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Official Site: Entropia Universe
Studio: MindArk
Launch Date: January 30, 2003
Genre: Real-money virtual world
Business Model: F2P

Entropia Universe kicks off an event inspired by Ready Player One

The plot of the novel and upcoming film Ready Player One is that you can win total control of a virtual world by having watched the original Ghostbusters film enough times. (Or something to that effect.) You cannot win total control of Entropia Universe by remembering enough about Voltron, but you do have an opportunity to take part in a big scavenger hunt across the game’s world with its newest event. And the reward is 50,000 Project Entropia Dollars, which can be cashed out for $5,000, as well as land deeds to bring in more revenue.

Of course, you are going to have to answer a series of fiendish riddles to obtain all of the three keys hidden in the game, so don’t expect to be able to just roll in and get $5,000 for knowing what Indiana Jones is afraid of (ferrets). But hey, if the idea of an in-game scavenger hunt across worlds is what you’re into, you’ll be able to fulfill exactly that desire when the riddles start on March 29th.

Source: MindArk press release

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You will go to the moon in Project Entropia – and own a slice for six bucks

Wanna own a part of a moon? Entropia Universe is putting one up for sale, and you can even play on it this year.

“Arkadia Moon will orbit the popular Planet Arkadia within Entropia Universe allowing players to travel there by space craft,” says long-running MMO studio MindArk. “The new moon will be 64 square kilometers in size and features High Stakes mining opportunities, seven brand new creatures and new adventure missions.”

The equivalent of six bucks will get you one of the 200,000 deeds up for sale in prep for the moon patch coming later this year (third quarter, the PR says), though it’s slightly cheaper if you buy one earlier than later. And yes, you can go there on your spaceship.

And why on earth – er, on Entropia – would you buy this thing? You’ll recall that the 15-year-old Entropia Universe has a real-cash economy, meaning that if property in the game gains in value, you can cash out and actually turn a tidy profit. Here’s Entropia’s spiel:

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One-of-a-kind Entropia Universe rifle sells for $51,796

If nothing else, Entropia Universe seems always good for an eye-popping story about how much real-world money that players will spend on in-game goods (such as $5,000 invisible clothing). Today’s “I can’t believe someone bought that” moment features one gamer who dropped over 51 Gs on a single weapon.

Yes, you read that right.

A character named Divinity Deth Undefined spent $51,796 for a Dub & McCormick Terminator shortly this past summer. This unique weapon was created in 2005 as a prize for a community video contest. The weapon has changed hands several times over the past decade and has been increasing in value ever since its debut. Curious what it looks like? We’ve got a video of the Terminator after the break.

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Entropia Universe sells invisible clothing for $5,000

Are you a fan of Entropia Universe? Then you can –

I’m sorry, I can’t do this. I don’t know how in the world to contextualize this. I can understand the idea that Entropia Universe wants to sell a thing to its biggest fans for money. That’s fine. I can even almost understand the fact that it costs $5,000 out of the gate. Sure, that’s insane and a half, but we’re also dealing with a game that allows for a 1:1 exchange of its in-game currency for real money, that makes a certain amount of sense.

But then there’s the fact that it’s invisible, and at that point I officially don’t understand. $5,000 for a piece of clothing that you will not be able to see because that is its main selling point. I cannot contextualize this. I am sorry, everyone. Let’s just make this a memetic thing; the Grand Magistrix has power over time, I’m setting the clock back.

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Entropia Universe angles to enter the VR market

Is virtual reality just a fad that happens to come around every once in a while? Entropia Universe is banking that it’s here to stay this time, as its studio is laying out plans to support and integrate VR in its virtual worlds.

Entropia Universe AB announced yesterday that it will be fully supporting several virtual reality devices, including Oculus Rift and SteamVR. The company also said that it’ll be helping developers dabbling in VR to figure out ways to successfully monetize these efforts.

Head of Business Development David Simmons says that the days of thinking of VR as a fad are officially over: “Virtual reality is on the threshold of becoming the great entertainment medium of the new millennium.”

[Source: PR Newswire]

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