at the time, or 44 ETH. The move indicates a strong show of faith from the CEO in Yuga Lab’s major project, considering the BAYC floor price has declined from 75 ETH to 44.5 ETH over the past 90 days.

Alegre joined Yuga Labs on April 1, and he is the former president and chief operating officer of gaming firm Activision Blizzard.

As part of the announcement in April, the CEO stated that “the company’s pipeline of products, partnerships, and IP [intellectual property] represents a massive opportunity to define the metaverse.“

Pudgy Penguins raises $9 million

A few days after signing a Hollywood representation deal with WME, Blue chip NFT project Pudgy Penguins closed a $9 million seed funding round.

The round was led by early-stage investment firm 1kx, with participation from Big Brain Holdings, Kronos Research and the Founders of LayerZero Labs, to name a few.

The funds will be used to scale the project’s intellectual property and expand its offerings within its community and ecosystem.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue the strong momentum we’ve built over the last year, even in a bear market,” said Vi Powils, Pudgy Penguins head of investor relations, as part of a May 9 announcement.

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Other Nifty News

South Korean tech company LG Electronics has filed a patent application for its blockchain-based smart TV that allows users to trade NFTs.

On May 10, U.S. business magnate Elon Musk tweeted a meme created using imagery from the Milady NFT collection. Shortly after that, the floor price of Milady NFTs spiked from 3.8 ETH to as high as 7.3 ETH, before falling to 5.69 ETH apiece at the time of publication.

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