Neon Machine, a Web3 gaming developer, has secured $20 million in a Series A funding round to support the development of its extraction shooter game, ‘Shrapnel’. The company, which boasts a team with experience working on popular games like Call of Duty, West World, and Halo, has garnered significant support from investors such as Polychain Capital, Brevan Howard Digital, Franklin Templeton, Griffin Gaming Partners, IOSG Ventures, and Tess Ventures. This funding follows Neon’s previous raise of $10.5 million in June 2021.
Described as an AAA game, ‘Shrapnel’ aims to deliver a high-quality, immersive first-person shooter experience with multiplayer features similar to Activision Blizzard’s ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’. The game is expected to be available to paid subscribers in December, with plans to launch as a free-to-play title in 2024.
Although ‘Shrapnel’ is still in the pre-alpha testing phase, initial gameplay footage has unveiled exciting competitive elements centered around “extraction” mechanics. In-game assets will be stored on-chain, providing players with heightened security and protection against rivals. This integration of blockchain technology adds a layer of ownership and value to the overall gaming experience.
Furthermore, the game will offer a modding toolset that empowers developers and players to incorporate additional blockchain-based assets into the gaming ecosystem. This tool aims to foster more tournament plays and seasonal competitions within the game.
In addition to its focus on Web3 technology, Neon Machine has also announced its plans to license its Web3 developer’s API platform, GameBridge, further emphasizing its commitment to advancing Web3 opportunities in the gaming industry.
With this latest funding round, Neon Machine is well-positioned to accelerate the development and release of ‘Shrapnel’. The company’s strong financial backing, combined with its team’s expertise, puts it in a favorable position to make a significant impact in the competitive gaming market. Gamers and blockchain enthusiasts alike can look forward to experiencing a cutting-edge shooter game that seamlessly integrates blockchain technology and delivers an immersive multiplayer experience.
Original author: Leah (NFT Plazas)