The Sandbox, a decentralized gaming virtual world and subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Animoca Brands, has announced its collaboration with Softstar Entertainment Inc. (Softstar), an iconic Taiwanese brand of classic personal computer (PC) games.

The Sandbox said in a statement that Softstar will purchase a parcel of virtual lands in The Sandbox to construct the Softstar MetaPark, where a myriad of stories – both traditional and futuristic – will be introduced to the Web3 ecosystem.

Players in The Sandbox will be treated to a wide range of experiences from romantic myths about legendary wuxia (martial heroes) to the pursuit of a billion dollars in modern day riches.

Popular classic characters from Softstar’s back catalog, including Li Xiaoyao, Zhao Ling’er, and Lin Yueru from The Legend of Sword and Fairy series, and Sun Xiaomei, Jin Beibei, and Atubo from Richman series, will all be ready to accompany fans during their adventures.

Softstar’s decision to join The Sandbox is warmly welcomed because it represents an important step for a traditional games publisher and underscores the accelerated growth that Web3 and the metaverse are enjoying in this new era.

All players and creators in The Sandbox will soon be able to display and utilize in-game assets and Intellectual Property (IP) created by Softstar in the form of original game experiences that are developed as NFTs.

“We are thrilled that Softstar is partnering with The Sandbox. As the gaming industry increasingly embraces Web3, many traditional games companies are establishing their presence in the metaverse,” said Sebastien Borget, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Sandbox.

“We look forward to Softstar’s development in the decentralized, virtual world of The Sandbox, where memorable stories can vividly come alive in a highly creative environment,

“The long-standing success that Softstar has enjoyed will undoubtedly encourage fans and players to create even more original gaming experiences,” he added.

Softstar is also partnering with Lululand – a metaverse studio for The Sandbox – and TW The Sandbox Creator Club (TWCC) to host its very first Web3 exhibition in “A Love is Forever”, a game experience in Alpha Season 3 made by Lululand.

In addition to showcasing classic Softstar characters and memorable stories, the exhibition will feature a preview of the brand’s on-going work in The Sandbox.

Softstar, LuluLand and TWCC will also host a series of events alongside the exhibition.

The Sandbox is one of the decentralized virtual worlds that has been fueling the recent growth of virtual real estate demand, having partnered with major IPs and brands including Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, The Rabbids, Gucci Vault, The Walking Dead, Snoop Dogg, Adidas, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Richie Hawtin, The Smurfs, Care Bears, Atari, ZEPETO, CryptoKitties, and more.

Building on existing The Sandbox IP that has more than 40 million global installs on mobile, The Sandbox metaverse offers players and creators a decentralized and intuitive platform to create immersive 3D worlds and game experiences and to safely store, trade, and monetize their creations.

Softstar set its target as becoming the leading company in game development, marketing, and publishing since 1988.

From 2008, the firm started actively gearing to international standards and applying a global view. In order to reach the goals of industrial upgrading, product upgrading, and globalizing, Softstar Entertainment continues to develop products that match international standards and promote them worldwide with outstanding original content as the basis.

Many role-playing games (RPGs) and simulation game (SLGs) were presented by Softstar, including some well-known series such as Sword and Fairy, Xuan-Yuan Sword, Empire of Angle, Richman, and Stardom, etc.

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