Worms crawling their way into the metaverse

Together with Reality Gaming Group, Team17 is putting together the MetaWorms NFT collection. Which will feature a generative art project called Colonel, a multicolored Worms with its own display stand. The Ethereum main net of Reality Gaming uses a “side chain” of Ethereum. This means that each Worm NFT will consume less energy and will be “green”.

Team17 plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from the NFT collection to Coin 4 Planet, an initiative that supports sustainability. Specifically, it supports Refeed Farms, which develops worm beds to process food waste.

“Worms is the most iconic franchise in gaming, with millions of fans all over the world. And so we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Reality Gaming Group in preparation for the release of highly limited edition artwork NFTs,” said Team17 head of publishing Harley Homewood.

Even worms have NFTs

A new statement to NME, however, said that while it will be producing and selling Worms NFTs. It does not currently plan to integrate NFTs into any other games, saying: Team17 licenses the Worms brand to our newest third-party partner to create collectible digital artwork based on the wildly popular IP, similarly to the physical merchandise already available. Team17 does not plan to bring play-to-earn NFT mechanics to any of its titles under the indie games label.

The company’s statement, where they want to distance themselves from the NFTs produced with their IP by an outside company. That does indicate that no NFT will make the jump into gaming themselves. As we have seen previously with Ubisoft’s NFT offering. Nonetheless, Team17 has stated that they won’t be adding NFT mechanics to any of their “indie games label titles”.

NME has been informed by several anonymous sources. That Team17 wasn’t aware of the NFT plans until today. The Hell Let Loose IP has been acquired by Team17 from Black Matter Games earlier this month. The developer was previously a third-party publisher before it purchased the IP for £31 million, with consideration of £15 million contingent on performance.

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