Gravity Pivots to Web3 with The Sandbox to Bring Ragnarok to the Metaverse

The Sandbox has collaborated with Korean gaming company Gravity to bring popular MMORPG game Ragnarok to the metaverse.
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Quick take:

  • Gravity has teamed up with The Sandbox to bring Ragnarok to the metaverse.
  • The Korean video game developer joins leading Asian gaming companies that have forayed into Web3.
  • Ragnarok is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) available in 91 regions.

Popular massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) Ragnarok is coming to the metaverse. Ragnarok creator Gravity has teamed with leading metaverse gaming platform The Sandbox to create an immersive version of the game.

According to the announcement, Ragnarok LAND will be built in The Sandbox metaverse, allowing the Web3 gaming platform to offer various content and NFTs using Ragnarok IP.

In addition, the new metaverse-based Ragnarok will allow users to participate in a Game Jam based on its universe and characters.

The Ragnarok IP is Gravity’s top gaming product, serviced both on the web and mobile. It features several games including “Ragnarok M: Eternal Love, Ragnarok Origin, Ragnarok X: Next Generation, Ragnarok V: Returns, and Ragnarok Begins.”

The company also holds rights to online animated series based on the Ragnarok universe and characters.

And Cindy Lee, CEO of The Sandbox Korea recognises the popularity of the Ragnarok IP around the world, lauding it as one of the reasons the metaverse company was excited to forge a partnership with Gravity.

“Through this partnership, the excitement and joy that Ragnarok brings to players can be adapted in a new way through metaverse content,” she said.

On the other hand, Harry Choi, Business Director of Gravity Business Division commented: “We are preparing diverse content with Ragnarok IP for users to enjoy in the metaverse as well. Stay tuned!”

Choi sees the partnership as important for Ragnarok players around the world because now they will be able to experience the game in The Sandbox metaverse.

Gravity is not the only gaming company from South Korea to team up with Web3 companies. Earlier this year, Netmarble signed a memorandum of understanding with Binance to create blockchain-based products. On the other hand, Anicube Ent has partnered with The Sandbox to bring K-Culture to the metaverse.

Although mainstream gaming companies continue to foray into Web3, not everyone is on board with the decision. Some game developers like GSC, the creators of STALKER2 and Ubisoft have faced backlash from their communities after announcing plans to introduce NFTs to games.

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