In his most recent interview, Activision Blizzard Director Bobby Kotick spoke about his vision for the so-called gaming metaverse. In his opinion, it may well appear very soon thanks to the latest advances in modern technologies - such as AR and VR, cloud storage and much more.
In an interview, Kotick recalled a project called Vivarium, which was created in the 80's of the last century. "People like Ted Nelson have articulated their vision of the metaverse" said Kotick. He believes that such a model could become local, where players can fully exist.
According to Kotick, the main thing is the constant social connection between the players. It will be possible to achieve this precisely thanks to the achievements of the latest technologies, as well as the growing computing power. "In the next 10 years, we can achieve what Nelson said, or what we saw in Ready Player One. I think we are quickly moving towards this as an obvious experience of the mass market" said Kotick. By the way, his interview was about the 2018 film Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg.
Interestingly, Blizzard is not the first company to think about a gaming metaverse. Earlier it became known that one of the developers of Fortnite is also seeking to create a metaverse - for this he raised more than a billion dollars, including an impressive amount from Sony.