The Sandbox is one of the most anticipated new NFT games coming out soon, but when is its release date?
The Sandbox first launched as a mobile game in 2012. F1 Delta Time’s developer Animoca Brands bought out The Sandbox IP with the intention of re-launching it as an NFT-based sandbox title on a Polygon sidechain.
Here’s a look at when players can get their hands on The Sandbox.
The Sandbox Release Date
According to its roadmap, The Sandbox 1.0 release will happen in 2021. However, this doesn’t seem likely given neither the Alpha nor Beta have gone live yet.
In a Dev Diary post from June, The Sandbox developers spoke about the Alpha, stating “the Alpha is coming.”
While the developers noted their previous decision to postpone the Alpha until 2021, they did not expand on this date. Instead, they said: “Once we are happy with the internal version of The Sandbox, you will be the first to know.”
The Sandbox’s roadmap set the Game Maker Closed Alpha for Q2 2020, and the Open Beta for Q4 2020. Even if this first Alpha launches in Q4 2021, it will mark a delay of a year and a half. This means we probably won’t see The Sandbox’s full release until late 2022 at the earliest.
We’ll update this page with new information as it comes out.
The Sandbox Roadmap
While The Sandbox’s official roadmap now seems outdated, it gives us some indication of what to expect in the future.
Aside from the launch of the Alpha, The Sandbox players can expect further LAND sales to continue throughout development. The most recent sale – The Walking Dead LAND Sale Wave 3 - went live on September 9, adding eight new Estates.
Looking further into the future, The Sandbox hopes to add new IPs and premium NFTs in 2021, alongside the official releases of VoxEdit and Game Maker – currently in beta.
The current roadmap suggests a console version of The Sandbox will release in 2022, although this may get pushed back.
By 2023, The Sandbox hopes to have over 5000 games available, and will create The Sandbox DAO. The DAO should allow users to play a role in decision-making for the platform.
[Image: Animoca Brands]