UK publisher Reality Gaming Group to develop Doctor Who digital trading card game using blockchain technology.
Reality Gaming Group has secured an exclusive global licence from BBC Studios to develop and publish a digital trading card game based on Doctor Who.
The partnership will enable fans to collect and trade digital versions of their favourite characters for the first time, before adventuring through the Doctor Who: Worlds Apart game as the Doctor, battling friends in turn-based contests.
Each trading card a player collects will be tokenised into a non-fungible token (NFT) secured and protected on the blockchain, which means there can be no copies or disputes about ownership. Doctor Who: Worlds Apart players will own unique digital collectable items which can be used in the game or traded with other players.
As with physical trading cards, some will be rarer than others, and all will feature Doctors, companions, allies and enemies from across Doctor Who’s expansive history.
Limited edition packs containing five digital cards will be available for fans to buy from October. Once these limited-edition cards have sold out, they will not be available to purchase again, except by trading with others.
The accompanying Doctor Who: Worlds Apart trading card game will be released for PC in 2021 with mobile to follow, allowing players to go head-to-head with their card collections. More cards will also be made available at launch.
“We are tremendously excited to be working with BBC Studios to bring Doctor Who’s huge global community an exciting new digital experience based on a pastime we all know and love – trading cards,” said Tony Pearce, co-founder of Reality Gaming Group. “The cards used in Doctor Who: Worlds Apart are both functional and collectable, so fans can actually own a piece of the game while they play.”
John Kavanagh, licensing manager, gaming and interactive at BBC Studios, added: “This is what BBC Studios does so well, exploring new technologies and bringing our most iconic brand to an area of the gaming industry which we’re sure will engage and thrill fans.”