When will the full game be released?

Yaku is currently in development in Alpha stage and will be released iteratively through game modules and seasons over the next 5-7 years. This allows the game to continuously expand while the community immerses themselves in the Yaku gaming and co-creation experience. The first of the Unreal Engine 5 game modules are the Nexus, Capsules, and a Demo of the Open World to explore.

What's here and what’s coming in the near future?

What's here today:
  • The Nexus: Our pre-alpha release of the central hub of the Yakus features both multiplayer and single-player modes, initial customization options, wallet integration, and our first set of NPCs to interact with.
  • Capsules: Show off your acquired assets in your own personal showroom, complete with wallet integration for seamless transactions.
  • Open World: Get a sneak peek of our expansive, albeit unoptimized, open world designed for early exploration and adventure.
What's coming in the near future:
  • Nexus V2: The next version of The Nexus will feature integrated voice chat, as well as a lobby showcasing leaderboards with player data and racing results.
  • Optimized Open World: Expect a smoother, more immersive experience as we polish the open world, enriching it with more locations, quests, and NPCs.
  • Access to Your Own Property: Get ready to stake your claim in the Yaku metaverse, personalizing your own digital real estate.
  • Racing Game: Step into the fast lane with high-adrenaline racing experiences that promise both fun and competition.
  • Inventory and Leveling Tree: Your player character will ascend from a mortal being to an all-powerful Kami, unlocking new abilities and stats along the way
  • Crafting: Soon you'll be able to craft powerful artifacts, rare items, and essential equipment, making your journey through Yaku uniquely yours.
  • Enhanced Web3 Economy: We're taking our Web3 integration to the next level, exchanging assets using our dedicated in-game tokens. This enhances player agency, allowing you to buy, sell, or trade items, property with complete ownership and transparency.

How can I learn more about Yaku?

How can I provide feedback on Yaku pre-alpha?

You can join our discord
and navigate to the "Feedback and Bug Report" section to provide feedback on your experience.

How is blockchain, NFT, or cryptocurrency used in this product?

Yaku is built upon cutting-edge blockchain technologies based on the Ethereum L2 Immutable and Solana, fully leveraging the power of Web3. By using non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for in-game assets, we replicate the tangibility of real-world ownership. Players have genuine ownership over a variety of in-game assets, ranging from land and buildings in Yakushima City to their personal avatars, customized gear, and even their unique capabilities as they ascend from mortals to Kami beings.
In Yaku, the utility of blockchain doesn't stop at asset ownership. We also introduce a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), where players can use Yaku's native governance tokens to cast votes on various proposals. This level of engagement means that the community can directly influence the game's future development, and even narrative arcs.

What utility does this bring to the product?

All assets in the Yaku universe are securely recorded on a public blockchain ledger, ensuring verifiable ownership and immutable transaction history for each asset. This structure makes each in-game item immutable, unique, interoperable, and freely tradable among players. Here are some of the key utility features that our blockchain integration brings to Yaku:
  • Unique Player Avatars
    Players can customize their avatars as they ascend from mortals to Kami, making each journey unique and deeply personal.
  • Verifiable Property Ownership
    Players have ownership over land parcels and property structures, which can serve as showrooms, marketplaces, or bases for crafting and quests.
  • Dynamic Gear and Abilities
    The blockchain enables a plethora of customizations, from gear and weapons to unique abilities as players ascend through the leveling tree.
  • Community-Driven Game Development through DAO
    Players can influence the game's direction, features, and policies by participating in the Yaku Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO).
  • Collaborative Exploits and Alliances
    Guilds and alliances within Yaku, provide a platform for political gameplay, territorial conquest, and collaborative quests.

Does Yaku require me to connect an external wallet?

No, Yaku offers flexible wallet solutions to fit your preferences and make your in-game experience seamless. While we do support Solana-based external wallets for those who already have them, Yaku also provides a fully-integrated wallet system that you can set up easily within the game.
  • Ethereum
    We understand the importance of making blockchain features accessible and user-friendly. That's why we've implemented a simple email setup, ensuring that all the complex blockchain integrations are running smoothly in the background without affecting your gameplay experience.
  • Solana Wallet Support
    If you're already using a Solana-based wallet, you'll find it effortless to connect it to Yaku. Our game client integrates smoothly with Solana wallets, providing you the flexibility to manage your assets.

Can I use Yaku without interacting or engaging with blockchain, NFTs, or cryptocurrency?

Absolutely, you can experience the core elements of Yaku's captivating universe without delving into blockchain or NFTs. When you first join the game, you'll be prompted to set up an in-game wallet, but that's as far as you need to go if you choose not to engage with these technologies.
However, to fully unleash the potential of what Yaku has to offer—from owning in-game real estate to ascending the levels to become an all-powerful Kami—you will want to engage with our Web3 features, NFTs, and in-game tokens. These features are designed to enhance your gameplay, giving you verifiable ownership over your assets and a voice in the game's ecosystem.

What chain does Yaku use?

Yaku is exclusively built on the Ethereum blockchain and takes advantage of its Layer 2 scaling solution through Immutable for all in-game transactions and smart contracts.
Why Ethereum and Immutable?
The choice to employ Ethereum and Immutable is motivated by the following key factors:
  • Gaming Specialization: Immutable X is designed with gaming in mind, offering tailor-made solutions that enhance both the performance and user experience within Yaku.
  • Vibrant Community: By building on Ethereum and Immutable X, Yaku taps into a large, active, and rapidly growing gaming community, enriching the ecosystem with diverse talents and enthusiastic participants.
  • Security and Complexity: Ethereum’s robust ecosystem offers a secure and highly programmable environment, which is essential for the complex interactions within Yaku's multifaceted metaverse.
  • Scalability: Immutable offers extremely fast and gas-free transactions, enabling a seamless gaming experience while maintaining the security and decentralization benefits of Ethereum.
  • Interoperability: Ethereum's extensive adoption and compatibility with various digital assets make it straightforward to onboard communities and integrate a range of in-game assets like NFTs and governance tokens.
  • Sustainability: The usage of Immutable significantly reduces the energy consumption associated with transactions, aligning with Yaku’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

Does in-app purchase enabled in the Alpha ?

No... not yet.
This feature will be introduced in the beta of the game.
You will be able to buy/sell your Yaku's assets as NFT directly within the game or from the Yaku HUB.

What can I expect from this early access version of Yaku ?

This version intends to let you explore the Yakuverse and your properties. We will introduce the gameplay and all the features during the next weeks throught regular updates. Stay tuned !

What is the current state of the game?

The game is currently in Alpha, which mean that we're developing the main and core feature of the game and make it available for you in early access to share the backstage and get feedback.

How long will the game be in Early Access? How often will you be updating the game? Will my progress be saved during updates?

We expect to have the game ready in 2024. We'll do regular patches each month roughly. Your progress will be saved.

Will the price change when the game leaves Early Access?

No the Game will be Free

Can I provide feedback and bug reports?

Yes! It's why we provide this early access version. You can provide feedback and bug reports by joining our Discord and go to the bug reports channel!