The press release announcing the acquisition of Legends of Aria and its developer Citadel Studios by Blue Monster Games is making it sound like two titans of the gaming industry have come together. When in reality it seems like the deal is just another dime-a-dozen NFT/Metaverse gaming company buying a long-dead indie MMO.
The acquisition will also mark the first time that an existing AAA game will be updated with blockchain and Web3 mechanics, thus “metaversifying” it with NFTs and token-based in-game currencies. Legends of Aria is expected to be the first entry to Realms of Ethernity’s “meta-metaverse” concept, and RETH holders will be given exclusive access to the soon-to-be-announced Legends of Aria’s IDO.
Calling Legends of Aria a AAA game makes about as much sense as comparing Blue Monster Games’ metaverse, called Realms of Ethernity, to World of Warcraft. (something the developers have done). Pop over to the Realms of Ethernity website to see concept art that looks like it’s been made by children and some stock 3D models.
Citadel Studios raised over $100,000 back in 2014 for Legends of Aria but was quickly forgotten. The game currently has 17 players on Steam.