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    ‘Gundam Metaverse’ to Open for a Limited Time to Fans in Japan and the US

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    Bandai Namco Group announced on September 15th that Gundam Metaverse would be open to fans in Japan and the United States for a limited time of two weeks starting October 6th, and registration began on the same day.

    This announcement was made at the online “Gundam Conference” on September 15th. Takashi Fujiwara, the company’s Chief Gundam Officer (CGO), revealed the basis for the two-week restriction. He explained, “This is our first attempt. We hope to use the feedback from this period for the next phase.” [the Metaverse’s] development.

    The AI ​​character “Mellow” produced by Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. will serve as a guide. (©Sotsu/Sunrise ©Sotsu/Sunrise/MBS)

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    Bandai Namco Group introduced the concept of “Gundam Metaverse” in 2020. This metaverse is not just for the purpose of providing content. It also aims to serve as a platform where users can interact with each other and create virtual communities. The company envisions expanding this virtual space in stages. The first installment of “Gundam Metaverse” will focus on Gundam plastic models (Gunpla).

    During the two-week soft launch, visitors can expect a 3D space that brings the world of Gundam to life. There will also be a Gunpla shop, live venue, and Gunpla museum. We have 6 types of Gunpla models in our store.

    Live venue image (© Sotsu/Sunrise)
    Gunpla Museum (©Sotsu/Sunrise)

    UGC Museum

    The centerpiece of the Metaverse will be a UGC (user-generated content) museum where users can display photos and 3D CG of their Gunpla creations. Furthermore, Bundai collaborated with Sony Group Corporation to develop high-precision 3D scanning technology. This will allow users to display 3D images of Gunpla models within the Metaverse.

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    Scan the Gunpla and display it in CGI. Visitors can view the works from various angles. (©Sotsu/Sunrise)

    In addition, videos explaining how to assemble Gunpla and shooting techniques will also be distributed.Live concerts will also be held in Metaverse featuring artists such as yama, who is known for performing the opening theme for the second season of the anime series. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury.

    Co-create Gundam

    According to Fujiwara’s vision, Gundam Metaverse will be a place where fans can co-create the next Gundam. “I want it to become a sacred place for fans,” he said.

    Bandai Namco Group CGO Takashi Fujiwara (©ITmedia NEWS)

    Following the soft launch, Metaverse will undergo renovations in preparation for its reopening in spring 2024. In the next version, the company is exploring the possibility of establishing fan communities that digitally record users using non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Activities.

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    Author: Contributed to ITmedia NEWS Sankei Shimbun

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