The following comparison chart from the Virtual Universe white paper caught my eye:
I had already heard of (and was very familiar with) Decentraland, Rec Room, Sansar and VRChat, but what were Terra Virtua and The Deep? So, I went and did a little investigating…
Terra Virtua bills itself, “the first fully immersive, blockchain-driven VR entertainment platform.” According to their vision statement:
Terra Virtua is a unique virtual platform, focusing entirely on immersive VR entertainment, built around a strong community and social connection.
Supported by developers, run by industry leaders and secured by blockchain, Terra Virtua is the platform for the next generation and dimension in entertainment and engagement.
Terra Virtua will have its own robust, secure blockchain based economy. Zones, in-game items, skins, upgrades and unique experiences can be bought and sold within Terra Virtua, driven by our token, the Terra Virtua TERRA (TVT). TVT owners will be a vital part of the ecosystem, kickstarting the Terra Virtua economy.
There’s the requisite slick promotional video, full of all the appropriate buzzwords:
Here’s their white paper. At first glance, the project reminds me a little bit of VIBE Hub. They’re looking at a Netflix-type subscription model.
And The Deep (whose tagline is, “Build your unique eternal crypto town”—?!??) sure sounds a heck of a lot like Decentraland. According to their white paper:
The Deep (DEEP) – is an eternal virtual world based on DPoS tokens to create a decentralized, immersive world that is part game and part social platform. An immutable world where each experience builds on previous experiences.
And there’s this little nugget from their website FAQ:
Why is The Deep eternal?
The Deep will last forever thanks to decentralization based on DPOS technology and specially designed Deep five-level protocol. We do not depend on anyone or anything else for our world. Ruled by the democratic use of consensus, The Deep can grow and change according to the will of its users.
The Deep is planning an alpha launch sometime in the summer of this year.
The blockchain-based virtual worlds marketplace is now officially overcrowded! They are multiplying like rabbits!