For those that don’t know, could you tell us why we should all love Kitty Inu?
With the Kitty Inu project, we wanted to blend humor and light-heartedness (our logo character and her backstory of ‘running with the big dogs’) with more serious elements of novel innovation (a multifaceted ecosystem all powered by a singular token). One of the things we, the team, have come to love is the diversity in community that this has brought about. On one hand, we have some individuals reaching out to share insights on the ethical use of artificial intelligence, and on the other, we have some contributing by sharing funny gifs and memes that they have incorporated our logo into. It has been a lot of fun to witness individuals with different interests and expertises all coming together to rally around a single project. In addition to the amazing community we have grown, I believe our team has worked very hard to demonstrate our dedication to the project. Our marketing team is working nonstop to find different creative avenues and platforms to get the word out about kitty, and our phenomenal development team was ready with a game trailer in the first couple of days after launch. We really want the community to know that we appreciate their support so much and we are working hard for them and will continue to do so in the long run.
What is the role of the Kitty token within the ecosystem?
The $kitty token will always be the native currency underlying the ecosystem. The ecosystem in this context currently refers to the play-to-earn game, the DeFi Dapp, and the metaverse environment where our intelligent kitty will reside. These systems will all be interconnected by their shared usage of the $kitty token. Expanding the scope of the project beyond just play to earn gives us the opportunity to create a multifaceted utility for $kitty, and, as a whole, it presents a very unique project where many different investor interests are represented. In the context of just the play-to-earn game though, the NFT game assets will only be purchasable via $kitty tokens.
Play-to-earn games are one of the most talked-about sectors in all of crypto. Can you tell us a bit about KittyKart, the game currently under development?
KittyKart is a racing video game. Players can purchase NFT characters and go-karts via kitty tokens to race against one another in tracks of varying difficulty and stylization. By racing, players can earn power-up items giving them an advantage in a race, or sabotage items they can use on other players to disadvantage them. Players can also purchase these items in the in-game marketplace or trade them for $kitty tokens there too.
What are “cheat” tokens and how will they function inside the game?
The “cheat” tokens refer to the power-ups and sabotage items found throughout the game and will be available for purchase via $kitty tokens in the in-game marketplace. In order to maintain the delicate balance between supply and demand that is necessary for a sustainable in-game economy, these tokens are designed to be single-use in a race, which preserves their scarcity element of them. If earned and not used in a race, users can trade them for $kitty tokens in the in-game marketplace, which then can be converted to Ethereum if users would like to ‘cash out’.
What is the development timeline for KittyKart? When can we expect to race for the first time?
Our goal is to have a beta release of the game by the end of January 2022. This is an ambitious deadline, but we do not expect the beta to be the full production game. It will be more of a ’lite’ version to give our community a taste of what is to come.
Your Litepaper mentions eventually working on a DeFi application, can you tell us a bit about what you have planned?
A hint would be the DeFi application is indirectly related to the game- primarily, the game assets. After the successful release of the beta version of the game, we will share more details on the DeFi application.
You mentioned, ‘metaverse environment where our intelligent kitty will reside’, can you explain that a little further and what you have planned?
After seeing the positive responses from community members regarding our kitty character, we really wanted to do something more with her beyond just having her be a player in a game or the logo face of a DeFi application. We decided to partner with the Culture DAO with the intention of eventually having the character become iNFT (intelligent NFT) metaverse pet, as well as bringing her to social media platforms as a full-fledged virtual being. A little further background on The Culture DAO: it is a metaverse guild founded by one of the co-founders of Oculus VR story studio. Holders of its token, $cultur, become members of the social community that make up the DAO. Its membership consists of Pixar animators, metaverse game developers, and NFT artists. In our partnership, we will have access to their incredibly talented community and assistance in our goals of developing the character of kitty further beyond just a simple cute logo.
You guys have had some other partnerships, correct? What are the intended goals of those?
We have partnered with a couple of other meme coin projects. The main outcome of these partnerships, aside from Culture’s which is more hands-on/developmental, is the ability to incorporate their logo characters into our game. As developers and artists, we want to be very careful and respectful of people’s work. While we may not need permission to incorporate a non-copyrighted logo or the essence of a character in our game, it is not something we would do without the consent of the team that created it. Primarily our partnerships so far have just been obtaining that consent to use their character if we would like to incorporate them into our game.
Do you see expanding beyond meme coin characters for available game avatars?
Absolutely! There are some amazing NFT projects we would love to incorporate as characters in our game, and we are talking with some of them for doing so.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our community?
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