The 2012 mobile game is entitled “The Sandbox” because it offers customers tools to create their unique nonlinear gameplay, generally known as a “sandbox mode.” The participant takes the role of “Deity apprentice” and sets about crafting their universe by exploring assets including water, soil, lightning, lava, sand, glass, and many more complex elements such as mechanical contraptions, humans, and wildlife. Gamers encounter obligations like using water and dirt to make mud and demanding situations like battery making or constructing an electrical circuit. Users can keep worlds they’ve created and add them to a public gallery.
Animoca brands received the assets in August 2018 to apply for a Voxel-style blockchain model of the game. This would facilitate players monetizing their in-game creations. Customers can purchase plots of virtual land, with promotional partners owning land along with Snoop Dogg, Richie Hawtin, Deadmau5, and The Smurfs. In May 2019, Animoca raised $2.5 million in investment to improve this project.
In Q3/2019, Square Enix, B Cryptos, and authentic international Ventures invested $2.01 million in cash and cryptocurrency in the Sandbox. In November 2021, SoftBank led a $93 million funding inside the Sandbox. In November 2021, Adrian Cheng introduced that he would construct virtual land in the Sandbox’s metaverse.
The alpha of The Sandbox Metaverse was released on November 29, 2021.