Former developers of The Last of Us and Days Gone team up to create studio Liithos

First game, Ashfall, will have NFTs and blockchain

Industry veterans banding together to forge their own paths with the creation of new studios has become increasingly common. The new thing is that Michael Mumbauer and John Garvinwho worked on the creation of The Last of Us and Days Gonerespectively, are now the heads of the new studio on the market called Lithos.

The studio’s debut will be with the game Ashfallwhich they define as “the first true AAA Web 3.0 title for PC, console and network hedera“, which uses a “native, energy-efficient cryptocurrency” called HBARHedera’s virtual currency..

“Ashfall will take players in a fight for survival in a world marked by global warming, the igniting volcano Ring of Fire, mysterious energy fields and hostile territories, starting as a connected single player adventure that will evolve into a cinematic transmedia world. with PvP and PvE multiplayer”, explains the studio.

The game will be PvPvE multiplayer with large maps, as the concept images on the site show, and will have blockchain and NFT in some form.

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Liithos defends the use of cryptocurrencies in games

“Our goal is to create a truly next-gen open-world experience that engages with new technologies enabling (the creation of) user-generated content,” said Garvin. “There is a bit of disagreement, in my opinion, about what blockchain in games could mean to gamers. I see blockchain as a trail and the main stations are video games.”

Mumbauer adds: “The other stations all lead to the main one, which is the games, and the trains deliver precious cargo (NFTs) to players via other stations. It’s a way to have deeper, more engaging experiences than we’ve ever seen before. players for doing the things they already love […]”.

John Garvin worked on Sony franchises for 25 years as a writer and director. One of the great games was Days Gone and he was also one of the creators of the Siphon Filter series. Michael Mumbauer was on the PlayStation Visual Arts team for 13 years and worked on the technologies that brought Nathan Drake from Uncharted and Ellie and Joel from The Last of Us to life.

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The risky focus, it is worth noting, on delivering games tied to NFTs and blockchain is the initial goal of the new Liithos studio, even though the gamer community has already vehemently refuted actions like this in the industry.


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