Bandai Namco reveals details to the upcoming Gundam Metaverse

While the Mercury anime's The Witch made an appearance, the Gundam Metaverse was also a big part of the 3rd Gundam Conference. Bandai Namco is forging through with its intentions to develop an IP metaverse, beginning with the brand, as stated in February 2022. Bandai Namco hopes for it to become a "platform of chances" for fans all over the world to connect, according to a presentation and press release.


The formation of "virtual communities" for each "type" of Gundam participation is the initial phase in the metaverse's creation. Gunpla (Gundam plastic model kits), video games, anime productions, and music are examples of these. The existing Bandai Namco ID system will link them all together.

Last month, the business unveiled its ambitions for Metaverse in its mid-year report. Bandai Namco hopes for it to become a "platform of opportunity" for fans all around the world to connect, according to the newest presentation and press release.

After that, virtual areas will be created. These will be based on Gundam's iconic space colonies, which are hugely famous. Each will have a connection to the Gundam Metaverse hub. This group of colonies will be known as Side-G collectively. The method by which users will gain access to these virtual colonies has yet to be determined. Bandai Namco has stated that the virtual places will be connected to the actual world in some way.

A concept depiction of a prospective "Gunpla Colony" virtual environment was one example of such a Gundam Metaverse setting. It's based on The Gundam Base Virtual World, a virtual world that was tested in 2021. It takes the shape of a Gundam-themed virtual reality mall. The Gunpla Colony would expand on this concept by providing users with individualized rooms and the ability to scan their own gunpla models for use in battle. This could be similar to the Gundam Build Divers anime's concept. The Gunpla colony will be subjected to limited access tests in the autumn of 2022.


The Esports Colony seems to be another colony. This will be a virtual area based on existing Gundam multiplayer games such as Gundam Battle Operation 2 and Gundam Evolution, which will be released later this year.

Bandai Namco's aspirations to expand its virtual environment were perhaps the most significant aspect of the Gundam Metaverse presentation. It claimed in a section about its near-term goals that it will encourage third-party enterprises to "join the Gundam market" construction. The goal is to expand the Gundam Metaverse while preserving "character rights." Bandai Namco is searching for companies that will "enable general users to conduct C2C business utilizing the Gundam brand in the form of user-generated content (UGC)."


When C2C is used in conjunction with a metaverse notion and "user-generated content," it might be construed as a euphemism for cryptocurrency integration in the form of Play-to-Earn mechanics or NFTs, as well as other types of digital asset trading. In relation to the Gundam Metaverse, Bandai Namco made no mention of crypto or NFTs.

They will, however, undoubtedly be included because a fully operating Metaverse would be impossible without them. Prepare for Bandai Namco's arrival into the Metaverse, as the Gundam Metaverse's initial limited tests will begin in Autumn 2022.