February may be the shortest month of the year, but that does not mean any less progress was made! Some of the highlights for this month most definitely were major breakthroughs on the ZENZO Forge, which is ZENZO’s solution to scalability for blockchain gaming. Furthermore, the ZENZO Forge Tech Demo (KOTA: King of the Apocalypse) is getting closer to the private testing and release. Last but not least, for anyone that missed The Checkpoint (Level 4) with Incent on February 29th, Tendo announced that Early Access registration is now open for KOTA(more details and link below).
The ZENZO Team is currently focused on working on a handful of epic releases including: ZENZO Core v2.0, ZENZO Forge v0.4 (Alpha), ZENZO Arcade v0.2 (Alpha), KOTA: Early Access, and the ZENZO Hatchery. Sounds like a lot? It is, but ZENZO is beginning to expand very rapidly and is currently looking for new team members who embody the same vision in the realms of cryptocurrency, blockchain, and gaming. Want to learn more and see if ZENZO might be a place for you, contact the team in the ZENZO Discord.
ZENZO Core Development
After the release of ZENZO Core v1.3.0, ZENZO Core Developers have been focused on development of the new wallet and updated codebase. Much of this new codebase will be from the monumental efforts and latest PIVX Core v.4.0.2 Release, which includes a plethora of bug fixes, an unmatched QT Wallet GUI design, cold staking, and much more. Thanks to the healthy alliance between PIVX and ZENZO, there is great inspiration to innovate and take this technology even further — most importantly, making it easier for your average person to understand and operate. In the upcoming weeks, there will be development screenshots and updates via the ZENZO GitHub, Social Media, and Discord.
ZENZO Arcade Development
The ZENZO Arcade Alpha v2.0 edges closer to the public release. For this next release, it is being designed to make the process of purchasing games and digital assets in a safe, secure, and simple manner. With an improved user dashboard, game mechanics, and an incentivized referral system, the new ZENZO Arcade will establish itself as a trusted and reliable marketplace for digital game assets. This also includes a launching platform for any and all games (that abide by the terms and conditions), with a focus on indie developer games. ZENZO will execute this by providing a fair and trustless system for listing games and operating with some of the lowest listing fees available.
With plans for the ZENZO Arcade Beta Release, this will include making the ZENZO Arcade bi-directional, which allows for players, traders, and users to buy, sell, and trade their ZENZO Blockchain Assets (ZENZO Forge Items). The first phase of this release is to grant owners of ZENZO Forge Items the ability to sell their assets on a trusted, public marketplace.
ZENZO Forge Development
Progress on the ZENZO Forge can be publicly tracked on the official GitHub, as this technology is entirely open-source and free to use. Currently, the ZENZO Forge v0.4 (Alpha) is being worked on for public use — an MVP that provides a full backend and frontend. There are more elements already planned, like the ZENZO Virtual Machine (ZVM), scripting language, and trustless interactions between multiple parties and users (smart contracts). The v0.4 (Alpha) is to be released before the release of KOTA: Early Access, as it is a requirement to run.
The ZENZO Forge is an extension of ZENZO Core, adding additional features like a simplified Send/Receive process, ability to create, smelt, and utilize ZFIs, decentralized usernames, and more. Further iterations are to have both of these key aspects of blockchain gaming run just like any traditional game launcher would. The goal is to allow players with any level of technical experience or background be able to utilize these tools for their benefit, without having to understand every single technical aspect behind it (though if desired, it is all public and the ZENZO Team is available to talk more about this to anyone that’s interested).
*Some of the major development and improvements can be found on the GitHub, but ZENZO developers have determined that this technology is to remain open-source, decentralized, and free to use (just like the ZENZO Blockchain and Core Wallet).
What does this mean?
This means that there will not be any third-party charges, taxes, or fees for crafting, smelting, or transferring items from ZENZO. The ZENZO Forge will function most efficiently and benefit the players and game developers with faster transactions and minimal blockchain fees (mandatory — approximately ~0.001 ZNZ). Peer-to-Peer transactions, crafting, and smelting ZENZO Forge Items (ZFIs) will require minimal transaction fees, as mentioned above. This decision was heavily influenced by the fact that adding a third-party fee would ultimately make the network slower and less efficient. ZENZO is more focused on providing accessible and affordable solutions for blockchain gaming, rather than penny pinching.
KOTA: Early Access Registration Now Open!
King of the Apocalypse, also referred to as KOTA, is the first ZENZO Forge Tech Demo that will showcase the benefits, features, and possibilities of the new era for blockchain gaming. KOTA is a post-apocalyptic, FPS survival game that will first start out with a campaign mode and already in discussions for a multiplayer mode. The ZENZO Team has decided that much of KOTA will be community-driven project, where people with all different backgrounds and skills can have some influence on the direction of KOTA.
The first public release will be a limited testing phase, known as “Early Access”, and only 50 players will be able to join for this release. Don’t worry, if you don’t make the cut, you will be able to join for the Alpha Release. The ZENZO Team is looking for players with both passion and experience in the fields of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and gaming. Passionate players that want to be involved in game development, with out being developers or programmers, this is for you!
The Checkpoint: Level 4 Recap
With Special Guests Rob Wilson, Jaxon Valentine, & LTZonda
The Checkpoint Level 4 happened on February 29th, 2020 and was streamed across multiple platforms (Twitch, DLive, Mixer, Youtube, Periscope). For this event, ZENZO invited some of the key players behind Incent. The stream started off with Tendo (host) and LTZonda talking about what Incent is and how he first got involved. During the first hour, viewers could participate in the Marbles on Stream game and enter for their chance to win some INCNT tokens (over $500 total, throughout the 3 hour event). Once the second hour started, Rob Wilson (CEO and Founder of Incent) came on the show to introduce himself and shared his vision for Incent and the story of conception. While he was on for a good hour, the viewers and community were also asking many good questions about Incent, which Rob answered directly. This was a really good experience for both the Incent team and community, as it gave people a chance to meet the team — see that they are real people and actually have a passion and plan for what they are setting out to do. Last but not least, Jax joined Tendo for the last hour and got to share his experience and perspective working with Incent. Most members in the Incent Discord are probably familiar with Jax, but most likely not had the opportunity to watch him on stream and hear him talk before. Many good questions and concerns were brought up and addressed. Overall, it was an incredibly successful event and ZENZO would personally like to thank everyone from the Incent team for joining The Checkpoint and also thanks to all of the sponsors and allies (Incent, PIVX, CoinDreams, Voidnet, and Cryptocurrency Checkout).
Catch The Checkpoint Level 5!
The Checkpoint: Level 5 is currently being planned and the official date has yet to be decided, but it will be towards the end of March. Stay tuned for news and updates regarding who the special guest will be and what all you can expect. As always, the ZENZO Team is open to feedback from the community: what you want to see, talk about, review, and discuss. If you have any comments of what you would like to see at the next Checkpoint event, go to the ZENZO Discord and comment in the #💫-the-checkpoint channel.
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